Citing an interest in the inner workings of governmental operations, Hobart student Bakari White ’12 will intern at the Philadelphia City Council this summer. He will work with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, a 10-year veteran of the City Council. Brown has led a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of the city’s children, such as getting the Phillies and the Eagles to establish a “Fund for Children,” to which they will annually donate $1 million for 30 years.
White will shadow Councilwoman Brown as she goes to city council meetings, thus allowing him to gain a unique insider’s viewpoint on governmental processes. He will also complete various projects, including gathering and entering data sent to the Councilwoman by her constituents.
“I feel this is just the right place to start if I want to get involved with a government job,” says White, a history major and law and society minor.
White is involved in a number of campus activities. He was the first-year class president and is currently president of the community council. He will be a residential assistant in Rees Hall next year, as well as being a facilitator for the Masculinities panel. White has completed the work necessary to attain the HWS Leads certificate, which is offered by the HWS Centennial Center for Leadership. He has also been awarded the Alumni Association Award and the Druid Award for Leadership. He works in the Office of Communications.