Corinne Kenny ’17 is interning this summer for Mayor of Rochester Lovely A. Warren’s office in Rochester’s City Hall. The opportunity offers an invaluable experience of working directly with city leaders, including Warren, as well as helping to develop and carry out new community plans that will impact the Rochester community.
“While I have lived in a suburb outside Rochester for my entire life, I was never that engaged with all the wonderful programs Rochester has to offer,” says Kenny, a political science major from Fairport, N.Y. “I believe this internship will offer me unique insight into the outstanding efforts of City Hall as well as give me exposure to public policy and law, which are things I am incredibly passionate about and someday wish to pursue.”
Throughout the internship, Kenny will connect her classroom work in political science, urban studies and public policy and receive firsthand experience in municipal, governmental, budget management, project support, and law. She will also be offered the opportunity to work on her own project and develop ideas and initiatives relating to a selected topic.
Kenny looks forward to working directly with the city leaders to make Rochester “the best community possible,” as well as having the opportunity to see the “daily inner workings” of her local government.
She first learned of the internship opportunity after participating in a job shadow experience through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. After spending the day shadowing Jeremy Cooney ’04, chief of staff for Warren, Cooney suggested that she apply for the internship.
“Career Services is a wonderful aspect of HWS that all students should make use of,” Kenny says. “They provide you with the tools to put all the skills HWS has taught you to use in the real world by connecting you to alums, employers and corporations who are seeking talented, hardworking individuals.”
On campus, Kenny served as an America Counts tutor, helping Geneva Middle School students twice a week with math and English. In the fall 2015 semester, Kenny will study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, where she will take classes exposing her to Europe’s influence in the world market, as well as the impact of post-communism.
“Everything I have done thus far at HWS has prepared me for this internship,” Kenny says. “The professors, classes and opportunities at HWS have provided me with the tools and knowledge to conquer this internship with confidence and determination. HWS has helped me find my passion for law and politics, and now I am able to pursue this passion in the real world at City Hall and I could not be more thankful.”
In the photo above, Corinne Kenny ’18 (center) gathers in Rochester City Hall with Mayor of Rochester Lovely A. Warren (right) and Jeremy Cooney ’04, Chief of Staff to the Mayor (left). Kenny is interning for the Mayor’s Office this summer.