Winter & Spring 2017 Fellow,
Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
Andrew's final thoughts on his internship:
The City of San Jose Policy Team focuses on delivering core services to constituents in the most efficient manner possible, while adjusting and implementing policy measures to position San Jose for long-term success, all within the restraints of the city budget.
I supported the Policy Team in a variety of ways including curating and analyzing constituent mail, and organizing data about events and issues. I also completed two significant projects, which included researching and securing private funding sources for a new city beautification initiative. #BeautifySJ is a city-wide initiative launched by Mayor Liccardo in his 2017 State of the City address aimed at reducing blight and improving the quality of life in San Jose.
In classes, it is easy to mistakenly think that Economics is a science with “right answers.” However, while we work with two, maybe three variables in class, public policy engages so many stakeholders and an infinite number of interconnected variables. It was humbling but also energizing and fascinating to learn more about the real world complexities of societal and economic issues.
The most beneficial part of my experience was working alongside my coworkers. Before working in the public sphere, government seemed an autonomous – not necessarily benevolent – body. Supporting the most impassioned employees I have ever seen was an honor and a learning experience. Their work inspired me to stay true to the Jesuit mission of being a man for and with others, and to carry that into my business career using the skills the Leavey School has given me.