Internship provides hands-on lesson for Westfield teenager

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Commentary by Brady McGinnis

McGinnis

McGinnis

I’m a senior at Guerin Catholic High School and a proud Westfield resident. This year I started to really focus on my future and where that will take me in life. While I began preparing to take that next step, I started an internship with the City of Westfield in the Communications Department.

Working for the city and also being a resident of Westfield gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for city government. I have lived in Hamilton County my entire life, but I take a lot of what the communities have to offer for granted.

My first lesson I learned early on, was working in a professional setting. I’ve played sports most of my life and that dedication along with my school work left little room for a job. This was my first job. Understanding how to communicate with co-workers, the administration and elected officials gave me life skills I can’t learn sitting behind a desk at school.

During my internship, I was able to help assist the department in creating an app for Grand Park. The Grand Park app will be released in March. It is a great tool for Grand Park visitors. They can plan their day and get turn by turn direction to the parking lot closest to their field. Even though my internship program will be over by the time the app is live, it will be fulfilling to know I helped play a small part in its success.

My time has come to an end interning with the city. However, I will take the skills I learned at the City of Westfield and only build on them while I start the next chapter of my life at Purdue University.

Brady McGinnis was an intern with the City of Westfield Communications Dept. For more information, visit www.westfield.in.gov.

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