City of Savannah
The Mayoral Internship
City of Savannah, Georgia
By: Jonas Subaar, MPA
Introduction The City of Savannah’s City Hall is a beautiful setting indeed to have an internship. Since its construction in 1906, the City Hall has a unique design that inspires all who step in. The portraits of Mayors since 1790 are lined up on the walls of the building, representing a historic piece that fascinates visitors with the knowledge of rich foundation of leaders of the City of Savannah.
On September 22, 2014, I began my internship as a graduate intern in the Office of the Mayor, in the historic City Hall of the City of Savannah. The Graduate Internship in the office of the Mayor is designed for interns to gain the opportunity to learn the inner-workings of local city government and have an opportunity to meet and work with city staff from all sections of city administration and operations.
Before commencing work at the City Hall, I had a number of meetings with Ms. Carliss Bates, the Intern Administrator, my direct supervisor, who shared with me the scope and function of the internship. I worked closely with her and Mayor Edna Jackson. Mayor Jackson is the 65th Mayor of Savannah, and the first African-American woman to hold this positions.My role and responsibilities expanded on youth initiative programs which involved the Savannah Youth Council and as well as other youth initiatives on the Mayor and Council’s agenda. My weekly assignments were a combination of factors including the needs of the Mayor’s Office and my skill set and expressed interests.
From the entrance to the last door of the City Hall, is a group of welcoming folks who together see to the day to day business of the City. During the entire period of my internship, I have enjoyed the collaborative work and noted with admiration the great work ethics of the Administrative Assistants to the Mayor Ms. Sharonte Turner and Ms. Edith Gregory.