In January 2012, at age 29, Peter Buttigieg became the youngest mayor to serve a U.S. city of more than 100,000 people, and he quickly established South Bend as a model for municipal innovation and smart government. He is a 2004 graduate of the College and a 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frotier Award.
2017 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I have the opportunity to intern in the Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s office in South Bend, Indiana. During a typical day, we help the staff with a number of different things. Along with assisting with basic office duties, we get to engage in projects given to us by staff members. This includes drafting remarks, releases, letters, and other things that are sent from the Mayor’s office, as well as doing research and creating memos. In my first couple of weeks, I was able to do research and draft an op-ed about the newly completed Smart Streets project, which was a revamping of the streetscape in downtown. Recently, I have been assisting with the South Bend Youth Task Force, which is a group of high school students who work to change the community. Additionally, we get to accompany the Mayor to events.
Also, I’ve had opportunity to work a bit with the South Bend legal department. Thus far I have spent most of my time in the Mayor’s office but I have engaged in a few projects from legal.
These include creating graphs, organizing files, and assisting them with a project about the renewing of quiet zones for train whistles in the city.
I would highly recommend that other students apply to this internship for a few reasons. First of all, there are about ten other interns and you develop great friendships with them. Our group of interns recently went to Cedar Point amusement park as a group and play pickup basketball on Wednesday nights. The office culture overall is very fun and energetic. Second, there is a real opportunity to use and develop writing skills that you learn at Harvard. Third, you are able to participate in community events and get involved with what is going on in the city. Fourth, being around a great leader like Mayor Pete is really an invaluable experience and getting to know him has been one of the most interesting parts of this internship. I am excited to see how the rest of the summer goes and look forward to learning more in this internship.
Madeline Raster '19