In March of 2016 I emailed the recently hired City Manager, Dale Martin. I asked if an internship with the City was available. He sent an immediate and friendly reply that basically said, of course - let's set a meeting date.
In May 2016 I officially started my internship with the City. Dale and Nicole (Dale's Assistant) were above all kind and dutiful public administrators. Their guidance and lessons were invaluable.
My 4-month internship with the City of Fernandina Beach was a beneficial opportunity for me to see how efficient local governments work. I enjoyed my time there. During my stint with the city I was enrolled in my Governmental Budgeting and Finance course. Dale afforded me the opportunity to help with the 2016 - 2017 Annual Budget to assist me with the finance course. The best way to learn is by doing, and I got the chance to do just that, below is a list of pages I put together and edited:
Pg. 2 Historical Background
Pg. 11 Reader's Guide to the Budget (Pg. I.3)
Pg. 12-13 Budget Tab Descriptions (Pg I.4 - I.5)
Pg. 13 Frequently Asked Questions: (Pg. I.5)
Pg. 345-348 Glossary (pg. XI.1 - XI.4)
Pg. 355-361 Frequently Used Acronyms (XII.5-XII.6)
It's exciting that I got to help out with such an important document. Above all I'm happy that I had this opportunity, I can now carry this experience with me into a future career.