Interns bring City Hall to city streets

It’s been a busy summer so far for Nekaiya Herring and Darrin Stork.

Sheets of paper, binders and folders cover the table in their makeshift office on the third floor of Grand Forks City Hall.

Transformed from a conference room to a work area for two, the room serves as a command center for the pair of UND students who are interning with the city this summer. They’ve met with dozens of residents to hear concerns, planned a city event and are managing a neighborhood beautification project, among other endeavors.

But Herring, 22, and Stork, 27, aren’t the usual political science or public administration interns coming to City Hall seeking experience before graduation.

Instead, they are the first students from UND’s social work department to snag internships in City Hall.

“We’re engaging in a political process,” Herring said. “Not many other (social work interns) get to do that.”

City Council member and social work professor Bret Weber oversees their work.

“The field experience is an important part of what makes our social work program unique both across the UND campus and in relation to other social work programs across the country,” Weber said.

For more about their experience, click here.

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