Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin recently welcomed 14 students for the spring semester of the Mayor’s Fellows program, which provides both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how a high-energy local government operates.
The fellowship caters to students seeking course credit or to those simply wishing to gain public service experience.
The Mayor’s Fellows will assist with research in various areas and provide aid to the mayor’s staff. To date, the Mayor’s Fellows program has had more than 150 students participate.
The spring semester participants from the University of South Carolina include Jalesa Cooley, a junior majoring in public relations; Meghan Durant, a junior studying political science and public relations; Taylor Evans, a junior majoring in public relations and minoring in psychology; Daniel Glover, a senior majoring in public health with a minor in business administration; Kevin Harper, a sophomore biology major; and Nakia "Nick" Hooks, a freshman political science major.