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Graduate School:Harvard Kennedy School
Emily says that the Rappaport Fellowship was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. First and foremost, it allowed me to gain an insider's view into the workings of the public sector. My professional experience until this summer had been exclusively in the non-profit sector, so my time in Somerville – from attending morning staff meetings with the mayor to interacting with a wide range of city employees and residents – gave me a thorough education on what it's like to work for municipal government. While by no means glamorous and at times frustrating, it's also uniquely rewarding because you can actually observe how the work you do benefits the public. I feel grateful to be a part of the Rappaport Program’s considerable network of like-minded individuals seeking to improve the workings of state and local government. The summer sessions that the fellows attend together on a weekly basis were also fantastic experiences, allowing us to experience parts of Boston that many of us had never been to, and may never have been able to go to (like the MBTA Operations Control Center).