Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:49
Adelphi University and the Village of Garden City have always had a very complementary relationship over the years, particularly given how the school is located within the perimeter of the village. That connection has been further strengthened with the implementation of a pilot internship program instituted by Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi. When Mayor John Watras initially brought up to Suozzi the idea of using interns back in the spring, it just so happened that the latter had worked with them during his previous professional life as mayor of Glen Cove. Currently, four Adelphi University students are part of an eight-to-10-week program that finds the quartet working with different village department heads every week. The goal is not only helping them gain real-life work experience in a municipal setting, but to chart spending trends through the compilation of data and in the process, find ways of having the village save money through charts and reports. Should this program prove fruitful, there are talks of expanding to other nearby schools including Hofstra University, LIU Post and Nassau Community College. It’s certainly the kind of "working smarter, not harder" approach going forward that behooves everyone in the long run.
—Dave Gil de Rubio