After 39 years of dedicated service to the city of Madison, former clerk to the Mayor’s Office, Wanda Fullmore now enjoys in retirement an enduring legacy. This week 52 high school students were formally inducted into the ranks of the Wand Fullmore Youth Internship Program. Having worked at City Hall since 1975 through five mayoral administrations her long career represents the highest standard of community and civic engagement. Following in her example the 2016 class of summer interns will be guided and mentored to become a thriving new generation of aspiring leaders.
“It really means a lot to me because it’s given kids like myself when I came around in the program a chance to experience a different level of employment,” Fullmore said at a Central Library ceremony. “To get into the government and know it and learn from it is so important and just makes my heart so happy. I’m so proud.”
The student interns will work through the summer in paid positions across all sectors of city government. Six of the interns, for example, will work with the Department of Public Health on the Children In Nature Initiative, to promote a conversation on making Madison’s green space more accessible to young people. Earning $9 an hour 20 hours a week they will not only learn valuable skills in professional development but they will also help their respective agencies to become better familiar with the needs and interests of today’s youth. Tariq Saggaf, neighborhood resource coordinator at the Mayor’s Office said the interns have an exceptional opportunity to make a profound impression upon the city of Madison by getting involved in its governance.
“When people dig into their communities things happen. I’m wondering who in this room will be the next mayor,” Saggaf told the beaming crowd. “I look forward to seeing you dig in and watch the things you make happen.”