Michael Dukakis Public Service Internships awarded to two UMassD students

Efe Oboh-Idahosa ‘23 and Jennifer A. White, JD ’23 awarded for their dedication to public service

UMass Dartmouth recently announced that Efe Oboh-Idahosa ‘23 and Jennifer A. White, JD ’23 were awarded with a Michael Dukakis Public Service Internships. The internship program began in 1996 when then Governor Michael Dukakis endowed a public service internship at UMass Dartmouth to allow students to gain experience in government service and encourage them to consider a future career in public service.

“It is absolutely essential to reach out to our best young people so they can experience public service at the earliest possible age. There is nothing one can do that is more fulfilling or satisfying in a personal sense than being of service to others," said Dukakis.

Efe Oboh-Idahosa, '23 is majoring in political science with a pre-law concentration and minoring in black studies. Efe has previously interned for Representative Daniel Cahill in 2019 and will be doing her internship this summer at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office.

Jennifer A. White, JD '23, received her BA in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and MA in Social Work from Boston University. Jennifer has previously interned at Senator Joan B. Lovely’s office and will be doing her internship this summer at Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

The endowment provides for paid internships in government service, primarily at the state and local levels within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The internship intends to rekindle a sense of enthusiasm, optimism, and hope about civil service and reach out to talented students to encourage them to consider a career in public service. For 2022-2023, the Dukakis public service interns will intern for at least three months (at least 325 hours) in public service or a government setting.

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