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Pepperdine SPP Student Interns with Thousand Oaks City Manager's Office

Over the summer, Analise Nash, a Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Masters Candidate, interned with the City Manager’s Office at the City of Thousand Oaks. During her time there, she had the opportunity to shadow staff members in other departments, work on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion calendar for internal use, research policies for the office, and shadow her supervisor and other staff in the office during meetings. Meeting topics included a discussion of the city’s General Plan, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and updates within the city.

This internship allowed her to supplement her classroom learning with practical application. “It was the perfect complement to what I had been learning in my State and Local Policy classes in addition to the events where I learned about what careers in local government look like. My supervisor was passionate about allowing me to learn as much as I could about city government and other departments, which helped me network, gain a better understanding of how city government operates, and see which departments interest me the most.”

Interning at the City of Thousand Oaks provided Nash with the opportunity to learn how a city operates at a big-picture level and to see what various staff members in the City Manager’s Office do on a day-to-day basis, something that is often unknown to staff members in other departments. 

The Davenport Institute is pleased to have sustained a strong relationship with the City of Thousand Oaks and its City Manager,  Drew Powers. Powers currently serves as a member of our Advisory Councils and has previously served on the leadership panel of the CAPIO Leadership Summit. Our Assistant Director, Pooja Bachani Di Giovanna, also had the pleasure of co-leading a session with Powers at the MMASC Conference in 2022.

We look forward to continuing to work with the City of Thousand Oaks leaders and supporting students aspiring to work in local government.