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Guest Post: Introducing Burlington Mayor’s Office Fall Intern Andrew MacLean

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Mayor’s Office Fall Intern Andrew MacLean.
Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Mayor’s Office Fall Intern Andrew MacLean.

Note from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward: I am always on board with supporting our young folks and giving them the opportunity to gain some real world experience and expand their horizons a bit. That’s why I’m very happy to announce that the Mayor’s Office has a new intern for the fall — Andrew MacLean. Andrew will be helping us out twice a week, and then splitting the rest of his time lending a hand to our Clerks Department. Having only started with us this week, Andrew has already proven himself to be an asset in our fast-paced environment, taking any task assigned to him with enthusiasm and a genuine desire to build on his skills, and pick up some new ones. My staff and I are glad to have him on-board. Below, Andrew tells you more about himself. 

By: Andrew MacLean 

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

Hello Burlington! My name is Andrew MacLean and I have been invited to do a fall internship at the City of Burlington Mayor’s Office. As a co-operative education program (Co-op) student at Aldershot High School, students are given time in their schedule to go into a workplace of their choosing and receive real-world experience in a field they may be interested in.

As someone who has many interests in business, politics and finances, the City of Burlington Mayor’s Office encompasses perfectly the sectors that I am interested in and many more I am looking forward to exploring and experiencing. As an intern, my duties will be to help keep the flow of information to the Mayor as efficient as possible and help where I can with social events and problem-solving for patrons. 

As a Grade 11 student, I enjoy math and business courses alike and decided that Co-op would be the right decision for me. I feel that though in-class courses are important, the ones that give you real-world experience or allow you to build real-world skills are the courses most important for youth my age.

In my free time I love to spend time with friends and family while also balancing my academic and work life. I work a part-time job at FreshCo and have been working since I was 14. 

Camping, sports and music have been a part of my life since I can remember. From the age of 5 to 13, I was in the 31st Burlington scout troop where I learned some crucial skills that I still use today. These days, the camping I do is with my family in our trailer where we travel to a large variety of locations from northern Ontario to states on the east coast. I also enjoy music in all forms — I play the piano and played the trumpet in my school band.

During my time here at the City of Burlington, I hope to make a positive impact in the lives of many and hope to be able to give insight on how life in Burlington is for teens my age. I am grateful for the opportunity and plan on making the best of it.

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1 thought on “Guest Post: Introducing Burlington Mayor’s Office Fall Intern Andrew MacLean”

  1. Welcome Andrew. With a smile so positive and your eagerness to explore how a city operates, it can only be amazing. Please encourage your friends to do the same.
    Thank you for your time.

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