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June 16, 2022

HARRISBURG — Some of the brightest young minds in Central Pennsylvania had the chance to speak with city government leaders on Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center.

Seven interns from the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, whose website describes itself as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of significant contemporary international issues throughout Central Pennsylvania, were guests of the City of Harrisburg. They met with department and bureau heads from across all forms of city government, including the city’s law bureau, building & development, finance, business, communications, health, codes, and parks & recreation.

Interns also spoke at length with Harrisburg Bureau of Police Commissioner Thomas Carter, who stressed the importance of the interns becoming politically and socially active as they get older.

“Everybody here has a voice, and you have to be heard,” said Carter. “You can achieve anything you want to, as long as you put your mind to it.”

After meeting with department heads, the World Affairs Council group had lunch with Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams in her cabinet room.

The World Affairs Council summer internship program is run jointly with PennLive and Temple University Harrisburg. Throughout the summer, interns will have the opportunity to speak with journalists and Pennsylvania state legislators, along with other political specialists. Many have expressed the desire to become politically active.