By Sue Ellen Woodcock
Never underestimate an intern, especially if they aspire to do great things and have already proven themselves as being more than driven and that’s what you’ll find in the Mayor’s Office when you talk to any of the three interns who are wrapping up their summer experience.
First there is Meloe “Mel” Nazaire, a member of the RHS Class of 2016. She will attend Emmanuel College where she plans to study political science. At RHS she received two scholarships. Nazaire participated in speech and debate, congressional debate, and radio broadcasting (where she won the state championship). Last summer she spent her time working for a family of lawyers. She also has been the Poetry Out Loud coordinator.
Nazaire and her family lived through the most devastating earthquake in Haitian history. She arrived in Revere on a temporary basis which became permanent.
Aspiring to become a lawyer, Nazaire said “I want to create laws that will benefit all people.”
The second intern is Giuseppe Cincinnati, a member of the Class of 2016. He is going to Suffolk University where he wants to study corporate law and then go on to law school to study corporate and real estate law. He received one scholarship at graduation and has lived in Revere all his life. In the Mayor’s office he worked closely with the staff aides.
The third intern is Andres Ramirez, who has entered Revere High School this year as a senior. He’s a member of the Model United Nations, Speech & Debate Team, Revere Environmental Voice, the student senate, as well as cross country and track and field. He’s looking to go on to Boston University or Northeastern to study public health and political science.
During the two month internship, the three assisted the Mayor in secretarial duties, phones, printing, scanning. They also made sure the city events, like the sand sculpting competition, got all the supplies they needed.
Nazaire also helped write some of the mayor’s speeches and material for his Ward 4 forum.
“They have been an integral part of the office,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “They helped make the office responsive and efficient. The goal of the internship is to expose them to city hall.”
Cincinnati worked on several city projects.
“I took calls and listened to the voices of the constituents,” Cincinnati said. “It opens your eyes to all the issues going on in Revere. Definitely an eye opening experience.”
He added that his favorite project was taking the city charter and going over the list of laws and how they are defined in the charter. During his internship he’s also gotten to know one councillor, Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe.
“I just want to be helping people,” Ramirez said. “I love to help and have a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Placed through the Parks and Recreation Internship program, the interns earn $10 per hour and the three in the Mayor’s Office split up 16.5 hours a week.