Program Alumni

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      Charlotte Von De Bur

      Charlotte Von De Bur

      Placement: Office of Ken Yeager, Board of Supervisors - District 4

      Educational Institution: University of Chicago

      "I appreciated the high level of autonomy, which granted me ample room for professional growth, something that many other internship programs lack."

      Christian Andres

      Christian Andres

      Placement: County Communications

      Educational Institution: Evergreen Valley College

      "This experience, I can say has inspired me to work for the county in a public safety capacity. I've always wanted to work in public safety and I am very fortunate and blessed to have been put in this program. It was a very unique and valuable experience."
       

      Colleen Burke

      Colleen Burke

      Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Women's Policy

      Educational Institution: Santa Clara University

      "Not only did I feel as though I was actually capable of making an impact, but it taught me some very beneficial ways of communicating and working in an office environment. Mostly, it fueled my passion for social justice and I felt like I was finally doing something that mattered to me."

      Divya Kumari

      Divya Kumari

      Placement: Office of the Sheriff

      Educational Institution: Evergreen Valley College

      "I believe the PSEP program is a learning program and you can gain a lot of knowledge with the program. I recommend this program to all the students because it is an experience that will teach you tons."
       

      Rodrigo Raya, Jr

      Rodrigo Raya, Jr.

      Placement: Roads and Airports Department

      Educational Institution: Gavilan College

      "The people I mainly worked with shaped me into a better man and helped me decide what I want to do with my life. I benefited so much form this internship. Seeing everyone being happy at their job is the definition of a job."

      Sochinazor Odidika

      Sochinazor Odidika

      Placement: Information Services Department

      Educational Institution: California State University, East Bay

      "This fellowship has not only intrigued my curiosity; it has also led to me inquiring about the possibility of a GIS certification after my graduate degree in the fall of 2017."

      Tran Tran

      Tran N. Tran

      Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Immigrant Relations

      Educational Institution: De Anza College

      "The experiences in these weeks really inspired me to work in the County because I have learned Santa Clara County staff has worked as a great team and have provided a great support to others to achieve the mission."
       

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        Aryan Taheri

        Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Sustainability

        Educational Institution: De Anza College

        "This experience has made me adopt a newfound appreciation for the work the county does. Additionally, there are many kind and inspiring people that I met that work at the county, which made me open up to the possibility of eventually working for the county."

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        Ashley Estrada

        Placement: Roads and Airports Department

        Educational Institution: San Jose State University

        "My time at the Roads and Airports Department has been life-changing. Coming into this program, I was unsure of what career I wanted to pursue in life. Leaving this program, I know that I would like to work for the County... Overall, I recommend this program to all students as not only do you grow professionally, but you grow as a person."

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        Caroline T. Le

        Placement: Valley Medical Center

        Educational Institution: De Anza College

        "The entire experience opened my eyes to how much of an impact SCVMC has on our county. Working here has shown me that this is a place where people can provide for anyone despite their socio-economic status. I believe in helping every single person as much as possible and if I was given the opportunity to work here or in the County, I would gladly accept the offer."

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        Nolan Golden

        Placement: Department of Planning and Development/Office of Ken Yeager, Board of Supervisors - District 4

        Educational Institution: Gavilan College

        "I received most, if not all, of my inspiration to work for the County when I began my second fellowship with D4. Being able to actively participate in the D4 community was like being able to see all of your hard work come to fruition."

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        Quynh Vo

        Placement: Employee Services Agency

        Educational Institution: San Jose City College

        "I would consider to work for the County later on when I am finished with college. The job that I was doing would help me on communication skills, teamwork, researching, and analyzing which I would find a job for Human Resource Department or my Economics major related in the future. I also love working in a professional field like the Santa Clara County."

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        Ryan Tieu

        Placement: Technology Services and Solutions

        Educational Institution: San Jose State University

        "The Government Fellowship Program was a great way to allow students, like me, to have a taste of the professional work environment and how it is to work for the government. After working for [TSS], I have placed the Santa Clara County, especially the Employee Service Agency, as a strong option to work for after I graduate from San Jose State."

        Soledad Parada

        Soledad Parada

        Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Supportive Housing

        Educational Institution: Mission College

        "...I am beyond excited and blessed that the Office of Supportive Housing loved my help that they offered me to stay as an Intern III. Thank you so much for the opportunity and I hope many more students are able to benefit from the fellowship as much as I did."

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        Tran N. Tran

        Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Immigrant Relations

        Educational Institution: University of California, San Diego

        "This is my second year in the Government Fellowship Programs and I still have a same conclusion that this work experience really inspires me to work for the County. I am proud of what SCC has achieved and the fact that local government always supports its community."
         

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        Tyris Le

        Placement: Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency

        Educational Institution: De Anza College

        "Overall, this fellowship was an eye-opening experience and was a privilege to be able to get my feet wet in the field of government work. After witnessing how interesting this type of county job can be, I am more curious about it and hope to immerse myself into other aspects of government duties as a possible future career."
         

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        Vinshaan Nguyen

        Placement: Department of Planning and Development - Technology Services and Solutions

        Educational Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz

        "I thought that this program was very beneficial for me. I was able to take what I have been learning in school and apply it to my work on the InSite permit system. Through these 10 weeks, I have been exposed to a real working environment and I was able to work with real professionals."
         

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        Brendan Miller - Honorary Fellow

        Placement: Department of Planning and Development

        Educational Institution: San Jose State University

        "Overall the experience has been a positive one... Learning about the various aspects of both the permitting processes and future agricultural developments was a highlight."

        2019 Summer Cohort
          Annjelika Slate

          Annjelika Slate

          Placement: Office of the County Executive - Privacy Office

          Educational Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara

          "The Fellowship has had a tremendous impact on my career aspirations and academic interests. Working for the Privacy Office gave me a glimpse into a brand new and interesting field, one that I hope to incorporate into my studies and research at UCSB. I would recommend this Fellowship to anyone that is interested in expanding their professional outlooks and relationships, as well as those that are passionate about local government. It was such a great opportunity and I am truly thankful."
           

          Christopher Song

          Christopher Song

          Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Supportive Housing - Housing and Community Development Division

          Educational Institution: University of California, Berkeley

          "If I was given the opportunity to work for the County of Santa Clara, I would gladly take it as I believe that working in the public sector really emphasizes your role in helping others, rather than private companies that really emphasize profit and maximizing their revenue. The public sector really addresses the needs of the public by using public funds and using those ideas to help people in need or just helping the entire county in general. As a result, I want to be involved and a part of something that could really help influence my own community."
           

          Darius Johnson

          Darius K. Johnson

          Placement: Valley Medical Center

          Educational Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

          "While working on some of the projects within my placement at VMC, I truly feel as though I have made an impact on the system which has ultimately impacted the residents of the County... and I feel as though I have helped the County achieve its safety net mission to ensure that patients, regardless of socioeconomic status, have the ability to receive high-quality healthcare..."
           

          Emily Rosas

          Emily Rosas

          Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Supportive Housing - Rapid Rehousing

          Educational Institution: University of California, Merced

          "This experience has definitely inspired me to work for the County of Santa Clara in the future. Through my experience, I've learned about the critical leadership position Santa Clara County has in working towards solutions for both homelessness and the regional housing crisis. I've also been motivated by the professional atmosphere within County offices and the high level of commitment that SCC employees have for the work they do."
           

          Javeria Idris

          Javeria Idris

          Placement: Public Health Department

          Educational Institution: Mission College

          "This experience has definitely inspired me to want to work for the County because it opened my eyes to the effort the Public Health Department puts into keeping our County healthy and safe at all times. The positive impacts that the Department has brought to the County as a whole and will continue to bring is quite inspiring. Working for the County for these past 8 weeks has given me the opportunity to engage in professional teamwork, communication, research, etc., and I would be happy to work in Public Health or another County Department in the future, in order to improve the lives of Santa Clara County residents, regardless of age, ethnicity, or economic status."
           

          Kristopher Olarte

          Kristopher Olarte

          Placement: Registrar of Voters

          Educational Institution: DeVry University

          "...I initially thought that this [fellowship] would only have me doing basic tasks using Microsoft Word or Excel while participating in some duties revolving outreach, but it exceeded my expectations. I immediately started working in my career field and creating several different graphic design projects to explain and clarify the new voting system... (Voter's Choice Act)."
           

          Michaela Fogarty

          Michaela Fogarty

          Placement: Office of the County Executive - Office of Supportive Housing - Crisis Response

          Educational Institution: Pitzer College

          "I'm still not totally sure what I want to do after college, but I think that this fellowship has definitely strengthened my drive to want to work with other vulnerable communities and work with people to better their situations. No matter what I do post-college, I do know that the Fellowship will have prepared me for future work in different communities and being able to work professionally with other people and being able to respond to their issues."
           

          Nora Ramirez

          Nora S. Ramírez

          Placement: Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, Board of Supervisors - District 3

          Educational Institution: San Jose State University

          ​"My fellowship has taught me to push myself in an unfamiliar work environment, to believe in myself. I would definitely recommend the Government Fellowship Program to family and friends as this is a great way to become involved with the government to better understand how everything works and to appreciate what is done for the community every single day."

            Alex Weiskopf

            Alex Weiskopf
             

            Placement: Office of the County Executive – Privacy Office

            Educational Institution: Santa Clara University

            “This Government Fellowship Program has helped prepare me for my future career immensely... Researching and writing about the [California Consumer Privacy Act], Exposure Notification Privacy Act and many other ordinances or proposed bills has given me a reference for how Privacy legislation might be crafted in the future, and I can use that knowledge later in my career.”
             

            Arielle Dorch

            Arielle Dorch

            Placement: Valley Medical Center

            Educational Institution: San Jose State University

            “Throughout my experience as a 2020 Government Fellow at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, I’ve grown tremendously as an individual and professional… As someone fresh out of college, the various opportunities to learn and serve through the County have always been attractive to me. And because of the culture that VMC and Santa Clara County maintains, I am definitely inspired to serve the public and represent the County.”
             

            Randall Clopton

            Randall Clopton

            Placement: Office of the County Executive – Privacy Office

            Educational Institution: University of California, Berkeley

            “…One of the major career benefits I gained from this fellowship was the integration into the network of local government privacy professionals. The people I have met and spoken with over the course of the fellowship are some of the leaders in this field, and I feel that I have set myself up well to continue working in the broader information and tech policy space.”
             

            Vianna Vo

            Vianna Vo

            Placement: Valley Medical Center

            Educational Institution: Stanford University

            Without the experience that GFP provided me, I would still be in the dark, trying to figure out the path that I am supposed to walk. Above all, it is the people at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) that made this experience special. Though I learned much about the U.S.’ health care system, and how to use pivot tables in Excel, that is not the part of the program that made it different... Instead, it was the opportunity to interface with employees at the County and to learn more about their stories and what motivates them to stay at SCVMC.”​

            Government Fellowship Program 2019 Fellow's Testimonials

            Government Fellowship 2018 Fellow's Testimonials

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