Andrew Kuhn and Allie O'Shea were with Civic Consulting Alliance as Fellows from
Allie was with us
from April to July, and Andrew from May to August.
Trenati Baker was with us as a Summer Program Assistant from
from June to August, and will start her senior year at Amherst College in the fall
. Matthew Jimenez was a Summer Intern from
The Academy Group
from July to August, and will be a freshman at Northwestern University this fall
What project work were you involved in during your time at Civic Consulting Alliance?
I supported the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on a project to evaluate their staffing and scheduling models to improve efficiency, increase oversight, and explore potential technology solutions. I also analyzed the metrics used to track and measure the impact of CPD community engagement events.
I worked with CPD to assess their officer scheduling processes, identify industry best practices, and develop recommendations to streamline processes and automate technology solutions. This work will help ensure that officers work consistently with one supervisor and have increased oversight.
During my internship, I helped improve Civic Consulting Alliance's cloud storage and special event management systems. I also supported an analysis of the metrics we use to assess our projects' impact.
I worked with Civic Consulting Alliance's communications team. I developed recommendations for a refined social media strategy and conducted a landscape scan on newsletter best practices.
What will you take away from your time at Civic Consulting Alliance?
I'll take away an increased appreciation for the complexity of city governance. I was encouraged by Civic Consulting Alliance's intelligent and motivated staff, who are collaborating with so many others to solve these challenges.
I absolutely loved my time at Civic Consulting Alliance. I was exposed to a new industry and a new network of passionate individuals who want to make Chicago a better place. I will take these experiences and relationships with me, and I'm excited to keep in touch with everyone I met this summer.
I’ve learned a lot about the great work Chicago nonprofits are doing. I've appreciated getting a behind-the-scenes perspective on work that’s being done to create much-needed change—especially in low-income and Black and Brown communities.
: I've gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be a consultant and how to think like one.
What was your most memorable experience during your time at Civic Consulting Alliance?
My most memorable experience was traveling to various CPD districts to better understand their processes. I learned a lot about the distinct challenges that face communities across the city, as well as the challenges that face different units within CPD. Meeting with officers made the work more personal.
I did a ‘ride along’ with two CPD officers during a patrol. It was an incredible learning experience to see what police officers do daily and to gain a better understanding of detailed patrol operations.
I particularly enjoyed my work on Civic Consulting Alliance's staff retreat. I've also appreciated working as part of a diverse team—getting to bond with other Black staff and share our experiences navigating the workplace and profes
sional life in general.
My most memorable experience was being part of a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) staff meeting. As a recent high school graduate, I appreciated seeing how discussions about DEI can take place in a professional setting.
How has your time at Civic Consulting Alliance helped you develop professionally?
I've strengthened my problem-solving capabilities. Every solution I proposed needed to be viable for a budget-constrained, hierarchical organization, while still being effective. I also gained a new respect for the challenges facing CPD, and saw firsthand that change is possible if leaders push for it.
It was a great experience to see how my private sector skill set could be applied to incredibly meaningful work with a public sector agency like CPD. Furthermore, I met so many mentors during my time at Civic Consulting Alliance who really invested in me and provided career advice that I will take with me as I begin by MBA this fall!
I have learned a lot about time management and communication, as well as presentatio
n design and data analysis. I also value the people I've met and the relationships I've developed here this summer.
I learned a lot about the consulting and communications fields. Because of this internship, I will be better able to consider these career paths as I start college this fall.
Civic Consulting Alliance Fellowships are full-time positions that typically last between three months and a year. Fellows are integrated into project teams for a unique professional development opportunity
. Please visit our
page to learn more about our range of fellowship opportunities.