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COLUMBIA CITY â€” After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylorâ€™s internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
â€śItâ€™s been an eye opening experience,â€ť said Taylor. â€śAt school we always talk about the state and federal level, and how elections work at that level or how government runs at that level. On a local level itâ€™s not about being a democrat or being a republican, itâ€™s about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.â€ť
Taylor first learned about the internship a few years ago when he attended Columbia City High School, but since he was told they only accepted college students, he waited a few years to apply for the internship.
In the fall, Taylor will be a senior at Hanover College, studying Political Science with a minor in Business.
During Taylorâ€™s short time as an intern, Daniel said he is impressed with all the work he accomplished.
â€śHe will be missed,â€ť said Daniel. â€śZachâ€™s done a lot of work in regards to research and evaluation of some budget items.â€ť
Taylor also attended city meetings and worked on revamping the website to make it more user friendly.
â€śWe video taped all the department heads and put them on there so everyone will know who they are and they wonâ€™t be anonymous anymore,â€ť said Taylor. â€śThe mayorâ€™s is a little more in depth as itâ€™s a little more about getting to know him.â€ť
Lastly, Taylorâ€™s final project consisted of a welcome packet containing information on Columbia City.
Throughout the experience, Taylor said the most challenging part was dealing with different people.
â€śYou have to find a way to relate to everyone, and whatever problem they have, you have to do your best to fix it because thatâ€™s the mayorâ€™s job, to fix peopleâ€™s problems, and he works a crazy amount of hours,â€ť said Taylor.
After Taylor finishes his senior year at Hanover College, he plans to further his education by attending law school or a Masters in public administration.
To view the cityâ€™s website, visit www.columbiacity.net.