10931383_631202903652983_3529036914828728558_nMy name is Gerard Davis. I would like to personally welcome you, my fellow ASU School of Public Affairs interns, to my web log for PAF 484: The Gerard Davis Internship Experience. Since this is my first post, I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about myself.

I am a majoring in Public Service and Public Policy at the ASU School of Public Affairs; and I am an Empowerment Scholarship Intern at the Arizona Department of Education. My internship is part of the Interns-in-Action program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Administration. Susan Laurence in Human Resource Management heads up the program; and she was very helpful in getting into the program.

I began my internship on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 10:00 AM, with orientation at the Arizona Department of Administration. As part of orientation, I was issued my Arizona state employee identification badge. After orientation, my fellow interns and I were treated for lunch at Pita Jungle. After lunch, we headed back to the Arizona Department of Education to sign our loyalty oaths and officially begin our internships. I signed my loyalty oath a couple of hours after Diane Douglas took her oath of office to begin her term as the new Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

After signing our loyalty oaths, my fellow interns and I went to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to meet with Karla, who is our immediate supervisor. Then we were shown some of the things that we would be doing as Empowerment Scholarship Account Interns, given our work schedules, and shown the cubicle that we would be sharing. My fellow interns and I were released to go home at 3:30 PM.

I am scheduled to intern on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. I get an hour lunch. In addition to Karla. I work with Kayla, Patrick, and Edgar. My fellow interns are Sami and Adrian.