Our goal is to substantively increase Trinity’s overall experiential learning offerings – across all departments and programs – within both major courses and general education offerings. Trinity will become a place where all students have numerous opportunities to learn about themselves and other industries from powerful experiences such as internships, client projects, off-site travel, independent research, artistic and cultural programming, and volunteerism. In the next ten years, Trinity will seek to improve the quantity and quality of experiential learning in all academic programs by increasing the number of participating faculty, students, and alumni.
In the shadow of the San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio’s City Hall is home to Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and the 10 City Council members that represent the Alamo City. City Hall was also home to Tanner Kohfield ’18 and Alex Perkowski ’18, summer interns in the Office of the Mayor. Kohfield and Perkowski secured their internships through Trinity’s Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (ALE) program, an office built on the Trinity’s liberal arts core and its business administration program.
As interns, Kohfield and Perkowski gained a new perspective about the work required to make a city of 1.4 million run. Kohfield, a political science and economics double major from Austin, spent the majority of his internship preparing for the San Antonio Housing Summit set for September. The goal of the summit is to grow healthy and diverse cities where a variety of housing options exist.
Like Kohfield, Perkowski says this internship made him more aware of the problems faced by different segments of San Antonio. A political science major from Spring, Texas, Perkowski attended council meetings and noted where members stood on the issues. He also conducted research for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), a collaboration of city, county, judicial, and law enforcement officials to address shared problems in the criminal justice system.
Kohfield and Perkowski say that they are thankful for the ALE program and the doors it opened at the mayor’s office. Working for a dedicated public servant like Mayor Taylor, they add, was a tremendous bonus.