Clayton State University student Kashif Campbell recently gained hands-on experience through his internship with the Clayton County Board of Commissioner's Office. The student internship was awarded by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia as part of the Georgia County Internship Program.
Campbell, a sophomore majoring in political science and president of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, learned of the internship while doing a community service project with his fraternity brothers in Rex. There, he was introduced to Sonna Singleton, (Commissioner-District 1 Clayton County Board of Commissioners).
“My internship at the Clayton County Board of Commissioners Office was a great learning experience,” Campbell says. “Immediately I was welcomed by the commissioner and her staff. They set me up with my own cubicle equipped with computer, phone, and printer. I took most of my instruction from Sharon Kellam, a constituent aide to Commissioner Sonna Singleton and Commissioner Wole Ralph. I was trained on Excel and learned many skills in public relations. I never knew how many people in Clayton County were out there truly trying to make a difference in the community until I began to hear the calls and schedule meetings.
“These Commissioners really do all they can for the community from being at homeowners’ meetings to answering questions to being in the streets picking up trash; they don't do this job for the income but rather they receive their ultimate satisfaction from making the county a better place to `live, work, and raise our children’, as Commissioner Singleton would say.
Campbell also worked with constituent complaints.
“I was also allowed to direct constituent complaints to their appropriate departments. I never realized that so many people were trying to start neighborhood watch programs, get traffic lights put up at dangerous intersections, start private bus transportation services, etc.” he says. “The internship opened my eyes to see the importance of local elections and that County Commissioners have a more immediate effect on the Clayton county residents than would the President, or even a Congressman.”
Campbell is very involved student on campus. He is a member of I.M.P.A.C.T., where he previously held positions as public relations director and vice president. He was also elected to be a Student Government Association senator last year, and is currently president of the Omicron Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Despite a busy schedule, Campbell will still volunteer in the community.
“I would like to say that given the opportunity I would continue to assist the Clayton County Board of Commissioners as a volunteer because I feel there is so much more I can learn and so many more influential people I can meet,” he says.