Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning


Ugochukwu Okere

Ugochukwu Okere
Political Science
Fellow at the Chicago Federal Executive Board

Most people my age do not get to experience government at such a high level at this point in their lives. Working as a part of an agency that deals specifically with intergovernmental collaboration, puts me in a special position in which I am able to interact with virtually every other federal agency. This is everything from the Department of the Interior, to the Department of Justice, and to the Department of State. 

I want to be an elected official in the near future. A big part of that is not only the connections you make in government, but how you can utilize the resources you have for the local government. I have learned of so many grants and programs that municipalities can utilize through intergovernmental collaboration. The mayor of Gary, Indiana came to a place-based training seminar and talked about how through a city partnership, Gary was able to get back on its feet. I want to be able to bring impoverished or in-need communities the resources they need.

Without Loyola I would have never known about this internship. The credibility that Loyola University Chicago gives students puts a stamp of approval a cut above the rest when it comes to resumes as well. The leadership experiences I have had while at this university were plentiful-- from fundamentally diversifying the historical core curriculum to directing and producing an annual fashion show. The culmination of my experiences put me at a unique advantage in acquiring this internship