Being a Helper and Other Lessons from Summer 2020

Given the general craziness that is the world situation right now, and the multiple plan changes that had to take place this summer before I was able to obtain an internship, the summer turned out to be an incredible experience. I think that, as is often the case, we end up learning the most in…

Learning Virtual Soft Skills in COVID America

Working at any level of government requires a wide variety of soft-skills that are never taught in a classroom and have to be learned from interacting with people by working to solve problems to reach goals effectively. My internship with the Urban Redevelopment Authority this summer has been no exception. However, the virtual nature of…

The Importance of Local Government in 2020 (and always)

This summer I have had the opportunity to once again work within the field of local government as a Keefe fellow. The sector of local government I have been able to work as a part of this summer is a specific type of agency called a “redevelopment authority.” In Pennsylvania state law, redevelopment authorities are…

A Virtual Keefe Fellowship: Summer 2020

Hi everyone! My name is Tyler Viljaste, and I am one of the two Keefe Congressional Fellows for the 2020 Summer term! I’m originally from Gibsonia, PA, which is just north of Pittsburgh. I am a rising Junior pursuing a BPhil in Politics&Philosophy and Finance, and I am a former 2019 Brackenridge research fellow through…

Public Service From Home: A 2020 Experience

Hello! My name is Dylan Sloat and I am one of the two 2020 Keefe Congressional Fellows! I am from Cranberry Township, PA (about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh) and have lived my entire life within the greater Pittsburgh area. I grew up as a huge Pittsburgh sports fan and have always loved the city…