DANVERS — There's a new intern learning the ropes at Town Hall in hopes of earning a political science degree and creating a guide to help new residents navigate the services of Danvers town government.
Brad Anderson, 22, of Rockport yesterday began his third week interning at Town Hall, one of his final requirements before graduating from Salem State University in May.
"The goal coming into the internship was having a better understanding about how local government works," said Anderson, who works as the sales manager at AutoZone on Endicott Street and is concentrating in American politics in school.
The internship is the kind of experience you can't get from a textbook, he said.
Anderson was thrown into the thick of things when, on his second day, he attended a meeting with smart grid consultants about the future implementation of a complex new system of electric and water meters that can be read remotely and give customers information on their power use.
That's just one example of Anderson trying to learn what goes on in Town Hall.
"The goal is for him to become familiar with town government," Assistant Town Manager Diane Norris said. Anderson has also been speaking with department heads to figure out the questions new residents ask, so he can compile the guide.
Anderson has contacted surrounding communities to survey what they do to tell new residents about services, and they like the idea of a new resident handbook, he said.
"I'm becoming more and more interested (in local government) as time goes on," Anderson said.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @DanverSalemNews.