HAMDEN — Eight Quinnipiac University students are gaining valuable municipal-government work experience this summer as Quinnipiac Presidential Public Service Fellows. Projects range from to studying how to recycle construction materials, to overhauling municipal websites, to helping formulate a town’s Plan of Conservation Development, to lending technical support to a municipality’s Public Works Office.

The fellows, who worked in Hamden and North Haven, are Matt Bowser, Ashley Alcott, Greg Coutros, Elisabeth Emery, Justin Felix, Lauren McMahon, Alexa Panayotakis and Stacy Pierre-Louis. Majors represented include political science, advertising, civil engineering and philosophy. “In our program, these students make a real contribution to the needs of Hamden and North Haven,” explains fellowship director Scott McLean,  a professor of political science. “And thanks to the enthusiastic mentoring of the various department heads, they get a real education in leadership and how public policy gets made.”

Leslie Creane, Hamden’s director of planning and zoning, calls QPPSF a “fabulous program. I’ve been very pleased with every intern from Quinnipiac that we’ve had. They’re really high-caliber students. They’re self-motivated and really interested in learning how government works.”

A senior advertising major from Hamden, Alcott works in his hometown mayor’s office. “I love it,” he says. “It’s definitely not just an internship. It’s like you are a regular town employee. I’m really learning a lot about how a municipal government works.”