Mitchell internship nurtured a passion for community outreach

Photo of Mitchell Alum David Reyes

As director of state and local outreach for the CT Department of Public Health, Dave Reyes, Jr. (Business Administration, ’08) found himself back on campus for a COVID-19 Booster Clinic on Wednesday, March 2, in the Red Barn. The clinic was open to the campus community and the general public.

Reyes said his skills in community outreach, so critical to his current job, were honed as a student at Mitchell and as president of the Student Government Association (SGA).

“Mitchell gave me the opportunity to work with SGA and partner with a local senior housing complex, providing Thanksgiving dinner to the residents and painting their apartments. I also did an internship with the Office of Economic Development for the City of New London and learned about the importance of networking. Networking is so critical to the work that I do today – making connections daily to continue vaccinating Connecticut residents against COVID-19,” he said.

“Knowing that my teachers knew if I was in class or not – and caring – mattered to me.”

Reyes said Mitchell’s small campus, close proximity to home and accessible faculty and staff drew him to apply for admission.