Our Summer Storytellers

This summer, we started a new internship program to help tell the stories of civic innovation happening in City Hall! Three interns have joined us to learn, write, and produce videos about the innovative work that goes on here every day. Please allow me to introduce you to our storytelling interns:

Meet Bridget 


Hello! My name is Bridget Louise McAllister. I’m a rising senior at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, majoring in TV, Radio & Film. I’m from a small town in central New Jersey, but am thrilled to live here in Syracuse and to have the opportunity to work with the city’s talented public servants. This is a beautiful town filled with driven, inspiring people and I can’t wait to get started!

I’ve always been completely fascinated by stories—listening to them, envisioning them, and telling them. I believe humans are a storytelling species, a little marvel that makes us unique! Much of my work has been in video production, particularly online content. While I’ve mostly worked on short fiction films, my later work on commercials and PSAs has piqued my interest in more focused, pragmatic media on behalf of real-life people and causes. Being here in city hall and learning about its projects to make Syracuse a great place to live is incredibly exciting. In my spare time, I like to read, draw, and embroider, as well as run a small history blog.

Meet Jeffry


My name is Jeffry Mateo. I am a dual communications and political science major at Le Moyne college and I am going into my senior year as an undergraduate student. I am from the Westside of Syracuse and I come from a Spanish household, making me bilingual. I am also an Intern at Bond Schoeneck and King, where I have worked in many different departments, including office services, marketing, human resources, and accounting. My hobbies include playing the drums, exercising, playing basketball and helping as many people as I can. I am very outgoing and creative, which is one of the many reasons I chose to join the Office of Accountability, Performance, and Innovation.

Growing up in the City of Syracuse allowed me to see many of the challenges that residents face on a daily basis. I believe that I made the right choice by joining a team of people who are passionate about their mission to create a better and safer community. I look forward to seeing how the City contributes to the different communities and neighborhoods, and I cannot wait to meet all the people who work for the City of Syracuse.

Meet Will


My name is Will Streissguth and I’m a graduating senior at Corcoran high school. I’ve lived in Syracuse my whole life and I’ve seen a lot of what goes on in the city, but I’m eager to discover more stories throughout the city in this internship. In the fall, I’m attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles pursuing a major of film with a focus on film and television production. 

I love telling stories of any kind, but until recently, I’ve only told stories that reflected upon the people and events surrounding my life. I think that this internship is a perfect opportunity for me to tell stories that reflect people outside of my social circle. I also think that this internship will be valuable because it will allow me to work with others. I’m excited to see what stories other people can tell, and I hope to learn from my experiences in the internship.