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WILLIAM NEWPORT, the board president of Maxwell North Community Association, has a son, Robert, who is studying public administration in college. William has suggested that Maxwell North bring on Robert as an intern so he can get hands-on experience in governance, management, and administration. Maxwell North has never employed an intern before, and the community's manager, Wendy Deacon, has expressed some hesitation about starting an internship program specifically for Robert.
Should Maxwell North create an internship program for the board president's son? Could doing so create some conflicts of interest?
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