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Capital Semester Internship Program

New York State Senate and Assembly
Spring Semester

Opportunities for both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Cornell offers the unique opportunity to help students explore careers in public service, public policy, politics and government.  Students work for a Member of the Assembly or a State Senator. The application process is flexible, affording students the ability to work for a legislator with shared policy interests, such as:

Health Care
Environment
Social Sciences
Children and Families
Agriculture
Education
Taxation and Economic Policy
Labor
Urban Planning

Energy
Ethics
Science and Technology
Mental Health
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
State-Federal Relations
Crime, Incarceration, Justice
Human Rights

 
This program offers a paid internship in the New York State Legislature, earning at least 12 credits (12 internship credits plus additional credits from an Intergovernmental Relations course).  Enroll in IE3920/ALS3920 for the 12 base credits and contact the program for information about the Intergovernmental Relations course.

As part of either the Senate or Assembly, students learn through direct experience and formal instruction how the New York State Legislature functions. The Capital Semester Internship Program offers students a type of real-world experience unparalleled by any other program at Cornell.

Who’s Eligible:

  • CALS exceptional Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
  • All Majors welcome to apply
  • Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for internships in the New York State Assembly.
  • Applicants for New York State Senate internships must be U.S. citizens.

Please see individual applications for more information on eligibility requirements and stipend details.

Compensation: Stipend
Undergraduate interns receive a $5,025 stipend.  Graduate interns receive a $15,000 stipend.  Note that existing financial aid packages are unaffected by Capital Semester Internship Program participation.

Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate students will be placed in an Assembly member or Senator's office. Responsibilities may include conducting research, responding to constituent correspondence, tracking legislation, and attending and reporting on a variety of meetings with legislators, lobbyists and other interest groups. The Cornell Capital Internship Liaison will make every attempt to ensure interns are working in offices that support their policy interests.

In addition to daily duties, both the Assembly and Senate each have their own program expectations and unique events, such the annual Mock Legislative Session. Please see individual applications for program descriptions.

Apply Now for the New York State Assembly Session Internship (Undergraduate Students Only)

Apply Now for the New York State Senate Session Assistants Program (Undergraduate Students Only).

Applications and all supporting materials for Senate and Assembly Undergraduate (Session Internship) positions are due by October 24th, 2016 by mail to: 

Zoë Nelson 
Cornell University 
Office of State Government Relations 
126 State Street, Suite 200 
Albany, NY 12207-1637 
(518) 434-4157 
zmn2@cornell.edu

Graduate Students:
Graduate interns serve as policy analysts and staff researchers. Responsibilities may include analyzing proposed legislation, drafting legislation and memos, and preparing reports. Examples of office placements include the Majority Leader's office, Ways and Means Committee, Majority Press Office and Senate Finance Committee. The Cornell Campus Liaison will make every attempt to ensure interns are working in offices that support their policy interests. 

In addition to daily duties, both the Assembly and Senate each have their own program expectations. Please see individual applications for program descriptions. 

Apply Now for the New York State Assembly Graduate Internship (Graduate Students Only).

Apply Now for the New York State Senate Fellowship (Graduate Students/Post-Graduate Students Only).

Both New York State Assembly and Senate applications for graduate students should be sent directly to the appropriate Intern Committees (not the Cornell Capital Internship Liaison). Please see individual applications for deadlines and sender information. 

Questions?  Contact the Cornell Capital Internship Liaison: 

Zoë Nelson 
Cornell University 
Office of State Government Relations 
126 State Street, Suite 200 
Albany, NY 12207-1637 
(518) 434-4157 
zmn2@cornell.edu 

 

Resources:
Cornell in Albany

Located just one block from the Capitol, Cornell’s Office of State Government Relations represents the university before the executive and legislative branches of state government and among other stakeholders to secure state funding and otherwise advance university priorities. The Office of State Government Relations also helps administers the Capital Semester Internship Program. Interns are highly encouraged to use the office as a resource throughout their time in Albany. 

Housing
Capital Semester students live in Albany, an energetic and student-friendly city. Although Cornell does not provide designated housing, Cornell students are given guidance in establishing their residence in Albany. Rent is significantly less expensive in Albany compared to Ithaca, and many interns quickly find housing typically at nearby universities within walking distance of the Capitol and Empire State Plaza.

New York State Assembly

New York State Senate