Experiential Learning

The Political Science Department believes strongly in the value of political experience, political engagement, and field learning to complement classroom learning.

In recent years students have taken part in a number of political action projects, conducting research that has led to reports that have become influential in community politics. More specifically, students have worked on an evaluation of the Schenectady County Drug Court, written a Juvenile Justice reform proposal, and carried out research for several community organizations. The work of many students is influencing the political process.

The department also runs internship programs in Albany with the New York State Legislature and in Washington, D.C. More than 30 students enroll in these programs each year. We also maintain continuing internships with local government agencies in Schenectady County, including the public defender, district attorney, and social services agency.

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