Capital Region Political Internships

PSC 277 Capital Region Political Internships

In this course, which can be taken in the Fall, Winter, or Spring, students become politically active and/or gain political experience by working for elected officials, government agencies, election campaigns, interest groups, non-profit organizations, lobby firms, etc. Students draw on their internship experience and related academic work to reach a better understanding of the complexities and dynamics of politics at the state or local level.

Student Obligation

  • 120 hours of internship work over the 10-week term
  • associated academic work with course director
  • individual and/or group meetings
  • assigned readings
  • written assignments
  • 1-2 evening events, sometimes with a guest speaker

Examples of Recent Placements

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office
  • Senator Charles Schumer’s Office
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Office
  • US Representative Paul Tonko’s office
  • New York State Assembly
  • New York State Senate
  • Schenectady City Clerk
  • Schenectady County Planning Department
  • Schenectady County District Attorney
  • Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
  • Schenectady County Legislature
  • SKDK Albany (a political public relations firm)
  • US Post Office, Inspector’s Office
  • Citizen Action
  • Alliance for Quality Education, New York
  • Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Center for Community Justice
  • Schenectady Country District Attorney’s Office, Victims Services
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Fraud and Investigations
  • Audubon Society
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