Seventeen Students Set Off For Spring Semester In Washington

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 31, 2017) – Making the move from New York’s capital to the nation’s, 17 University at Albany students have journeyed to Washington, D.C. as a part of the University’s Semester in Washington Program. From January to May, students will live and work in the epicenter of political and legal policy.

For nearly two decades, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy has administered the Semester in Washington Program for the University at Albany, giving undergraduate students an opportunity to explore careers in government and the public and non-profit sectors. Yielding an expansive network of alumni, students are connected with successful program graduates and political leaders, while also having the opportunity to take advantage of the historic, artistic, governmental, and recreational assets D.C. has to offer.

After two days of professional development orientation on Jan. 18-19, which included workshops on professional attire, networking, mentorship, and how to leverage the semester experience into a future career, the students embarked on their semester-long internship placements.


2017 Internship Placements

  • Maya Billins: U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
  • Christopher Boyle: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA-1)
  • Patrick Farrell: Civil War Trust
  • Rosemarie Frost: U.S. Department of State
  • Alexander Goldberg: N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Office
  • Zachariah A. Levitan: U.S. Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY-3)
  • Ebony Liriano: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • John Pascarella: KGlobal
  • Austin Piazza: C-SPAN
  • Sheela Rodriguez: U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
  • Mitchell Rybak: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Ethan Saville: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Workplace Equality Office 
  • Samantha Source: U.S Congressman Dan Donavan (R-NY-11)
  • Kyle Trimboli: Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC)
  • Allison Walkley: Horton’s Kids
  • Krista White: U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)
  • Nadine Zaky Kotb: U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY-6)

In the past, the program has only ever been offered one semester per academic year, however beginning in Fall 2017 the program will expand to a fall and spring semester option for undergraduate students. The expansion will have a focus on homeland security, cybersecurity and global affairs, jointly supported by Rockefeller College and the new College of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.

An informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Semester in Washington Program in 2017-18 will take place Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in Business Administration 210. 

For more information on the program, visit https://www.albany.edu/rockefeller/siw.shtml

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