Priority Review Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
Final Deadline: Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
This is a TWO Part Application Process
Part 1: University at Albany Coversheet begins the process by submitting required information for application including: names and contact information for references; transcript release; and Judicial Clearance
Part 2: Application materials as listed below. Students will only receive access to Part 2 upon completion of Part 1
In order for your application to be reviewed by committee, students are required to complete both Part 1 and Part 2. Failure to so will result in your application being removed from consideration.
The Assembly Session intern is assigned research and administrative responsibilities in an Assembly office. The academic component includes a five-day orientation, and each student must enroll in one of the courses offered. The Assembly faculty provides supervision and research advisement and monitors interns' progress throughout the semester.
University at Albany matriculated undergraduate students
Junior standing (at least 56 credits) at the start of the internship
Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply
Selected interns cannot take any other course work in Spring 2022. Approval may be granted on an individual basis by the Director of the Internship at the NYS Assembly
Selected interns are required to have completed or begun their COVID-19 vaccination series prior to the start of the Assembly Orientation on January 10, 2022. You will need to provide proof of vaccination within one week of confirming participation as an intern.
All interns will be required to follow any and all mask-wearing guidelines provided by the CDC, the NYS Department of Health, and the NYS Assembly. Currently all members and employees are required to wear masks.
Students selected for this internship will earn 15 academic credits graded S/U, and will receive a stipend over the course of the internship (paid bi-weekly).
Required Application Materials:
Statement of purpose describing your rationale for applying to the internship and why you would be an ideal candidate
Official transcripts of all college/university courses completed and/or in progress.
Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who have directly observed the applicant (in school or at work) and can give evaluation in one or more of the following areas: character, research skills, familiarity with public policy issues, understanding of the governmental process, and ability to learn in a work setting. At least one should come from a University at Albany faculty member.
A concise academic writing sample which provides a clear indication of the student's research and communication abilities
Selected Interns must be available from January 10, 2022 through May 11, 2022. Please note, if selected to serve as an intern, you must work during the University at Albany Spring Break.
Check out the FAQ's below to assist you in submitting the best application possible!
Still have questions? Contact the Campus Liaison Officer, Casey Kohler, via email at [email protected]
When will the application open?
For the Spring 2022 NYS Assembly Session Internship applications will open on Friday, August 27, 2021
How can I learn more about the NYS Assembly Session Internship?
There will be several opportunities to learn more in the Fall semester! Join us for any of the Information Sessions, Application Workshops, and Drop-In hours! Register to attend the Information Sessions and Application Workshops!
All locations are yet to be determined. As soon as rooms are reserved we will provide an update.
If you plan to attend any of the events, we ask that you please RSVP in advance. Check back for RSVP link in August 2021
NYS Legislative Internship Information Sessions:
Friday, September 10, 2021 3:00-4:30 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:30-8:30 PM
Friday, September 24 3:00-4:30 PM
Check back for information about Drop-In Application Support & Application Appointments to get one-on-one support!
When is the deadline to submit my application?
For the 2022 NYS Assembly Session Internship there are TWO (2) deadlines.
Priority Review Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Final Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM
What is the difference between the two deadlines?
The Priority Review Deadline allows the NYS Legislative Internship Committee the opportunity to review any fully completed applications early! If during the review process, we notice areas for improvement on your application we will notify you so that you can make updates to you application or materials to strengthen your candidacy.
What are the required application materials?
There are a few required materials for the NYS Assembly Session Internship:
Current (and correct) Contact Information for your two (2) references
An Academic Writing Sample
Resume (updated and reviewed by Career & Professional Development)
Statement of purpose
Other materials that will be requested when you complete the Cover Sheet (Part 1):
Transcript Release - we'll process your UAlbany transcript for you at no expense!
If you attended a previous institution, we can process these transcripts as well - just let us know!
Academic Clearance by the Campus Liaison Officer
How can I make my application standout?
The most important way to make your application standout is to bring your authentic self to the forefront. When you write, use your own voice and highlight the topics you care about. This is necessary in the statement of purpose/personal statement because it will show the committee who you are and why you would be an excellent candidate for the internship.
Is there a GPA Requirement?
Yes. Students must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, but student's that may have a GPA slightly below this should still apply if they believe their GPA will meet the requirement by the end of the Fall semester.
If you still are unsure about your GPA, here are some tips:
Speak to other strengths in your personal statement
Showcase your experiences in your resume
Ask one of your letters of reference to highlight other skills you have
What does "class standing" mean?
Class standing refers to your class year and is determined by the number of academic credits you have completed. Students selected for the NYS Assembly Session Internship must be a junior or senior standing. This means that you must have successfully completed at least 56 credits. Exceptions have been made exceptional sophomore students, but this is rare.
If you will have at least 56 credits completed by the end of Fall 2021, you should apply with little hesitation.
What is a letter of reference?
A letter of reference allows the committee to understand who you are as a student, leader, and/or employee. These letters are used to get to know who you are other than what is included on your resume.
For the NYS Assembly Session Internship, you must have two (2) letters of reference for your application to be reviewed. At least one (1) of these letters must come from teaching faculty, with a strong preference that the letter come from a UAlbany faculty member.
Who should I ask for a letter of reference?
Applicants for the NYS Assembly Session Internship must have two (2) letters of reference submitted in order for their application to be reviewed. One (1) letter must come from teaching faculty, with a strong preference that this letter be from a UAlbany faculty member.
You should only ask individuals who can provide an evaluation in one or more of the following areas: character, research skills, familiarity with public policy issues, understanding of the governmental process, and ability to learn in a work setting.
Your letters of reference should support your application for the internship. Here are some additional ideas:
Supervisors from on or off campus employment
Advisors for clubs or organizations
Academic Advisor or Mentor
Letters of reference should not come from:
Individuals who do not know you well
How should I ask for a letter of reference?
You should ask for letters of reference in person or via professional email. Before you list their name and contact information on the application, you should have confirmation that they agree to serve in this capacity.
A few items to also share with them:
They will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter of reference
They will not receive a phone call from a member of the review committee
They must provide the letter of reference through the approved upload link - hard copy or email versions will not be accepted
Their letter of reference should address one or more of the following in relation to your application: character, research skills, familiarity with public policy issues, understanding of the governmental process, and ability to learn in a work setting.
Letters of reference must be uploaded by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 10.
We are unable to accept late submissions
What should I submit for an Academic Writing Sample?
Your academic writing sample should represent your best work. Pick a piece that you wrote (no group projects) and polish it up if you think it needs work. If you need support, connect with the Writing Center for assistance.
The paper you submit must demonstrate your research and communication skills and needs to include a Works Cited with accurate in-text citations.
How do I write a statement of purpose?
This is essentially a personal statement and should highlight who you are and why you are applying for the NYS Assembly Session Internship. This should be more than a traditional cover letter and should not repeat what is on your resume.
Use your own voice
Explain why you should be selected
Include information about your passions
Name drop! Yes, you should include the name of an Assemblymember you want to work with or someone within politics that has inspired you
Showcase your personal connection to NYS politics with a specific piece of legislation or law.
Is there any requirements for uploading my application materials?
Yes! To keep your materials organized and accessible during the review, you must use the following file naming when uploading your materials:
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Resume
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Statement of Purpose
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Academic Writing Sample
What are some expectations of me as an Intern?
You are expected to dress, act, and work professionally. This will be a full-time job with an academic component. Remember, you are representing the University at Albany and your peers. As such, you are still accountable to the Student Code of Conduct for all University at Albany students.
What is the time commitment for the internship?
Students selected to serve as an Intern with the NYS Assembly must return to the Capital Region on or before the start of their mandatory orientation week at the Assembly.
Orientation for the NYS Assembly will begin on Monday, January 10, 2022. The internship will end on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
During the internship, you will work a traditional 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday job as part of a NYS Assemblymembers office. The academic portion is scheduled to provide you with the rigor of 15 credits worth of course work outside of the office role you serve.
You may work above and beyond the 9:00-5:00 because this internship occurs during the NYS Budget Session. This is a critical point for NYS Politics, and being part of this provides students with a unique professional experience.
Finally, because of the nature of the internship program, selected interns do not have a traditional "Spring Break" week in March. NYS Assembly Session Interns may have some time off the week of April 18-22.
Do I have to complete the Academic Component of the Internship?
Yes. The internship is worth 15 academic credits applied to your Degree Program as S/U grading.
Students who fail to earn at least a grade equivalent to a C will not pass the internship, and will not receive the 15 academic credits.
What is the difference between the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate Internship?
The main difference is that each internship serves the respective chamber of NYS government. Students selected for the NYS Senate Session Assistant Internship work within the NYS Senate, while students selected for the NYS Assembly Session Internship work within the NYS Assembly. Additionally, the academic components of the internship will vary based on the chamber.
While both application processes are highly competitive, the NYS Senate Session Assistant Internship is more competitive than the NYS Assembly Session Internship because the Senate accepts (on average) 30 total interns total from all applications received. The NYS Assembly may select up to 150 interns, however this depends on Assemblymembers.
Finally, the application requirements vary between the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly.
Attend the Information Sessions, Application Workshops, and other events so we can assist you in your application!
What is the review process for my application?
UAlbany students are first reviewed by the NYS Legislative Internship Review Committee. This reviews all submitted materials and provides a recommendation on each application.
Our committee does not select the final interns. The recommendations, along with all application materials for every student from UAlbany are submitted to the NYS Assembly Intern Committee for their review and decision. The Campus Liaison Officer advocates for all UAlbany applicants no matter the recommendation of the committee.
Who reviews my application?
The University at Albany formed the NYS Legislative Internship Committee which is comprised of faculty and professional staff from across the university community. The membership rotates annually to allow new members to engage in this critical role.
Who can I contact with questions?
All students can contact the Campus Liaison Officer, Casey Kohler, and the NYS Legislative Internship Graduate Assistant, Stevie Hunter by emailing [email protected]
You can schedule a one-on-one 30 minute meeting to discuss more questions if needed:
Will there be an interview part of the application process?
Possibly. When applications are reviewed by the NYS Legislative Internship Committee, they will determine if an interview is necessary to move your application forward.
These interviews are 20-minutes long, and will provide the committee with more information to submit the highest quality recommendation to the NYS Assembly Intern Committee for your candidacy.
Do I have to be a political science major to apply?
No! Students from all majors are encouraged to apply! This is because the NYS Assembly has committees, task forces, and other groups that align with nearly all UAlbany majors.
The NYS Assembly Session Internship is an amazing opportunity that will provide you with a professional experience no matter what field you go into!
I've completed the application, what's next?
The Campus Liaison Officer and the Committee will send emails with updates throughout the process.
It is strongly recommended that all applicants register for Spring 2022 courses as if they have not been selected for the internship. This will ensure that you are not blocked out of any courses that would be needed to graduate.