Applications will open on Friday, August 27, 2021.
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 three letters of reference; transcript release; and Judicial Clearance
Part 2: Application materials upload as listed below. Students will only receive access to Part 2 upon completion of Part 1 of the application process.
In order for you application to be reviewed by committee, students are required to complete both Part 1 and Part 2. Failure to do so will result in your application being removed from consideration.
The Senate Session Assistant is assigned research and administrative responsibilities in a Senator's office. The academic component includes a five-day orientation, and each student will complete academic activities and assignments. The Office of Student Programs 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 3.0 or higher
Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply
Statement of purpose describing your rationale for applying to the NYS Senate Session Assistant Internship and why you are an ideal candidate
Official transcripts of all college/university courses completed and/or in progress.
Three (3) letters of reference 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. Two of the letters of reference must be written by academic/teaching faculty, with at least one of these being from a University at Albany faculty
A concise academic writing sample which provides a clear indication of the student's research and communication abilities
Two (2) memoranda
Students selected for this internship will earn 15 academic credits, and receive a stipend over the course of the internship (paid bi-weekly).
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 Senate Session Assistant Internship applications will open on Friday, August 27, 2021
How can I learn more about the NYS Senate Session Assistant 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 Session 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 Senate Session Assistant Internship there are TWO (2) deadlines.
Priority Review Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
Final Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
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 Senate Session Assistant Internship:
Current (and correct) Contact Information for your three (3) references
An Academic Writing Sample
Resume (updated and reviewed by Career & Professional Development)
Statement of purpose
Memorandum and Rebuttal
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 3.0 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 Senate Session Assistant 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 Senate Session Assistant Internship, you must have three (3) letters of reference for your application to be reviewed. At least two (2) of these letters must come from teaching faculty, with one being from a UAlbany teaching faculty.
Who should I ask for a letter of reference?
Applicants for the NYS Senate Session Assistant Internship must have three (3) letters of reference submitted in order for their application to be reviewed. Two (2) letters must come from teaching faculty, with one of them being a teaching faculty member at the University at Albany.
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 Senate Session Assistant 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 a Senator 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.
How do I write the memoranda?
Students applying must submit two memoranda - a policy proposal and a policy rebuttal. These can either be for enacted, proposed or new ideas for legislation. These are very important aspects of your application because it showcases you ability to research and write in a clear and concise manner. You must also show that you can articulate points on either side of a policy issue.
Your Policy Proposal and Policy Rebuttal should be included in one document and labeled as Proposal or Rebuttal at the top of the page. Here's a template to help you!
The Policy Proposal: must describe the problem the legislation is trying to solve, what this proposed legislation will do, and the expected outcome if enacted. Be sure to include information that is factual with statistics, data, and/or quotes from reliable source.
The Policy Rebuttal: is an opposition to the policy proposal. You should articulate reasons why the proposal would not create the expected outcomes, highlight unintended consequences, and possible cost versus the benefits.
It is critical to remember - these are not opinion pieces.
Is there any requirement 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
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Memoranda
What are some of the 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?
Interns are anticipated to return to the Capital Region for the internship before the start of Spring 2022 begins - the exact date is yet to be determined.
Interns will receive an orientation, and then begin both the academic and work role associated with the NYS Senate Session Assistant Internship. During this, you will work a traditional 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday job as part of a NYS Senator's 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.
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.
Finally, the application requirements vary between the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly.
Which internship is right for me?
Students are strongly encouraged to apply to both the NYS Senate Session Assistant and NYS Assembly Session Internship programs if they meet the requirements.
Attend the Information Sessions, Application Workshops, and other events so we can assist you in your application!
What is the review process for my applicaiton?
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 Senate Student Programs office 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 Senate Student Programs Director 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 Senate has committees, task forces, and other groups that align with nearly all UAlbany majors.
The NYS Senate Session Assistant 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.