While interning in the New York State Senate, I got to work closely with a Senator and play a critical role evaluating policies and providing recommendations. I met with lobbyists, special interest groups and concerned constituents on behalf of the Senator on practically a daily basis. I also assisted in writing briefings and conducting policy research. My experience in the Senate was rewarding, substantive and very 'hands on.' I highly recommend this internship opportunity for students who want to experience and be part of policy decision-making in an exciting work environment— it was, by far, the best experience for me.
This program not only enables one to learn about the functioning of a state legislature and the inner-workings of state politics, but also to immerse into a community that is more than Cornell - the opportunity to work with more than 100 interns from different universities, backgrounds and even countries. Coupled with the chance to work closely with a real-life politician and his or her political team, this semester-long program is indeed a unique offering even within an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.