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Interns with State Representatives at Albany State House


Internships are a great way to explore different career paths.  As a political scientist, you may want to learn about local, state and federal government, serve on a campaign, intern with a social justice advocacy group or an international organization, or intern at the Attorney General’s Office.

Fall or spring internships are generally for 10 to 12 hours a week.  Internships in the summer can be full-time, and internships in Albany or Washington, D.C., which include classes, are also full-time.  Internships can be paid, unpaid or include a stipend.  You can receive college credit for your internship if you take the Public Affairs Internship Seminar, taught by Anasa Scott.

If you would like assistance locating the internship that is right for you, please email the political science internship coordinator, Karen Struening, at  She can help you identify some internships to which you would like to apply, advise you on writing cover letters and resumes, and talk to you about how an internship fits into your academic career.

Colin Powell School Semester in Washington, DC Program

This program combines a full-time internship with networking opportunities, guest lectures and other cultural activities.  Students must apply for the program in April for the following spring semester. The program provides free housing; stipends are available.  To apply, students must be full-time CCNY juniors and seniors and have a demonstrated interest in national and international affairs.  Students also must have a 3.0 or above GPA.  The application includes an application form, resume, transcripts, personal statement and two letters of recommendation.  For more information, please contact Akasha Solis at or Karen Struening @kstruening@ccny.cuny.eduNOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THROUGHOUT SUMMER

Edward T. Rogowsky CUNY Internships


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Contact Karen Struening for help with application and summer/fall internships at

Name Place When Deadline Requirements Stipend Time
Women’s Public Service State Legislature, New York City Fall 2018 July 11, 2018

3.0 GPA

30 credits

2 LORs 

$2000 10-12 hours
Caucus CUNY Scholars Black, PR, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus Spring 2019 Fall 2018

3.0 GPA

30 credits


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$2000 10-12 hours
NYS Assembly Session Intern Program NYS Assembly Albany Spring 2019 October 2018 

3.0 GPA 

30 credits

1 LOR 

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$5,850 for living expenses

$2,000 toward courses

Full-time internship

& 12 credits

CUNY Washington, D.C. Program Washington, DC Summer 2019 March 8, 2018


3.2 GPA

Housing paid for


Full-time internship & 12 credits


Hear What Gray Winsler has to say about the Rogowsky Internship in Albany!

The Albany internship is a great experience for anyone looking to get into politics. Throughout the five months here you’ll get to know the ins and outs of how Albany operates through attending committee meetings, watching debates on the Assembly floor, drafting bills, and engaging in other legislative activities. Work varies from office to office. Some interns act as a chiefs of staff for their member, others answer their members’ phones, take meetings with lobbyists, and prepare weekly email blasts. There is also lots of free food provided for interns, and more bagels than you could ever need. From a networking perspective, you will get to know lots and lots of folks through this program, and many interns are offered a job at the end of the semster. It’s also a nice feeling to walk down the halls of the capital and have Assemblymembers, lobbyists, and staffers recognize you. (Pro tip: Wear fun socks. People love fun socks.) Participating in the Albany program also gives you an edge in the more competitive Rogowsky summer internship in Washington D.C.


Internship of the Week

Immigrant Rights Community Organizing Paid-Internship Opportunity!

Movement for Justice in El Barrio (Movement) is an immigrant-led community organization fighting for justice in East Harlem, New York. Movement is offering this exciting opportunity to people committed to social justice and immigrant rights and who would like to learn how to do community organizing. Intern's activities will include 1) engaging in outreach in the community, 2) helping to organize immigrant rights workshops and community forums on immigrant rights, and 3) researching community issues.


-Interns MUST be bilingual in English/Spanish

-Must be able to work evenings and maintain a flexible schedule

To apply please send us an email at including the following 1) A one-page essay on why you would like to organize for social justice and 2) a resume or an one-paragraph biography.