Since 1978, the New York State Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants Program has given students direct access to state government and the legislative process. Approximately 20-25 undergraduate students are selected for this unique experience every year. Strong personal initiative and principles are essential for success in the program.
The Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants Program is an opportunity to experience first hand our state government and legislative process. The Program runs approximately four months, from mid January to late April.
The Program was designed for college juniors and seniors, though exceptional sophomores are occasionally selected. Freshmen are ineligible. Majors in all accredited disciplines are accepted and encouraged.
The program was created to introduce students to New York State’s dynamic legislative process. Students are expected and encouraged to help meet the day-to-day demands of the New York State Legislature’s upper house. Students will develop legislation and shape public policy. They will address constituent concerns and tend to the understated procedures and dynamics of legislative session. These are but a few of the challenges they will face.
Students can apply through their school or by mail. Consult your college advisor as institution internship deadlines typically precede those of Senate Student Programs.