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Interested in working in politics?

Assemblyman Will Barclay announced that the State Assembly is now accepting applications for interns for the 2011 Assembly session.

The Assembly session internship offers college students a chance to participate in state government and the legislative process. The internship is accompanied by a $4,140 stipend and runs from Jan. 3, 2011 to May 11, 2011.

"The Assembly offers up to 150 college students the opportunity to get involved in state government and gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process," Barclay said."I encourage any college student who is interested in learning how state government operates to apply. Students do not need to major in political science. I've enjoyed working with college students who come from various backgrounds who have taken advantage of this opportunity."

Interns complete an orientation, are enrolled in the course taught by the Intern Committee faculty and are required to attend Issue Policy Forums as part of their academic requirement. Interns are also assigned research and administrative responsibilities in an Assembly office. The Session Internship is a comprehensive program requiring specific academic hours. Students should enroll in no more than three credit hours in addition to the credit granted for the Internship.

Interested undergraduate students must apply to their colleges according to the deadline established by their institution. All applications must be postmarked by Nov. 1, 2010, although extensions are granted if requested by the campus representative. Graduate scholar candidates must apply directly to the intern committee by Nov. 1, 2010. To obtain an application, visit http://assembly.state.ny.us/intership. For questions about the application, students may call (518) 442-3950.

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