The Senate Undergraduate Session Assistant Program offers approximately 30 undergraduate students an opportunity to experience state government and the legislative process through their participation in an, on-site, academic enriching and career building work experience. Typically, 15 credit hours are awarded by most participating SUNY, CUNY, and independent colleges and universities, and students receive a $4,140 stipend.
Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants are generally assigned to a Senator’s office and work full-time in these placements. Placements relate to the student’s experience, abilities and interests to the extent that these are compatible with Senate needs. Every attempt is made to provide Session Assistants (interns) with their state policy preference or with a comparable placement. Specific work assignment responsibilities are assigned to each Session Assistant by their Placement Supervisor, and are reviewed by the Senate Student Programs Office. Such duties may include: short-term research; responding to constituent correspondence and other requests; tracking legislation; preparing bill memos; attending and reporting on committee meetings, public hearings, and meetings with lobbyists and other interest groups.