Center for Law & Policy Solutions
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Through internships for students at the University at Albany, SUNY Empire State College, and Hudson Valley Community College, the Center for Law & Policy Solutions introduces students to the politics of law and policymaking and, more broadly, helps them understand the effect government can have on people’s lives.
About the CLPS Internship Program

The Center for Law & Policy Solutions (CLPS) Internship Program is designed to give students hands-on/virtual exposure to policy analysis and advocacy, including research. The internship consists of: (1) a placement at the Center for Law & Policy Solutions; (2) a series of professional development workshops and trainings; and (3) networking opportunities with CLPS policy experts and legal professionals, as well as community leaders. Interns will work closely with the CLPS internship program director to collect and analyze data and write research deliverables such as blogs and policy briefs. General findings will be presented at a policy webinar sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

For the fall 2022 semester, the CLPS Internship Program will focus on early childhood education and childcare policy with a particular emphasis on state-level universal pre-kindergarten programs.

Prior Research Topics

Spring 2022: Green Infrastructure: Case Studies and Analysis

Fall 2021: Digital Communication of COVID-19 Resources in Rural Upstate New York

Spring 2021: The Precedents and Potential of State Green Amendments

Fall 2019: How Student Loan Debt Influences College and Career Decisions

Spring 2019: Prisoner Education Programs in New York State

Fall 2018: Beyond Roe: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in New York State

Spring 2018: An Analysis of Drug Treatment Courts in New York State

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor an Undergraduate Intern
$2,500

Sponsor a Law Intern
$5,000

Sponsor a Cohort
$10,000

Meet the Fall 2022 Cohort

Manal Alawsaj

Manal Alawsaj

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Manal Alawsaj is a senior at the University at Albany from Utica, majoring in political science with a minor in psychology. She holds an associate’s degree in public policy from Mohawk Valley Community College. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue law school with the hope of helping advocate for refugees and immigrants.

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Max Berman

Max Berman

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Max Berman is a junior in the Honors College at the University at Albany from Queens, majoring in political science, with a minor in economics. More broadly, he has previously worked as senior camp counselor caring and organizing activities for six- and seven-year-olds, as well as supervising junior counselors. Berman first got involved in public policy and politics in 2017 through a local mayoral campaign as a volunteer canvasser. Since then, he has volunteered on a presidential campaign doing voter outreach and worked as an intern for the Monroe County Democratic Committee on communications and media projects. After completing his degree, Berman plans to continue working in electoral politics, with the goal of becoming a campaign manager.

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Teuta Mujaj

Teuta Mujaj

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Teuta Mujaj is a junior at the University at Albany from Staten Island, majoring in public policy and management with minors in public health and women’s gender and sexuality studies. She is involved in various on-campus organizations and has worked as the director of fundraising for the charity office’s Dance Marathon, as well as a member of the Gender and Sexuality Concerns office. Her passion and previous experience primarily lie in nonprofit and advocacy work. After completing her master’s degree in public administration, she plans to pursue a career in hospital administration.

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Kayla Rankin

Kayla Rankin

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Kayla Rankin is a junior at the University at Albany from Queens, double majoring in political science and sociology. She is an intern in the Office of Sustainability, the Juvenile Justice Committee chair for the university’s chapter of the NAACP, the public relations chair of Precizun Step team, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Outside of her campus involvement, Kayla has interned in the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In the spring of 2022, she received the Award for Undergraduate Excellence from the Rockefeller Institute’s Future Leaders in Policy Competition. After graduating, she wants to be an advocate for women, children, and African Americans and help address food insecurity, incarceration, and the need for affordable housing.

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