Through internships for students at the University at Albany, 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.
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021
We are now accepting applications from undergraduate students enrolled for the fall semester at participating schools—University at Albany, Empire State College, and Hudson Valley Community College—that are interested in pursuing work in public policy research and practice. Click here for more information on the internship. The interns selected for the fall will conduct research related to public health policy with respect to communication and COVID-19.
Students will need to register for the corresponding course at their school once they are accepted. Participating schools may have internal deadlines for enrolling in the corresponding courses to receive credit, but students are encouraged to apply early. We will accept applications on a rolling basis for the time being. Students must be enrolled full time to be eligible for the internship.
Students receive credit and are paid for the internship ($12.50/hour for 10 hours a week, over the course of 15 weeks). The application deadline is June 15, 2021. Please send an email to [email protected] with the following materials:
- Your resume.
- A cover letter regarding your interest, skillset, and relevant experience or goals with regard to the program.
- 2-3 professional or academic references (include email contact).
- A copy of your transcript (unofficial copies are accepted, but official copies may be requested at a later date).
To apply (or if you have any further questions), please contact [email protected].
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 director, Dr. Laura Rabinow, 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 Spring 2021 semester, the CLPS Internship Program will particularly focus on issue areas related to “Environmental Justice & Public Policy in the United States.” Throughout the program, students will consider the history of the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement in the United States, the codification of EJ principles in landmark US public policies, key concepts and debates in EJ policy, and how intersectional issues have and have not been reflected in such policy.
Prior Research Topics
Spring 2018: An Analysis of Drug Treatment Courts in New York State
Fall 2018: Beyond Roe: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in New York State
Spring 2019: Prisoner Education Programs in New York State
Fall 2019: How Student Loan Debt Influences College and Career Decisions
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