Center for Law & Policy Solutions
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor an Undergraduate Intern
$2,500

Sponsor a Law Intern
$5,000

Sponsor a Cohort
$10,000

 

 

Meet the Spring 2021 Cohort

Genevieve Bombard

Genevieve Bombard

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Genevieve “Evie” Bombard is majoring in political science and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the University at Albany. Bombard is a member of the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Teaching Collective, through which she is conducting research and developing lesson plans based in feminist pedagogical principles. Bombard has worked in food and customer service, where she has developed skills to navigate sensitive situations with empathy and a focus on resolution. Prior to her studies, Bombard was an active member of her hometown community as a member of the Gay Straight Alliance, an organizer for events on gun violence, and an intern at the Schodack Town Hall.

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Joshua Kapczynski

Joshua Kapczynski

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Joshua Kapczynski is majoring in community and human services at Empire State College, with a concentration in emergency services. He has spent over 15 years serving in the Albany Fire Department, where he has been a lieutenant for the last five years. Prior to his public service, Kapczynski earned an associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College and a Jewish studies certificate from Philadelphia Biblical University. He is an active member of his community, volunteering for food distribution and fundraising for local organizations with Christ’s Church in Albany and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Delmar.

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Azania Maitland

Azania Maitland

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Azania “Sammie” Maitland is majoring in political science and business, management, and economics at Empire State College (ESC) and Hunter College. At ESC, Maitland co-founded the college’s student government association and has acted as its interim president. Currently, she is an intern in Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ office, where she has been working to support the district office and constituents through the pandemic. Previously, Maitland worked as a yoga instructor, volunteering with local hospitals to provide classes for staff members.

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Catherine Reed

Catherine Reed

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Catherine Reed is majoring in political science at the University at Albany. Reed is a member of the Presidential Honors Society and the Students for Sustainability Club. Most recently, Reed interned in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Albany district office supporting constituent services and public events leading up to the pandemic. While at the University at Albany, Reed also worked for the Mancabelli Law office near Buffalo, where she has conducted legal research and assisted in various projects to increase practice efficiency, including those related Women’s Business Enterprise certification.

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Imari Roque

Imari Roque

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Imari Roque is majoring in political science and minoring in Latin American and Caribbean studies at the University at Albany. Through her studies, she has contributed to research on the impacts of immigration policy on second generation children. Roque previously interned for the New York City Department of Education working in school counseling and guidance at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering. In addition to her studies, Roque is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, the Student Association Elections Commission, and the Serendipity Women’s Acapella Group. Roque has been awarded scholarships by Comité Noviembre and the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.

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Hoshi Salcedo

Hoshi Salcedo

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Hoshi Salcedo is majoring in public policy at Empire State College. Both prior to and throughout her studies, Salcedo has worked with Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Guardian Services helping unaccompanied minors navigate refugee resettlement programs in the Bronx. In addition to this work, she also assists young adults in residential group home settings. Salcedo’s interest in public policy was spurred by her experiences working with young people and children in the immigration system. After completing her degree Salcedo’s goal is to attend an MPA/JD program so that she can effect change through public policy.

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Erin Vallely

Erin Vallely

Graduate Assistant

Erin Vallely is in the final year of earning her master’s degree in social and public policy with an advanced certification in healthcare management from Empire State College. She graduated summa cum laude from Wells College with her BA in sociology and anthropology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Most recently, Vallely worked as a political writer and special projects assistant at the Center for Disability Rights and served on the board of directors at the Finger Lakes Independence Center. Vallely’s experiences as a wheelchair user have led her to pursue a career in political advocacy with an emphasis on disability rights and healthcare disparities.

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