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 spring 2022 semester, the CLPS Internship Program will focus on how infrastructure overlaps with environmental justice and air quality and how improvements to infrastructure can impact the health of communities. The students will be led by Interim CLPS Internship Program Director Laura Decker.

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 Spring 2022 Cohort

Christopher Evangelista

Christopher Evangelista

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Chris Evangelista is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and minoring in film at the University at Albany. Evangelista is a member of the university’s Honors College. He previously interned at AON Physical Therapy as a tech and is interested in biology. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, Evangelista intends to pursue law school with the hopes of becoming a prosecutor.

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Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Ashley Hall is a student in the Honors College at the University at Albany majoring in criminal justice and minoring in law and philosophy. Hall is in the process of applying to the combined BA/MA criminal justice program. She is a member of the Women in Law Association, a community-based organization that focuses on the amelioration of women pursuing professional careers with a concentration in law. Recently, in a business pitch competition, Hall presented a business idea based around intermediating the transaction of healthy produce between customers and farmers in underdeveloped countries, an idea that has garnered interest from investors. After receiving her BA and MA in criminal justice, Hall’s goal is to attend law school and become a criminal prosecutor.

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Jessie Miller

Jessie Miller

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Jessie Miller is majoring in psychology at the University at Albany. She is a member of the University at Albany’s Phi Alpha Delta pre-law chapter and participates in the university’s club mock trial team. Currently, Miller is aiding in behavioral neuroscience research in the lab of Dr. Christine K. Wagner. After completing her undergraduate degree, Miller plans to attend law school and possibly pursue a career in environmental law and policy.

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Amanda Udairam

Amanda Udairam

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Amanda Udairam lives in Schenectady, New York, with her husband and two young sons. She is in her last year at SUNY Empire State College and is working toward a bachelor of science degree in public affairs with a concentration in public health administration and policy. Udairam is a member of the SUNY Empire Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. After graduation, she intends to pursue a master’s degree in public health and a professional career as a public health administrator, specifically in the public service sector. Previously, Udairam worked at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute as an eligibility determination clerk for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which pays for medications and medical care for uninsured and underinsured recipients of the program. In recent years, she has advocated for individuals in her community and completed immigration and visa applications, forms, and petitions for those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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Griffin Wendt

Griffin Wendt

Center for Law & Policy Solutions Research Intern

Griffin Wendt is majoring in political science at the University at Albany. His concentration is security and statecraft and his minor is history. He transferred to the University at Albany in the fall after studying finance at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York. Wendt also studied digital media and marketing at Mohawk Valley Community College for several semesters. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Griffin hopes to pursue a master’s in political science and continue policy research.

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