Since 1978, the New York State Senate Undergraduate Session Assistant Program has given students direct access to state government and the legislative process.
Institutions where will carry out the studies:
Only universities or colleges in New York State that is accredited.
Who can participate?:
Applicants must be matriculated undergraduates at an accredited college or university located in New York State. Majors in all accredited disciplines are accepted. Freshmen are ineligible. To be considered, applicants must have been enrolled full-time in the previous spring, as well as the current fall semester/trimester, and have maintained a minimum 3.0-grade point average. Off-campus eligibility must be conferred by authorized academic institution faculty. Applicants must meet their institution’s requirements for off-campus study.
Applicants must identify and contact their Campus Liaison Officer (CLO), or duly authorized advisor, to determine: the requirements for off-campus study; whether they are eligible to participate in such a program; the number of course credits earned; and their institution’s deadline for off-campus internship applications.
Levels and areas of study:
Instructions to apply:
- Upon approval for off-campus study, the applicant must submit to the Senate Student Programs Office the following documents via their CLO/Advisor:
- A completed Undergraduate Session Assistant Application;
- Official school transcripts;
- Certification of current coursework;
- A one-page resume;
- Three confidential letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional aptitude;
- A listing of three (3) legislative policy area preferences; areas of interest
- A six to eight (6-8) page paper or essay;
- Two one-page memoranda (a policy proposal, and rebuttal);
- A personal statement; and
- Signed and dated student statement.