The Department of Political Science
Public Affairs Internships
 

POL 406-408 PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERNSHIPS

The Political Science Department offers John Jay College students of any major the opportunity to gain direct experience in public affairs through a broad range of internship programs as described below. Interested students should contact Prof. Janice Bockmeyer at jbockmeyer@jjay.cuny.edu for more information.


POL 406 Seminar and Internship in New York City Government and Politics
6 hours, 6 credits

Students take a once weekly John Jay College senior seminar that examines the City Charter and formal governmental structures, New York City politics and public policies. Once per month students also meet at The City University Graduate Center for the CUNY Forum, a CUNY (Cable 75) televised public affairs program featuring guests on current NYC topics and highlighting student participation. In the internship placement, students work 12 to 16 hours for each of the 14 semester weeks with an elected official, city agency, or relevant nonprofit organization. Placements are arranged by the instructor in consultation with the student. The emphasis of the program is a synthesis of the students’ seminar work and guided observations in the placement. 

Prerequisites: ENG 102 or 201, POL 101, senior status, and permission of the instructor.

Related Opportunities: Students who participate in POL 406 may also apply to CUNY stipend programs that provide specific placements. These opportunities are described below. For more information visit the CUNY Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program website at: www.etrinternship.org.

Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus/CUNY Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship opportunity that awards a $2,000 stipend to CUNY students to work in a New York City district office of Caucus members in the spring semester. Students also participate in special events held by the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in New York City and in Albany. Costs for travel to the Albany events are covered by the program. Award winners register for and participate in the John Jay College POL 406 seminar and must meet all of the prerequisites and requirements of that course. In addition, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for consideration.

CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program is a CUNY Edward T. Rogowsky Internship-sponsored program offering students with a special interest in women and politics the opportunity "to learn by doing in the offices of selected legislators working to benefit women and promote women’s issues in New York." Students who are selected enroll in John Jay College’s POL 406 for the fall semester and participate in the seminar and requirements of that course. They are placed in the offices of women legislators at the city level or in the New York City district offices of women who are state or national legislators. Students also participate in special events sponsored by the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program. A $2,000 stipend is awarded to students selected for the CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program. A 3.0 GPA minimum is required for consideration.


POL 407 New York State Assembly/Senate Session Program
12 hours, 12 credits

Students in this public affairs residency internship are placed in the office of an Assembly Member or State Senator in the state legislature in Albany for 35 hours weekly for a 16-week spring semester, including participation in weekly on-site seminars and related academic activities. Reading, writing and research assignments are specified by on-site seminar faculty. Including orientation and finale events, students should expect to be in Albany for approximately 18 weeks. Students work with their College faculty liaison and the CUNY Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program to apply for program acceptance and supporting stipends. Application for this program is competitive; acceptance is not guaranteed.

Prerequisites: ENG 102 or 201, POL 101, senior status, and permission of the instructor.

Students who are selected for participation will receive a supporting stipend to offset living expenses in Albany ($4,140 from New York State + $2,000 from CUNY.) More information is available at: www. etrinternship.org


POL 408 CUNY Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program.
6 hours, 6 credits

This is an eight-week summer session residency internship in Washington, D.C. with a focus on American government and politics. Students apply through their College faculty liaison to the CUNY Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program for acceptance and a stipend award. Accepted students are placed with a federal agency, U.S. representative or senator, or a recognized and relevant nonprofit organization. Students work for 35 hours per week in their placement, complete written and research assignments and participate in related academic activities as designated by the Rogowsky Program and approved by the John Jay College Political Science Department faculty sponsor. Application for this program is extremely competitive; acceptance is not guaranteed.

Prerequisites: ENG 102 or 201, POL 101, senior status, and permission of the instructor.

Students who are selected for participation will receive both housing support and a CUNY stipend ($2,000) to offset living expenses. More information is available at www.etrinternship.org

 

James Cauthen, Chairperson
524 West 59th Street, Room 9.65.08 New Building, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.237.8193, Email: jcauthen@jjay.cuny.edu