The Assembly Session Internship includes an academic component beginning with a four day Orientation to state government and the legislative process. Each student is enrolled in the course, "Politics and Policy in the New York State Legislative Process," taught by the Assembly's Professors-in-Residence. Required readings are assigned by the Faculty; some are available as books, which the students are expected to purchase; other readings will be provided by the Intern Committee. The Faculty also provides supervision and research advisement through individual meetings and group discussions with Interns during which their progress is monitored. Mid-Session and Final Evaluations are sent to college liaison officers.
Orientation includes review and analysis of legislative research, the role of interns in their office placements, the relationship between the Legislative and Executive branches, political parties in the Legislature, communication skills and the budget process. Policy Forums examine issues before the legislature, reviewing factors that shape these concerns. Experts in the areas of government and academia join legislators in presenting a review of the legislative process. Mock Session is held in the Assembly Chamber and represents the culmination of the learning experience for the Session Internship.
The National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) has revalidated the Assembly Session Internship. Credit recommendations established in 2007: "In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 15 semester hours in appropriate departments or as general elective credit." To view a copy of the 2012 National CCRS revalidation site report, please visit us online at: http://assembly.state.ny.us/internship/.