Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs is CUNY’s university-wide hub for students who seek to build skills through experiential learning within the dynamic public sector of New York City, New York State and Washington, D.C..

Curricular Programs

The New York City Internship Program provides interns with guided and rigorous academic coursework and a theoretically grounded, yet practical understanding of New York City government and public affairs. Students are placed throughout the city, in governmental and non-governmental organizations. As a part of the New York City Internship Program, the Program produces a televised discussion, the CUNY Forum.

The CUNY Forum is a televised public affairs discussion among students, faculty, policy makers and analysts about major issues affecting New York. The CUNY Forum is taped and later broadcast throughout the city on CUNY-TV [WNYE (Ch. 25.3), Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon)].

The Caucus CUNY Scholars Program provides another option for CUNY students who are interested in the workings of the New York State Legislature but who are unable to relocate to Albany. The Program concentrates on the service of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus to communities of need in and around New York City.

A monetary award is provided and credits may be arranged at the student’s college.

The CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program provides highly qualified individuals the opportunity to learn by doing in the offices of selected legislators working to benefit women and promote women’s issues throughout New York City.

A monetary award is provided and credits may be arranged at the student’s college.

Residential Programs

New York State Legislative Internships in Albany allow graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to experience state governance first hand in the Albany offices of New York State senators, assembly members and committee staff. Students who participate in the New York State Assembly and Senate Programs perform substantive assignments such as research on state legislation, assistance in drafting bills, constituent service and other legislative tasks.

The Albany internship programs include a complete academic component (up to a full semester’s credit may be arranged) and monetary award.

The CUNY Washington, D.C. Internship Program, an intensive eight-week summer experience, gives students the opportunity to see and be a part of the national system at work. In Washington, D.C., students serve on Capitol Hill and in executive agencies, as well as with interest and non-governmental organizations. While in Washington, D.C. CUNY students attend weekly colloquia featuring leaders of governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Housing and monetary award are provided by The City University of New York, and credits may be arranged at the student’s college.

Civic Engagement Projects

Leadership skills are promoted not only through the Program’s internships, but also through two civic engagement projects: the Model New York State Senate Session Project and the Model New York City Council Project. Each year, more than 100 students are brought together for a series of intensive training sessions on representation and leadership, policy formulation and the legislative process. The Model Senate Project and the Model Council Project culminate with students debating and voting on legislation on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber (in Albany) and New York City Council chamber, respectively.

The Model Senate Project was created in 1997 by The City University of New York and the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature in collaboration with the State University of New York.

The Model Council Project was initiated in 2002 to provide CUNY College Now participants with experiences in the city’s legislative process, along with skills in critical thinking, public debate, and community service.

Special Opportunities

The SOMOS CUNY Summer Internship Program provides a summer option for CUNY students who are interested in the workings of the New York State Legislature. The Program concentrates on the service of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature.

A monetary award is provided to applicants who also complete the Model Senate Project.

The Edward T. Rogowsky Scholarship & Internship Award was established in honor of Prof. Edward T. Rogowsky. This program provides a monetary award to one highly qualified undergraduate CUNY student for a summer internship at a city-wide or borough-wide agency.

The Terence D. Tolbert Public Service Internship was established in 2014. It commemorates the life of Terence D. Tolbert, who dedicated himself to government. This program provides a monetary award to one highly qualified CUNY graduate student for a six-month internship in New York City.