Frequently Asked Questions


Who should apply to the Albany Summer Internship Program?
Students from all majors with a strong interest in public policy, political communications, and state politics. As seen here, students may choose from a wide range of placement options.pdf

Who is eligible to apply to the internship program?
Students who have completed their sophomore year with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

How do interested students apply?
Send a completed application including all required items and documents. Keep a duplicate copy.

When is the application deadline?
The deadline for the Summer 2018 program is March 1, 2018.

What is the cost of the internship program?
The total program costs are $3000 including tuition, a program fee, and housing.  All apartments include a kitchen. Meal expenses are not included in the program cost.

How long does the program last?
Six weeks. The Summer 2018 program runs from May 21 - June 29, 2018.

Where do students reside?
At University Heights College Suites in Albany, New York. The location offers easy access to public transportation and is walking
distance to restaurants and shops. The UH College Suites are in a cluster of buildings surrounded by Albany Law School, Albany Medical College and the Albany School of Pharmacy. Students who wish to bring a car to Albany are free to do so, and parking is free during the summer months at UH College Suites.

What is there to do in Albany?
Albany, New York, is at the heart of the vibrant Capital District and offers a wide range of cultural, social, and athletic events.
The Times-Union Center hosts world class concerts by top artists, minor league hockey, and college basketball games. Albany’s Palace Theatre and Proctor’s Theater located in nearby Schenectady both host touring Broadway shows. Hiking options are plentiful. Albany and the greater Capital Region have many historical sites including the home of President Martin Van Buren in nearby Kinderhook and the Saratoga Battlefield. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is just over an hour away.

What type of support services are available for students in the internship program?
The Albany-based ASIP Director will be available throughout the internship to provide support and address any questions or concerns that may arise. As you arrive an orientation will be provided to help you get to know Albany and prepare you to begin your internship in a professional office setting. The weekly Internship in Context seminar meetings will provide an opportunity to share your experience with fellow interns.

Are the internships paid, and will they count for college credit?

The internships are unpaid but do provide college credits. All students are enrolled for 3 academic credits. Students will work in an office setting four days a week and attend Internship in Context seminar sessions on the fifth day (usually Friday). During the seminar sessions time will be spent reflecting on your internship experience and linking your work to your career exploration, including refining your resume.  In addition, regular guest speakers will include elected officials, journalists, lobbyists, attorneys, nonprofit leaders, and political communications specialists.

What if I would like to earn more than 3 credits?
ASIP students can enroll in Marist's online summer courses at a discounted price.

How can I be sure this course credit will transfer?
Most schools will transfer credits earned through the Albany Summer Internship Program back to their home institutions. This can only be guaranteed
by your home campus so it is imperative to check with your advisor and school’s registrar before you begin the program.

What types of organizations will interns be placed in?
Interns are placed in the many policy and political organizations that surround the State Capitol. Internship placements include policy advocacy
in the environmental, social, education and economic policy fields, work in lobbying firms and political communications departments. In addition, students have been placed in the New York State Senate and in the New York State Assembly. If students have an interest in interning for a particular organization we will facilitate those placements when possible.

How does an intern get placed?
The application provides an opportunity for you to specify your internship placement interests. The ASIP Director will arrange your placement matching your skills and interests with a political or policy organization.

How much work is involved in an internship?
Students will intern four full days with the fifth day reserved for the Internship in Context seminar.

Is there course work in addition to the internship?
Yes, you will need to complete
writing assignments in which you reflect on your internship experience. The internship is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Can international students apply to the Albany Internship Experience?
No, the internship program is currently not open to international students.