Frequently Asked Questions


Who should apply to the Albany Internship Experience?
Students from all majors with a strong interest in public policy, political communications, and state politics.

Who is eligible to apply to the internship program?
Juniors or Seniors from all majors 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 Spring 2016 program is November 15, 2015.

What is the cost of the internship program?
Marist College students will pay the Marist tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Housing costs are approximately
$3500 per semester.  All apartments include a kitchen with meal costs additional. Students from other private colleges and universities will normally pay their home institution’s tuition, and then their college will send the tuition and housing payment directly to the Marist College Albany Internship Experience. Public university students will normally pay their home institution’s tuition, but may also need to pay an additional program fee to the Marist College Albany Internship Experience. Students should check with the internship coordinator or financial aid office at their home institution for the exact payment arrangement.

Is financial aid available?
Marist students will normally be able to maintain their current grants and loans, but students should check with the Financial Services Office regarding any issues related to their grants and loans. Visiting students should explore financial aid concerns with their home campuses.

How long does the program last?
Approximately 3½ months in the Fall (September – December) or Spring (January – April).

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, but will need to pay a $100 parking fee for the semester directly to 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. Downhill skiing is available in under an hour in the Catskill or Berkshire Mountains. In warmer weather 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 Albany Internship Experience Program 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. Weekly 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 a minimum of 12 academic credits. Students will work in an office setting four days a week (9 credits) and attend a Nonprofits and State Politics seminar course on the fifth day (3 credits). The seminar will include academic readings and assignments. Policy simulation exercises will be incorporated to give students the opportunity to practice policy development. Regular guest speakers will include elected officials, journalists, lobbyists, attorneys, nonprofit leaders and political communications specialists. In addition time will be spent during the seminar reflecting on your internship experience and linking your work to the academic readings.

What if I would like to earn more than 12 credits or I have already completed a state government course?
If you choose to earn more than 12 credits there are online courses available through Marist. If you have already
completed a Nonprofits and State Politics course similar to the class offered, an alternative course may be arranged.

How can I be sure this course credit will transfer?
Most schools will transfer credits earned through the Albany Internship Experience 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?
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. 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 Albany Internship Experience 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 academic seminar on Nonprofits and State Politics.

Is there course work in addition to the internship?
Yes, you will complete academic readings and assignments on state politics and policy as well as
writing assignments that reflect on your internship experience.

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