Baruch Students Earn Internships at the New York State Legislature


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NEW YORK, NY- December 20, 2013 - The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College is pleased to announce that three undergraduate students in the Public Affairs program have earned positions through the New York State Senate and Assembly Internship programs. Jorge Ortiz will be working at the Senate, while Kyungmi Kim and Anabel Perez will work at the State Assembly. All three students selected for the 2014 internship session are dedicated to civic engagement and have a strong interest in public policy and administration.

The State’s internship program is highly competitive with participants selected based on their academic achievement and commitment to public service. Interns are offered an unparalleled opportunity to observe government in action and learn how the legislature operates. Students receive 15 academic credits toward their degree and spend the spring semester in Albany to work in a legislative office and participate in a mock legislative session. The public affairs internships are coordinated through Michael Feller, a substitute Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, who meets with the legislative interns throughout the spring semester.

This year’s interns have already earned valuable experience in public affairs with various organizations. Following his graduation from Erie Community College, Jorge was one of only 25 individuals selected in a national competition to spend the summer as a PolitiCorps Fellow in Portland, Ore. This intensive ten-week program focuses on leadership development, campaign management, and grassroots organization.

Anabel was one of 24 Latino undergraduates picked by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to spend the 2013 fall semester as in intern in the Washington, DC office of New York Congressman Charles Rangel. This program provides a semester of educational and professional development, accompanied by a community service project.

Kyungmi took on the leadership role of class president during her senior year in high school. Dedicated to making a difference, she is currently interning for New York City Councilmember Donovan Richards, Jr. in Council District 31, which encompasses Laurelton, Rosedale, Far Rockaway and Springfield Garden.

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About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.


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