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New York State Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants Program

The Senate Undergraduate Session Assistants Program offers approximately 30 talented undergraduate students an opportunity to experience state government and the legislative process, through their participation in an on-site, academic enriching, and career building work experience. The Program runs about four months, beginning in early January and ending in late April.

The Program was designed for college juniors and seniors, though exceptional sophomores are occasionally selected. Freshmen are ineligible. Majors in all accredited disciplines are accepted and encouraged; pursuit of a degree in history or political science is neither a prerequisite nor an advantage to selection. However, academic initiative, an avid interest in learning, maturity, and a strong work ethic are all essential for success.
This program was created to foster an appreciative understanding of New York State’s legislative process, which includes, but is not limited to: the development of legislation and public policy; resolving constituent problems and concerns; the understated procedures and dynamics of legislative session; and problem-solving in state government.

The New York State Senate offers undergraduate students an unparalleled opportunity to observe government in action and to learn how legislatures operate.

Participants receive up to 15 academic credits and a $5,025 stipend.


late October

Application Procedure:
Contact Cassanfra Spencer ( in the Fleishman Career Center for more information.

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Government/Public Policy,Social Sciences. Open to all majors.

Additional Qualifications:
US citizen, 3.0 GPA

Last Updated:
July 19, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17