For more than forty years, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has offered unique internship programs that provide college students with experiential learning and civic engagement opportunities. NYPIRG provides students with exceptional experiences that augment their classroom education by offering a full-time Internship based in Albany N.Y., the “Donald K. Ross Future Leaders Program.”
The Donald K. Ross Future Leaders Program Internship provides highly motivated students of all majors the opportunity to thoroughly study a particular public policy issue by pairing them with an experienced public policy mentor. Program interns will gain an intimate understanding of legislative processes and practical experiences in such areas as public speaking, writing, research and working with the media—excellent additional preparation for graduate studies and the job market.
Policy interns research, track and promote legislation in such diverse areas of public policy as consumer protection, public campaign finance, higher education, health care, political reform and environmental preservation; network with student leaders; and organize policy briefings with legislators.
The program is based in Albany, NY, is full time and interns are required to make a commitment of forty hours a week to the program. Stipends are available for each intern selected for the program. Interns will be responsible for securing course credit for the program. The program begins in January of 2024 and continues until the end of the academic semester. Applicants must submit applications by the deadline, Friday, October 27th.
Interns will work full-time and be based in Albany, starting January 9th through the end of the academic semester and receive a stipend. Interns will be responsible for securing course credit for the program. The program is directed by NYPIRG's Executive Director and the General Counsel. Please send any questions to civicinternship@nypirg.org.
The Donald K. Ross Future Leaders Program is named after NYPIRG’s first Executive Director, Donald. K. Ross. Donald teamed up with consumer advocate Ralph Nader to develop the idea that ultimately lead to the establishment of Public Interest Research Groups across the nation. Their ideas, contained in the book Action For A Change, which offered a blueprint for PIRGs. PIRGs have now spread across the nation with roughly half of the states. Donald moved on to become NYPIRG’s first director in 1973. He left a decade later and was involved in the creation of other civic organizations across the nation. His work of establishing organizations that offer young people the opportunity to influence public policy lives on through this program.

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*A. What courses have you taken that are relevant to this internship? How are they relevant?

*B. Have you worked with NYPIRG before (include any canvassing experience)? If yes, what did you do and how has it prepared you for this internship?

*C. Have you worked with any other student group(s)? If yes, what have you done?

*D. Have you participated in other pertinent scholastic or extracurricular activities?

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