As an undergraduate Political Science major, the NYS Senate Session Assistants Program provided me an opportunity to experience the real inner workings of New York State government – something that cannot be taught in classrooms. This internship gave me a wide range of benefits. It gave me the chance to work alongside NYS Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Utica) throughout a full legislative session. It offered me a strong network of mentors to put me on the right track to pursue my passion. And, most important, it gave me a head start in my career and quickly opened doors for me.
After the Program, I interned for the NYC Mayor's Office, volunteered with a non-profit to aid communities in South America and, finally, worked in a full-time position on the staff of my hometown U.S. Congressman. Recently, I found my way back to Albany as the Chief of Staff for New York State Assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway). My experience at the NYS Senate Session Assistants Program instilled in me the necessary tools and building blocks to achieve a successful professional career in New York State government.
Angelica R. Katz
2007 Undergraduate Session Assistant