Three CUNY Students Named to Competitive Assembly Graduate Scholars Program

Three City University of New York graduate students have been selected for the 2010 New York State Assembly Graduate Scholars Program, one of the most competitive internships in New York State.  David Aglialoro and Claude Celestine of Brooklyn College and Kristi Greenberg of John Jay College of Criminal Justice will be among just ten members chosen for the program this year.

Another 27 CUNY undergraduate students will take part in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate 2010 internship programs.

“We continue to see more CUNY students serving in selective internships, including through public and governmental service.  Our State will very much benefit from their contributions to the work of the Legislature,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

David Aglialoro is currently completing his internship with Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan as part of the CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program. He earned his B.A. in Political Studies at Brooklyn College and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science.  David, who says he has “a deep interest and appreciation for politics,” adds that he would like to work in the field of public policy “because it is here that I can be an active participant in creating policy that benefits all.”

Claude Celestine, who graduated from Medgar Evers College/CUNY magna cum laude with a degree in Public Administration, completed an undergraduate internship in Albany with Assemblyman Karim Camara. He is completing his first semester towards a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College and is planning to attend law school.

Kristi Greenberg is on a fast track.  She started taking college courses at age 15 while a sophomore in high school. She graduated summa cum laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.S. in Forensic Psychology in 2008 at the age of 19.  Wanting a firm foundation in criminal justice prior to attending law school, she enrolled in John Jay’s Master’s program in Criminology and Deviance. She will graduate in February and plans to attend law school in the fall.  She has previously interned with the New York State division of Human Rights, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office and in Governor David Paterson’s Executive Chamber.

The New York State Assembly Intern Committee sponsors the Graduate Internship at the State Capital starting every January.  The graduate internship provides full-time research or policy analysis positions with Assembly leaders, committees and research staffs, a unique professional learning experience. They are als required to attend issue policy forums and the course provided by the faculty advisor or professors-in-residence. Students receive a stipend of $11,500 for their six month internship.  About one-third of the interns have continued their careers at the legislature or have moved into other positions in state government.

CUNY 2010 undergraduate Assembly interns include Tiffany Brown, Merzela Casimir, Zainab Rivzi, and Zhao Yu of Queens College; Rachel Correa, Medgar Evers College; Jessica DeMarco, Ashema Eaddy,

Marie D. Figueroa, Astrid Gonzalez, Andee Karran, Phuilippe Larock, Alicia Morrison, Brenda Pitts, Yamell Polanco, Rima Rejebian, Charne N. Rollins and Joseph Yannis all of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Eluerta Lami, Brooklyn College; Yianna Munoz-Justo, Lehman College; and Andrew Murphy, College of State Island.

New York State Senate 2010 undergraduate interns include Brian Hetley, Kyriaki Karamintzas, Andy Laine, Mark B. McCormack, Dylan Rolleri, Benjamin Samih and Ami Shah, all of Queens College.

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