Students Chosen For First CUNY, Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Internships

Fourteen students have begun internships in local offices of New York State legislators in a new program launched by the University and the New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.

The new Somos CUNY Summer Intern Program was developed by the CUNY-Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs and the Chairperson of the New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (District #51, Brooklyn).  The first class began its work in June, and will continue to serve through the month of July.

“Hispanics make up the largest ethnic population in this country, but they remain the only underrepresented population group in the federal and state labor force,” said Ortiz.  “This program aims to provide Hispanic students who have an interest in public policy the opportunity to participate in a six-week summer internship.  The interns will work in the offices of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Members, and learn first-hand how our government works.”

“This new student internship initiative builds on our longtime partnership with the Task Force, including the Model State Senate which marks its 15th anniversary this year and has served almost one thousand CUNY students,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

The internship was designed to provide successful graduates of the CUNY Model New York State Senate Session Project with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills while advancing their understanding of public service.   The students were selected from the ranks of the 2011 Model Senate and are assigned to the local offices of state legislators comprising membership on the Executive Board of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.  They will focus their work on community outreach — providing constituent services and coordinating special events.

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