New York Based Internships

Fortunately for Skidmore students, there are plenty of local and state internship opportunities in Saratoga Springs and Albany.

Intership Opportunities in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga PLAN
American Farmland Trust
Mayor's Office in City Hall
Saratoga Springs City Government
Jim Murphy, Saratoga County District Attorney
Sierra Club's Northeast Field Office, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4105 
Paul Tonko, 20th Congressional district office
US Senator Schumer or Gillibrand

Equal Opportunity Council

Albany US Committees for Refugees and Immigrants

NY Internship Opportunities

NY State Division of the Budget
Federal Reserve Bank of NY -
NY Department of Environmental Conservation -
Legal Aid Society of NY-
Senator Schumer-
Senator Gillibrand-
New York State Energy Resource and Development Authority 
Saratogian, Post Star, Daily Gazette, or Ch. 6 or Ch. 13 or Ch. 9- I have contacts at all these places. 
Government Law Center at Albany Law School

Doug Lundquist Legislative Intern Program, has 2 full time paid internships in Albany - Contact CSEA Legislative Director, John Belmont 518-436-8622, Interns work on behalf of NY State's largest public employee union.

NY Business Council- a pro business think tank that is very active in NY politics-

Fiscal Policy Institute- the lefty counterpart to the Business Council-

Internship Lists

Here are some good lists of internships with NY State- 
The NY Civil Service list 
The New York Job Source:
The New York Job Source:

New York City Internships

Department of Citywide Administrative Services

NYC Summer Housing

The New York City Internship Program provides interns with guided and rigorous academic course work, and facilitates a theoretically grounded, yet practical understanding of New York City government and public affairs. Students are placed throughout the city, in governmental and non-governmental organizations. As a part of the NYC Internship Program, the Program produces the CUNY Forum. The CUNY Forum is a monthly public affairs discussion among students, faculty, policy makers and analysts about major issues affecting New York City and is later broadcast throughout the City on CUNY-TV’s cable channel 75.

New York State Government

Attorney General’s Office

The Attorney General’s Office has a wide array of responsibilities: representation of the State and its agencies in litigation, criminal prosecutions, Medicaid fraud, antitrust enforcement, consumer protection, environmental protection, Securities Law enforcement, and more.

Banking Department

The aim of the Banking Department is to allow the financial industry to expand and prosper through judicious regulation and vigilant supervision, to educate and protect consumers while promoting economic growth and ensuring that the financial system is safe and accessible to all.

Department of Civil Service

As the principal human resource agency for New York State government, the Department of Civil Service strives to promote best practice personnel systems by providing innovative, cost-effective and efficient solutions for change and diversity based on fitness, merit and equality of opportunity.

Department of Environmental Conservation

The DEC was created to bring together in a single agency all state programs directed toward protecting and enhancing the environment, and is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Environmental Conservation Law.

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

The NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) promotes policies, plans, and practices that support individuals with disabilities by supporting full participation in society; upholding equality and self-determination; and promoting access to research and information needed for informed decision-making

Division of the Budget

The Division of the Budget is responsible for preparing the annual Executive Budget pursuant to the Governor's direction and policy objectives.

Education Department

The Education Department has a wide array of responsibilities which include: curriculum standards for pre-K through 12 th grade, Regents exams, GED program, higher education, teacher certification, maintenance of state libraries and museums, administering 39 licensed professions, promoting equity for disabled students, and more.

Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER)

As the Governor's representative in employee relations matters, GOER negotiates collective bargaining agreements; provides advice and technical assistance to supervisors about personnel rules, regulations, policies, and contract administration issues; offers training and development programs to improve the State workforce; and more.

New York State Assembly

Interns serve as full-time Assembly staff researchers and policy analysts. Their responsibilities include: fiscal analysis of proposed legislation and program budgets, research and drafting bills and memos, and preparing background papers and reports.

Office of the State Comptroller

The State Comptroller is New York State's chief fiscal officer. Responsibilities for the Comptroller’s Office include: managing the state’s assets, issuing debt, conducting audits of State agencies, issuing reports on State finances, reviewing State contracts and payrolls, maintaining the State’s accounting system, and operating the retirement systems for State and local retirees.

Department of Motor Vehicles

Department of Public Service

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Division of Human Rights

Division of Parole

Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Energy Research and Developmental Authority (NYSERDA)

Higher Education Services Corporation

Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Office of Children and Family Services

Office of General Services

Office of Mental Health

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research

Office of Temporary Disability Assistance

State Senate

Albany City and County Government

Albany County Department of Management and Budget

The Department of Management and Budget provides management information and assistance is provided to all County departments, enabling them to provide the highest quality programs and services to customers at the lowest possible cost to the County’s taxpayers.

New York Conference of Mayors

The New York Conference of Mayors provides its 575 members with aggressive legislative advocacy, comprehensive municipal training, and timely technical assistance.

New York State Association of Counties

The New York State Association of Counties represents county concerns on both the federal and state levels, and it serves to promote more effective local government through advocacy, research and training activities.

Schenectady County

Schenectady County Government is made up of 39 departments ranging from Transportation and Social Services to Auditing and Public Safety. The county's 1600 employees perform the day to day activities that provide services to the residents of Schenectady County.

Albany County Department of Human Resources 
Town of Glenville


Non-Profits and Advocacy Organizations

Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)—Government and Legal Affairs Office

ADK's conservation and advocacy program grew in response to the need for responsible policy development concerning the care of the Forest Preserve, the right of the public to use it for recreation, and the protection of natural resources.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

ACOG works primarily in four areas: advocating for quality health care for women, maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members, promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care, and increasing awareness of the changing issues facing women's health care.

Central District Management Association, Inc.

The creation of a business improvement district will work to enhance the public perception of the Central Avenue business corridor. The Central District Management Association works to do all things necessary and proper to make the Central Avenue business corridor more attractive for business and civic events and improve the quality of life for residents in adjacent neighborhoods.

College Board

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program (AP).

Environmental Advocates of New York

As the state’s premier environmental watchdog, Environmental Advocates of New York works independently and through coalitions to ensure that New York enacts and implements the measures needed to protect its natural resources and environmental health; and that the public is informed of, and participates in, important environmental policy debates.

New York Civil Liberties Union

The NYCLU fights for civil liberties and civil rights through a multi-layered program of litigation, advocacy, public education, and community organizing. We represent ordinary people who have experienced injustice and have decided to fight back.

United Way of Schenectady County

Local United Ways are independent, separately incorporated entities that work to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. More than fundraisers, local United Ways are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing community issues. United Ways have led the nonprofit sector in the call for transparent accountability and measurable results.


Doug Lundquist Legislative Intern Program, has 2 full time paid internships in Albany - Contact CSEA Legislative Director, John Belmont 518-436-8622, Interns work on behalf of NY State's largest public employee union.


Organizations and Links


Adirondack Council

American Lung Association

Center for Economic Growth

Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State

Citizen Action of New York

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)

Community Caregivers, Inc.

Environmental Business Association of New York State

Family Planning Advocates of New York

Girl Scouts, HudsonValley Council

Healthcare Association of New York State

Mental Health Association in New York State

New York Health Plan Association

New York State School Boards Association

Self-Advocacy Association of New York State

Sierra Club

United University Professions

NOW - New York State, Inc.

Legislative Gazette

Think-Tanks and Other Research Organizations

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy a statewide, nonprofit, policy analysis and advocacy organization working to shape policies to improve health, welfare and human services for all New Yorkers, especially those who are poor or vulnerable.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy a conservative state-based think tank "dedicated to promoting freedom, opportunity and enterprise" in New York

Manhattan Institute - free market oriented think tank in NYC

Center for Technology in Government

The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) works with government to develop information strategies that foster innovation and enhance the quality and coordination of public services. CTG carries out this mission through applied research and partnership projects that address the policy, management, and technology dimensions of information use in the public sector.

Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government conducts studies and special projects to assist government and enhance the capacity of states and localities to meet critical challenges. The work of the Institute focuses on the role of state governments in the American federal system. The Institute is fast becoming the preeminent national center for the study of state government.

NY Business Council- a pro business think tank that is very active in NY politics-

Fiscal Policy Institute- the lefty counterpart to the Business Council-

Center for Governmental Research- based in Rochester- they do great research -

Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany

Professional Development Program

Everett Public Service Internship Program


Advocates for Human Potential

Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), Inc., is a research and consulting firm that offers research and evaluation, technical assistance and training, system and organization development, and resource development and dissemination in core content areas. These areas include mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, housing, homelessness, criminal justice, and employment.

Center for Governmental Research (CGR)

CGR serves the public interest by providing objective research, consultation and implementation expertise that empowers government, business, and nonprofit leaders to improve the quality of their communities as places to live and do business. CGR delivers practical recommendations that drive significant public-policy action and organizational change.

Eric Mower and Associates

Welfare Research, Inc.



Meyer, Suozzi, English, and Klein

Meyer, Suozzi, English, and Klein provide counsel and representation to a wide variety of labor unions and not for profit and business corporations on governmental regulation and procurement matters. We advise clients on strategies to influence government and on tactics such as grass roots lobbying, political activity, and public relations.

Malkin and Ross

Malkin & Ross is best known for lobbying on behalf of non-profit organizations, trade associations and consumers. We employ top-notch lobbyists, media professionals, and grassroots organizers to advance our clients’ interests. From our inception in 1985, Malkin & Ross has grown steadily to become one of the top ten lobbying firms in Albany, and is widely recognized for skillful, committed advocacy.

The Vidal Group - - is offering paid internships. It is a good opportunity to see how lobbying works in Albany.


Organizations and Links

Hinman Straub, P.C.

Weingarten and Reid, LLC

Regional Internship Sites

Albany Business Improvement District- (various internships for many different majors) 
Albany Area Internships - My

Websites provide internship postings and more importantly, enable you to identify the organizations and agencies of interest so you can apply for opportunities that aren't posted. Here are some good ones:

Nonprofit Sites
Idealist- Extensive information, including contact people, for nearly 70,000 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. An excellent way to identify employers to contact for non-posted positions. Also provides posted internships. 
CornellTRAK - Internship listings for Cornellians. 
VolunteerMatch - Enables you to locate opportunities by zip code and career area and to receive customized emails. 
AmeriCorps - Offers summer programs across the country and in many areas of service. Click on"Connect" on the home page, and then "Find A Program." 
Action for Change - Offers database of organizations run by students or focused on students with ways to become involved. It also contains general national organizations and initiatives. s
Student Conservation Association - Paid internships, three months to one year in duration in fields such as conservation, wilderness patrols, environmental education, public policy, biological research, and historic preservation. 
The Riley Guide Internships - Links to a wide variety of internship sites.

Government Sites - The federal government's official source of internships, co-ops, and volunteer options. Also provides a large database of agencies that are interested in students. - A database of the nearly 88,000 local government employers in the U.S. - cities, counties and towns. Use it to identify offices and agencies that you would like to contact in fields such as health, finance, recreation, environment, science, arts, education, and much more. 
Partnership for Public Service - Their internship directory includes information on more than 200 federal internship programs and is searchable by agency, eligibility, and location. 
New York City Government Internships - Summer internship listings with a wide range of city government agencies.