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C.W. Post Student Serves as an Intern in the New York State Assembly


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Danielle Chin and Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell Brookville, N.Y. -- Like most college students, Danielle Chin has papers to write and presentations to give. Unlike most college students, Chin's most recent assignment involved defending the same-sex marriage bill in a mock session of the New York State Assembly.

Chin, an honors student at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University who is majoring in political science with a minor in criminal justice, has served since January as an intern for Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell who represents the 69th Assembly district on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and is the first openly gay man in the New York State Assembly. At the Assembly Intern Committee's annual Mock Session held in May, Chin was just one of eight interns out of 154 honored for her work, which involved introducing a bill, lobbying for it to be put on the agenda and debating its merits.

"This has truly been a most incredible learning experience," Chin said.

Chin, a resident of Deer Park, N.Y. who transferred to C.W. Post from Suffolk County Community College nearly two years ago, learned about the internship program from Dr. Stanley Klein, a popular professor of political science. A member of the Honors Program, the Political Science Honors Program and the Pre-Law Society, she will graduate in January 2011 and continue on to law school. She will remain in Albany until the end of June, when the current session ends.

As an intern, Chin not only schedules appointments and helps keep the office organized, but she summarizes bill text for the assemblyman and talks to his constituents. She attends sessions of the assembly -- getting an up close and personal look at how government works on a state level.

"With everything that has been going on in New York lately -- the budget, the possibility of furloughs -- it's been amazing to observe," she said. "You truly don't know how state government works until you do something like this."

Posted 06/11/2010

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