Gideon Porter ’12 is up and running this summer, with two different internships in New York City. Porter is working for Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General running for New York State Governor. He is also interning for City Year, a nonprofit AmeriCorps organization whose primary goal is to promote citizen service through civic engagement, leadership development and social entrepreneurship. He manages the cost of interning in two places, and traveling from Northern New Jersey into New York City daily, thanks to an endowed internship provided by the Ralph A. and Jane Pica Endowed Internship Fund.
A political science major, Porter applied to the Cuomo campaign while Cuomo was still running for Attorney General, believing he would eventually announce he was running for Governor.
“I wanted to work on the Cuomo for Governor Campaign because I was very interested in doing my own small part to elect someone I believe will be a great Governor. I was also interested because, simply put, campaigns are fun to work on. Campaigns always prove to be exciting, challenging and fulfilling.”
Porter has worked in the past on the Obama campaign and various others. This time, Porter is learning firsthand how a gubernatorial campaign is run. He notes that he has learned a lot by watching and helping the senior staff. “They are all very good at what they do and know what it takes to succeed at this high level of politics.”
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, providing them with new skills and opportunities to further develop the citizen service movement that is City Year’s mission. As mentors, tutors and role models, these young leaders help children stay in school and on track to transform schools and communities across the United States and internationally through their school-based service and youth leadership programs.
At City Year, Porter is learning how a non-profit organization is run while, in the process, discovering the difficulties children face in schools and the ideas that people have to improve education.
“I applied to the City Year internship because I have a strong passion for improving education in our country,” says Porter. “There are too many children in this country who receive inadequate education, which leads to devastating results later on in life. Our country suffers from levels of poverty and inequality that I believe are unacceptable in the 21st century. By improving education in this country, poverty and inequality will be reduced.”
Porter sees both internships as offering direct experience in two fields in which he could see himself after graduation, politics and education. “Right now, I want to keep my options open, which is why I decided to take two internships that will help provide me with a solid foundation in the worlds of politics and education,” he says.
The internship fund was created by a gift from Ralph A. and Jane Pica, with the goal of providing financial support for students who are supplementing classroom education with internship experience to gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future careers. The Picas’ generosity enables students to test their skills and realize their potential. This fund is open to internships in all industries.
During the school year, he is a Writing Colleague, member of the College Democrats, on the Club Hockey Team and the Dean’s List.