This summer, Syed Zaidi ’12 dove head first into the world of politics in New York State. He had already been exposed to politics through his work as a Summer Intern for the 2009 Bloomberg for Mayor campaign, where he was responsible for leading the Students for Bloomberg initiative for the district of Southeast Queens.
For summer 2010, his first internship was with the Democratic State Committee where he had the opportunity to attend the Democratic State Convention. While there, Zaidi assisted with the election of the Attorney General.
“Working for the State Committee is great because they send me all over the state. I never know where I’m going to be headed next, and I love it,” says Zaidi. In addition, Zaidi was involved with press communications, managing volunteers for political events and the launch of a new website.
Zaidi was also an intern for the Cuomo for Governor campaign, where he helped manage volunteers for events such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Zaidi was busy with IT support in Cuomo’s office in addition to his managerial duties.
His third internship was with Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 15th District. Through his work with Rangel’s reelection campaign, Zaidi was busy canvassing the streets of Harlem. He also worked the phones for fundraising, contacting corporate and political organizations for support.
When he wasn’t occupied with his political internships, Zaidi was involved with a non-profit organization called People Against Landlord Abuse and Tenant Exploitation (PALANTE) in Harlem. As a tenant advocacy group, PALANTE’s mission is to restore a respectable life for tenants in their apartment buildings. While working there, Zaidi assisted PALANTE as they moved into new offices by setting up all of the necessary computer equipment. He was also responsible for writing articles on their blog regarding the harassments and violations that tenants were suffering from.
On campus, Zaidi is an active and committed member of the community. He is the president of Project Nur, which aims to share the perspective of Muslims and the religion of Islam on campus through the use of media, discussions and forums. Zaidi is vice president of the Hillel and is involved with a variety of committees in Hobart Student Government.
Zaidi would like to thank Josiel Estrella and Elsia Vasquez for their assistance and guidance this summer. In the photo above he is pictured with Former Mayor Dinkins.