October 30, 2000 Geneva, NY – Abbey Lewis, a junior at William Smith College, is working this semester for Senator Edward M. Kennedy at his office in Boston at the Government Center of the JFK Federal Building.
Lewis, of Bridgewater, N.J., assists in the Senator's office with U.S. immigration matters working with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She also aids people in need of federal housing by working with Boston Housing Authority and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, she assist staff members perform other casework, attends constituent meetings, and assists non-profit organizations, as well as city and town officials in applying for federal grants and finding information on legislative issues. In September, Lewis was invited to the Kennedy's Hyannis Estate, where she attended a campaign fund-raising event.
Lewis has previously held internships with New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg in Newark, N.J.; at the Somerset County Courthouse, in Somerville, N.J.; at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes in Geneva, N.Y.; at the Rape Crisis Center of the Finger Lakes in Geneva, N.Y.; and at Geneva City Hall. Lewis has also participated in the America Reads program, where she tutored second-grade students in the Geneva City School District.
On the Hobart and William Smith campus, Lewis is a political science major, international relations and public policy minor, and a member of the Hobart and William Smith sailing team, which is ranked fourth in the nation. During winter break, Lewis will work for the Washington, D.C. Office on Latin America, a government agency that assists Latin Americans.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are affiliated, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. — the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.