This summer, two William Smith rising seniors, Ashley Snyder and Shauna Spinosa, are taking a break from the books and getting a first-hand look into the workings of state government while participating in N.Y. Governor Spitzer’s Executive Chamber Internship Program.
“It’s just a totally different experience to learn things you can’t while sitting in a classroom, said Snyder.
Working for the Health Department's Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, Snyder has spent much of her time doing legislative research as well as helping organize a conference for state legislators.
A political science major and child advocacy minor, she is working toward her teaching certification, and then her master’s degree in elementary and special education. She plans on teaching for a few years before pursuing a career in child advocacy. The internship is giving her valuable insight into such a career, as she is focusing on family issues and is working alongside people who share her enthusiasm.
“I’d like to do work at the state level concerning child and family services, which is a big part of the division, she said. “I’m working with people with the same interests, who want to see change for the good and are there because they think that they have an impact.
Spinosa is working in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs on such tasks as researching local and regional issues, writing reports on the Albany region and creating databases for organizations and advocacy groups.
An English and American Studies double-major who will be declaring a history minor in the fall, she shares Snyder’s enthusiasm that the internship is a jumping-off point into a future career.
“I know I want to do law and this has only furthered that interest, she said. “I hope to find out exactly what I want to be.