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County Legislator Josh Lafazan Summer Internship Program
This internship program will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM from June-August. Interns are expected to arrive on-time and attend the full program as scheduled. The aim of this program is for interns to gain exposure to local politics and to build the skills for a future in politics, public policy, and communications.


What To Expect:

Each day, interns will get to meet and listen to guest speakers, and will participate in intimate town hall-style meetings with special dignitaries called "Pizza & Politics" ; be responsible for working in their designated departments; and be required to knock on the doors of constituents in the 18th legislative district of Nassau County (https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9195). The guest speakers will consist of elected officials, judges, and other prominent leaders across New York State. Interns will be broken into departments that include: Research and Policy, Event Planning, Multimedia Design, Communications, and Community Outreach. After completing work in their departments, interns will knock on doors to gauge the needs of the district and how Legislator Lafazan can better represent his constituents. ALL interns are required to knock on doors, and will be doing so with their respective departments.

The internship program will be based out of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501. All interns are responsible for transportation to Mineola in the morning, and from a designated meeting spot within the 18th district once interns are finished knocking on doors in the evening. Interns must receive working papers from their local school district. Interns are responsible for their own lunch, either to bring lunch or to purchase lunch nearby. As the internship takes place within a government building, the dress code is business casual. The internship is unpaid. Interns are also expected to answer emails and texts promptly.

The internship program is coordinated and run by Shari Bieber, Senior Advisor to Legislator Lafazan. Her email address is sbieber21nassauleg@gmail.com.


Letter of Recommendation and Community Service Hours:

Each intern will leave the internship program with community service credit hours, and a letter of recommendation from Legislator Lafazan.


Department Descriptions:

Research and Policy: Interns will be responsible for updating Legislator Lafazan and staff on local issues affecting both District 18 and Nassau County. They will monitor local news sites, attend press conferences and hearings, and summarize their findings. Research and Policy interns will also monitor legislation circulating the county legislature and will be responsible for composing policy proposals. They will get to meet with local interest groups to gather information from experts to help in drafting these policy proposals.

Event Planning: Interns will help organize and plan constituent services events that will benefit the public. Examples of these kinds of events include breast cancer screening events and voter registration drives for constituents. Interns will be responsible for brainstorming event ideas; working closely with staff to determine all logistics including location, time and volunteers; advertising events to the community; and working these events to ensure they run smoothly.

Multimedia Design: Interns will provide video and graphic content for advertising and social media purposes. These interns will go with Legislator Lafazan to events and take pictures and videos to be edited for social media. Graphics will also be needed to advertise constituent services events. Interns will also document the internship program by creating 2-3 minute video clips of the Research and Policy department's policy proposals and intern spotlights.

Communications: Interns will be responsible for monitoring Legislator Lafazan's media presence and ensuring he is updated on local news. They will be expected to hand in weekly news updates and identify events that the Legislator should attend. If Legislator Lafazan is mentioned in a news article, the interns will need to collect this information and summarize these articles. These interns will also be responsible for creating a media strategy to best communicate Legislator Lafazan's correspondence and ideas to the public.

Community Outreach: Interns will help to ensure that Legislator Lafazan is closely engaged with his constituents. They will engage in correspondence with constituents through letter writing projects and in-person meetings with constituents and civic groups. Interns will manage a database of constituent correspondence and share feedback of the in-person meetings with Legislator Lafazan and his staff. They will also be responsible for organizing constituent feedback collected when interns knock on doors.

For more information about Legislator Lafazan, visit https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/4465/District-18---Joshua-A-Lafazan.

*** In addition to completing this application, a resume and letter of recommendation from a former work supervisor or teacher/professor, must be sent to Shari Bieber at sbieber21nassauleg@gmail.com. You can expect to hear back from us about the internship in April. ***

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Which grade are you entering into in the fall? (Applicants MUST 16+ and be able to provide their working papers). *
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