Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crisco welcomes interns to orientation in Hartford

State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. , D-Woodbridge, Chair of the General Assembly’s Internship Committee, welcomes new legislative interns as they begin an orientation program in the state Senate chamber. / Contributed photo

HARTFORD – This spring, a select group of college students will have the opportunity to get an education they simply cannot find in a classroom. 
The group has been selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Connecticut General Assembly’s prestigious internship program.

As Chair of the legislature’s Internship Committee, state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. , D-Woodbridge, welcomed the students to the Capitol for their orientation last week.

“This is a highly competitive program, and each of the students was chosen based on the quality of their academic work, and the strength of their recommendations,” Crisco said.

 “The program is intensive and immersive. The students will get a look at the workings of the political process from the inside. They’ll engage with legislators and staff, and be an active part of the legislator's office to which they are assigned.”

The interns’ responsibilities may include legislative research, constituent letter writing and casework, working on press releases and tracking legislation as it makes its way through the legislative process.

The two-day intern orientation included a legislative staff panel on the day to day responsibilities of being an intern, and discussions with former interns about their experiences and keys to success. Interns also attended a panel discussion with current legislators, and heard from the director of the internship program about the academic components required for the internship.

Additional programs will be offered over the next few months to give interns the opportunity to meet with members of the legislature’s nonpartisan staff and lobbyists.

“I encouraged the interns to be active, and make the most of this exceptional opportunity,” Crisco said.

“The simplest and best piece of advice I gave them is to engage with their legislators, with their staff, and with their peers. If they do, then their time here will be extremely rewarding.”

This is a press release from Crisco's office.

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