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Portrait of Franco Bastida

As an undergraduate student, Franco took lead roles in-and-out the classroom as an intern for the Aaron Woolf for Congress Campaign, a delegate for the Washington Model Organization of American State (WMOAS), and editor for Cardinal Points, SUNY Plattsburgh’s award-winning newspaper.

Internship Opportunities

An integral part of the political science program is the opportunity for students to have internship experiences. While taking coursework, many students also take local internships. The District Attorney’s office, the local office of the State Attorney General, the Plattsburgh Mayor’s office, and the Clinton County Board of Elections offer regular internship opportunities, and some students have interned on local political campaigns.

Full-semester internships in New York or Washington D.C. are also available. In Albany, internships with the Assembly, the Senate, and Executive offices are available, and in Washington D.C., students’ choices have ranged from interest groups, to Capitol Hill, to the Supreme Court.


  • Mayor’s Office
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • North Country Legal Services
  • Clinton County Board of Elections

New York State

Capitol Hill

  • Washington Semester Program
  • Amnesty International, Office of Communications
  • The Supreme Court of the United States, Office of the Clerk
  • The Supreme Court of the United States, Public Information Office
  • Department of State
  • Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs
  • Office of International Visitors
  • National Council on the Aging
  • Office of the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office of Gang Prosecution and Intelligence

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about political science at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact

Harvey Schantz, Chairperson
Office: Hawkins Hall 149
Phone: (518) 564-5826
Fax: (518) 564-4124 or 564-3842
Email: [email protected]