Students in the State Politics course traveled to Albany to discuss the SAFE Act and visit the New York State Court of Appeals.
Internships in the Political Science Department
The Political Science Department offers internship opportunities to all majors. Internships are intended to be experiential learning with two major goals: enhancing the intern's specific skills (for example, research and writing ability, computer proficiency, teamwork skills, and public service) and expanding his/her areas of knowledge (for example, the law, political campaigning, child welfare services, and economic development). Placements are aligned with a student's interests, his/her academic coursework, and his/her career and/or graduate school plans.
Students can choose a 3-6 credit on-campus placement or a 12-15 credit option in Albany, NY with the NYS Senate or NYS Assembly, or in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Center. Local interns select from a wide range of possible placements: in the offices of law firms and district attorneys, in not-for-profit organizations and government social service agencies, for local and national legislators and party organizations. Off-campus internships cover an array of governmental and non-governmental setting: Congress, news bureaus, financial businesses, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, foreign embassies, and lobbying organizations.
The Department's commitment is to provide a worthwhile experience that advances your college education and prepares you for your life after graduation.
Service Learning combines community service work with self-reflection and academic study to offer students an innovative, hands-on, relevant, and rewarding learning experience. Both service learning and internships are valuable learning experiences, but they differ in their goals. Internships are intended to help students gain work-related experience by placing them in professional environments. In contrast, the goal of service learning is to connect students with the local community by having them work in non-profit organizations committed to improving the quality of life of others. The work is valued not because it will lead to a job, but because it strengthens the student as a citizen. It connects the student to the community, and it provides an opportunity for the student to learn from the service of others.
Get Involved on Campus
Model United Nations
The Le Moyne College Model United Nations Club participates every year in the Model UN Conference at Harvard University or other Model UN conferences. Model UN is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations by representing assigned countries and writing briefs on particular international issues.
The goal of Le Moyne College's Pre-Law Society is to educate students and faculty alike in the area of law. It sponsors panels, speakers, films, and student events towards that goal. We hope that students of any major who possess an interest to attend law school after Le Moyne College or enter a career associated with law benefit from the activities of this club.
Amnesty International is a nonpolitical organization dedicated to the work of advocacy on behalf of prisoners of conscience. Amnesty International promotes campus networks so that during the academic year students can participate in the organization’s work. The purpose of the campus network at Le Moyne is twofold: to help in the work that the organization carries out and to allow students to learn about the world situation regarding prisoners of conscience.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. Le Moyne has an accredited chapter of the society (Tau Alpha). The goals of Pi Sigma Alpha are to honor outstanding students and to support and promote extracurricular activities related to public affairs. Students who are political science majors, have completed at least 10 hours in the major and who possess a G.P.A. of 3.3 (overall and in the major) are eligible for membership.
Political Science Academy
The Political Science Academy, which is open to all students, aims to develop and promote student awareness of, knowledge regarding and participation in the political system. Field trips, speakers, topical discussions and debates, workshops and social activities are planned throughout the academic year.
Membership in the Democrat Club is open to any member of the Le Moyne community who desires to meet, listen to and share the ideas of the Democratic Party. Events and activities of the club include an annual student voter registration drive, films, speakers, current event discussion sessions and campaign participation on behalf of Democratic candidates.
The Republican Club was formed to make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party on campus. Among its goals are the development of political skills and leadership abilities needed for future service to the party and the community, the recruitment of students as members of the club and Republican Party and the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government. Membership is open to all students.
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Liberty in North Korea is a non-governmental organization that rescues North Korean refugees hiding in China and resettles them in South Korea or the United States, so that they can avoid being forcibly repatriated back to North Korea. LiNK also seeks to raise awareness of human rights issues in North Korea through media production, conducting research, and through semi-annual tours. The organization has produced several feature-length documentaries, including Danny from North Korea and Bridge to North Korea in 2013 and The People's Crisis and the SHIFT campaign video in 2012. http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/
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