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Clarkson University Student Writes Award-winning New York State Assembly Internship Research Paper

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A paper by Clarkson University student Amanda L. Koenck of Pottstown, Pa., was one of only eight out of 154 to be selected as best research paper in the New York State Assembly Session Internship program.

Amanda L. KoenckHer paper was published in the New York State Assembly’s 2011 Distinguished Intern Report Publication.

Koenck, a senior majoring in political science with a minor in law studies, recently completed the internship program.

Students in the program work in the office of a member of the New York State Assembly to develop a comprehensive understanding of the legislative process in Albany and are required to write policy papers.

Koenck’s paper, titled “An Analysis of Assembly Bill 85: Distribution of Emergency Contraception,” addressed the difficult process of a bill becoming a law in New York State government.

“I focused on a bill written by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Liz Krueger, involving emergency contraception and distribution to minors without a prescription,” says Koenck.

The paper focused on the importance of timing in choosing when to put a bill forward. “A week, or even a day can be the difference between a bill making it to the floor, and dying in committee,” said Koenck in her paper.

One of the biggest surprises Koenck discovered during her internship was the complexity of state government. “There are many different aspects with regards to bills, committees, making time for constituents, budgetary constraints, etc.,” she says.

Each year, Clarkson University’s Career Center assists students with the application process for the Assembly Internship, which is highly competitive, and receives applications from students across the country and internationally.

“The New York Assembly internship is a tremendous opportunity for students from any major,” says Barbara Brown, associate director of the Career Center. “It combines and relates theoretical academics taught by professors-in-residence from NYU and SUNY Albany, with real-life government-based internship experience.”

Brown encourages college students to pursue the Albany program and other programs offered. “Almost any experience can potentially increase a student’s competitiveness in the job market,” she says.

Clarkson’s Career Center also assists students in applying for the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington D.C., the environmental science program at the National Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and the Organization for Tropical Studies ran by Duke University, among others.

Koenck is grateful for the assistance provided by the center. “The Career Center played a huge role in the application process,” she says. “I really don't think I could have been successful in applying without its help.”

Visit the Career Center’s website at  to learn about additional opportunities for Clarkson students. See to find out more about the New York State Assembly Session Internship.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A paper by Clarkson University student Amanda L. Koenck (above) of Pottstown, Pa., was one of only eight out of 154 to be selected as best research paper in the New York State Assembly Session Internship program.

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