Earlier this year, the Long Island Association of Next Generation Politics decided to initiate an internship placement program. NGP’s founder, Ryan Adell, spearheaded this program. Experiencing an internship in a government or political office can give young people a holistic understanding of the governmental and political process like no other job can. For these reasons and more, Long Island NGP partnered with community leaders, including Sam Bifulco of Huntington, to offer all of it’s members the opportunity to be placed in a political or governmental internship for the summer.
Twelve NGP members decided to take advantage of the opportunity. Students from across Long Island were placed in internships – government and political – with elected officials and candidates from both sides of the aisle. The individuals NGP members were placed in internships with include, Suffolk County Legislature Steve Stern (D – Huntington), Chairwoman Toni Tepe of the Huntington Republican Committee, New York State Assemblyman Raia (R – East Northport), Candidate for Nassau County Legislature Josh Lafazan, Assemblyman Lupinacci (R – South Huntington), and Assemblyman Lavine (D – Glen Cove). Pictured above are a few of our members who were placed in internships.
One of the members of the Oyster Bay Chapter of NGP who is interning with Assemblyman Lavine, Sahill Yadav, stated that “NGP has shown [him] new opportunities to learn about local politics and the program has provided [him] with rare experiences that are not found elsewhere.” Local government is often-times the layer of government in which young people can make a more efficient and calculable impact, which is why NGP specifically looked to local elected officials when placing it’s interns.
NGP is humbled that several elected officials expressed enthusiasm to bring high school interns to their offices. NGP is eager to facilitate this program again next summer, and leaders within the organization are excited to hear about the members’ experiences in their respective internships. Collaboration between the next generation and our current elected officials is the key to progress, and NGP is glad it was able to facilitate this development.