Political Science Major Reflects on Internship with the Connecticut General Assembly
Keyri Ambrocio ’21, who hopes to pursue a career in immigration policy or advocacy, spent the semester participating in the Legislative Internship Program at the State Capitol.
May 10, 2019
By Keyri Ambrocio ’21
The Legislative Internship Program in Hartford has provided me with an enriching, hands-on learning experience. As a part-time intern in this program, I was assigned to State Representatives Kara Rochelle and Tom Arnone.
At my internship, I have been able to conduct policy research, track bills, coordinate constituent events, and communicate with constituents, as well as draft press releases, testimony, and speeches. I have also been able to use and build my networking, communication, writing, and conflict resolution skills.
This experience has not only taught me about the formal and informal legislative process and provided me with direct experience on how the state government works, but it has also enabled me to meet influential people in our state’s government and our political system. I have been able to meet and converse with legislators, lobbyists, commission directors, and many more. I have also been able to attend a number of public hearings, committee meetings, and forums.
Most importantly, this experience has given me the ability to create new opportunities for myself in my future profession by connecting with inspiring people.
As a political science major, I am deeply interested in immigration policy and immigrant rights advocacy, and I hope to pursue a career in this field. Having the opportunity to connect with organizations that advocate for immigrants and refugees, and who influence policy, has been incredible.
"Most importantly, this experience has given me the ability to create new opportunities for myself in my future profession by connecting with inspiring people."Keyri Ambrocio ’21
My experience has been profoundly unique. This internship has provided me with an experience and knowledge that I would not have been able to get in a classroom. I was able to step out of my comfort zone, learn from new experiences, and further develop my skillset. It has also provided me with future development and career opportunities.
This has been a great experience, allowing me to draw on what I have learned in my classes at the University of New Haven and to apply it working with the state legislature.