Political Science Majors Learn To Lead at UAlbany


President Barack Obama: “Hello New York! It
is great to be back in Albany.” Kelly Hanson: “There’s always something changing
in Political Science, new campaigns, new policy that’s coming forth.” David Fronk: “It’s amazing when you look at
the power government has to make a difference in individual communities.” Mereideth Weiss: “The best way to learn how
to change the system as we have it is to learn more about that system.” Martin Robinson: “In my Political Science
Major we look at the role everyone plays in a political society.” Hanson: “There’s a million things you can
do with Political Science.” Weiss: “The most unique factor about the Political
Science major here is the concentration that each student pursues. So global or public
policy. Public law, political theory or American Politics, which allows them to get a deeper
knowledge of one area while also having plenty of electives. The major involves a lot of
reading, a lot of writing, a lot of research, and most importantly a lot of critical thinking.” Robinson: “It is very rigorous.” Fronk: “People know that when you come out
of the school you have a certain ability to critically think and communicate and be able
to problem solve and those are critical parts of any job, particularly government.” Weiss: “Which means that students tend to
come out of this degree much more confident in their own knowledge.” Hanson: “The speaking skills, the writing
skills, the reading skills, I feel like I’m one notch ahead of everybody else.” Weiss: “The students pursuing political science
or public policy here, they have a dedicated environment . Rockefeller College is among
the top ranked programs in public affairs in the United States that really allows for
a much more concentrated, much more focused experience.” Hanson: “I chose political science at UAlbany
because of the location to the capitol region.” Weiss: “Because we’re so close to the state
legislature we do have internship programs there.” Hanson: “I work one on one with Senator Maziarz,
he’s the vice president of the senate.” Robinson: “We’re getting the experience needed
to be able to work successfully in the public sector. We have in the studio congressman
Paul Tonko.” Congressman Paul Tonko: “It’s great to join
you and all of your listeners on campus.” Weiss: “We have a Washington D.C. semester
internship program that includes interning in a federal agency or think tank while also
taking the UAlbany classes.” Hanson: “Those kind of opportunities just
don’t come around and being a student at UAlbany you have these opportunities.” Weiss: “We also have alumni who really take
it upon themselves to work with the college and work with our students.” Fronk: “One of the things I’ve been trying
to do since I’ve been here is to create a new internship program that allows the student
to come in and see how government is functioning. To be a part of the solution, to be a part
of empowering communities, and to be a part of positive outcomes.” Weiss: “Students want jobs when they graduate,
and so we do prepare them for that too. But ideally we really like citizens who are both
employed and engaged.” Hanson: “I applied, got in to one of the most
competitive Law Schools in the country, and I’m hoping to practice Environmental Law.” Robinson: “The Political Science program here
emphasizes analysis needed to best help to serve the public.” Fronk: “I think that’s the power of government,
is that you can work with people and empower people, and make positive things happen. And
that’s a major part of what I learned what to do at UAlbany.”

Maurice Vega

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