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January 23, 2006

Farmingdale State Student To Intern With New York State Senate

L-R: John Flanagan, Jordan Henner and President Gibralter Photo by Jonathan Goldstein.
L-R: John Flanagan, Jordan Henner and President Gibralter
Photo by Jonathan Goldstein.

Farmingdale State University of New York senior Jordan Henner will spend his final semester in Albany as a Senate Session Assistant.

A Commack resident, Jordan is the first Farmingdale State student to apply to and be accepted to both the New York State Senate and Assembly Session Assistant internship programs. The internships constitute a full-time semester of study spent entirely on-site at the Senate. Jordan's internship will run from January through April 2006. He will earn 15 credits toward his B.S. degree in Management Technology. The New York State Senate has sponsored the senate session assistant internship since 1978. Only 35 interns were chosen for the 2006 session. The interns come from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and campus experiences.

State Senator John Flanagan, who had suggested to Jordan that he apply to the program, said, "I am certain Jordan will be a great intern. We recruit only bright and promising candidates." The program's goal is to provide talented and able undergraduate students with firsthand experience of New York State government at the legislative level and to introduce real experience to their on-campus academic endeavors.

Jordan, who has been assigned to Senator Flanagan's office, is considering a career in politics and believes that "This opportunity will give me the experience I need to make an informed decision about my future. Working behind the scenes of public policy is a fascinating and rareopportunity. Now that the New York State Legislative Student Program isestablished on the Farmingdale campus, I hope students will take advantage of thechance to learn the legislative process while earning credit."

Jordan will finish his undergraduate academic career with this enriching and exciting experience as he is scheduled to graduate from Farmingdale State in May 2006.

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