Back row: Emily Perez, Tiffany Chu, James Smolic, Cleopatra Papadopoulos, Christina Papadopoulos
Front row seated: Chaya Halberstam, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Jessica Mendieta, Amanda Robinson
You may remember your first internship, running to get a superior coffee or picking up their dry cleaning.
That’s not exactly what the interns for Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas are doing this summer. The office’s 12 interns are researching legislative issues, posting on social media, organizing constituent concerns and checking out quality of life issues all across Astoria.
They’ve identified several items for the office to work on, including potholes, deteriorating pavement, overflowing garbage baskets, leaking or broken fire hydrants, toppled or faded street signs or faded crosswalk markings. With each case, a staff member follows up with a 311 call.
“When I was in college, I interned for the former NYC Council Speaker Peter Vallone, and received invaluable insight into how government can work for every day New Yorkers,” Simotas said. “I am so happy to offer that same experience to the next generation of leaders.”
The interns are students at the following schools: CUNY Baruch College, CUNY Hunter College, Columbia University, Long Island University, Mt. Holyoke College (Massachusetts) and St. Vincent Ferrer High School. Her office noted that all internships are unpaid.
Simotas is now hiring interns for the fall. If you’re interested, call 718-545-3889 or email email@example.com.