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The Model New York State Senate Session Project is an annual leadership development program, run by the ETR Internship Program in collaboration with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature and the State University of New York. Each year, more than 60 CUNY and SUNY students are brought together for a series of intensive training seminars on state policy formulation, legislative processes, representation and leadership. CUNY students are selected for participation from their home campuses through the offices of their respective college presidents, provosts and student affairs officers. The ETR Internship Program coordinates the selection process for CUNY. The seminars include visits from prominent NYS legislators and guest lecturers. The program culminates with students debating bills on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber in Albany. Participating students are also given the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards. Through participation in the process of legislative decision-making, students further their organizational, research and public speaking skills by means of a model legislative seminars. By working on a legislative agenda that they develop, the students play an integral role in their pursuit of a public service education. Moreover, they are introduced to a “hands-on” approach to involvement in the political and policy processes that affect them, their families and their communities.


Applications for the 2017 Model Senate Session Project.
Students are nominated to participate by their respective campuses.
Students should not apply directly to participate.
Students interested in participating should contact their Student Affairs Department for more information.
Minimum requirements: 30 credits earned and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Students are required to attend four training seminars.
All majors may apply.

Click Here for the Model Senate eYearbooks Picture Galleries

Click Here for the Model Senate Reunion eYearbook

If you complete the 2016 Model Senate Session Project and would like to download an application for the SOMOS CUNY Summer Internship Program please click here.


If you are a former Model Senator and would like to update your contact information please download the Model New York State Senate Session Project Alumni Information Update Form by clicking here--once completed please email to


Below, please view a video segment (begins at 14:45) about this program
(as profiled in Season 2 Program 2 of the CUNY-TV series "Study With The Best")
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