HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2021 Page Program.
Approaching its seventh year, the legislature’s Page Program is an immersive summer internship program that gives college students the opportunity to learn about county government and public service. The 2021 program will run for 12 weeks, beginning with an orientation on May 21 and culminating in a graduation ceremony on Aug. 6.
Nearly 30 students participated in last year’s program, which went fully remote as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s program will be remote as well, offering students the ability to participate virtually via Zoom.
“This summer program has been designed to provide the guidance and training students need to become the next generation of leaders,” said Presiding Officer Calarco. “They will see firsthand what it is like to work in government and develop leadership skills that build confidence. Last year’s remote program was tremendously successful, and we look forward to once again providing a meaningful experience for our Pages.”
Participants will connect with legislators, elected officials, and policymakers from throughout Suffolk County, participate in an online mock legislature, and attend weekly virtual workshops on leadership and personal development. Students will also be tasked with developing service projects that address one of the many issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application to join the 2021 class of Pages is due May 7. For details on the program, please visit www.scnylegislature.us/895/Page-Program.
“The Suffolk County Legislature’s annual Page Program is a learning experience like no other for college-aged students interested in public policy, government, and politics,” said Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, the legislature’s Minority Leader. “The Page Program provides a glimpse into the inner workings of the County Legislature and several other parts of county government through first-hand experiences. Program participants work directly with legislators and their staff, while also establishing a mock legislature to debate legislation and discuss real issues facing the county. My staff and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our Pages over the years, and I would strongly recommend those interested to contact their legislator and apply.”
The Page Program was created by the Suffolk County Legislature Office of the Presiding Officer in 2015 to provide students with a rewarding and educational experience in local government. Several former Pages return to serve as “Senior Pages” who help organize activities and guide the new class.
Logan Mazer, of Coram, who served as a Page in last year’s class and was elected by his peers to serve as the Page Presiding Officer during the mock legislative meetings, described being in the program as an “invaluable experience.”
“Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we were able to come together and experience some of the ins-and-outs of county government through hands-on experience,” Mazer said. “I highly encourage anyone who is interested in the policy process, government, or bettering their community to apply for this program. The people you will meet and lessons you will learn are sure to stick with you for years to come.”
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