Emile Bazile, a 2018 grad and Brooklyn, N.Y., native, learned a lot during his time as a political science major at Niagara. After interning as a legislative aid for the New York State Assembly, he jump-started his career in politics.
How did you secure the opportunity?
One of my political sciences professors, Dr. Jamie Pimlott, recommended that I apply for the internship my first semester of my senior year. I had no idea that it would alter my political experience/career.
What did you do on a daily basis?
I was responsible for taking meetings, writing up emails, scheduling appointments, and attending sessions.
Most importantly, what did you learn?
As an intern at the New York State Assembly, there’s always something going on. I’ll recommend being aware of what’s going on ALL THE TIME and if you’re not included, find some way to insert yourself into that space. Even if you find yourself as the coffee runner, take such pride with that as an privilege because no matter what anyone says, you found some way to insert yourself into that space. I have had the opportunity to shadow political leaders and meet some very important people from New York’s political sphere. While I am very thankful for the opportunity, I know that I am most likely one of a thousand individuals they’ve met and will probably forget my name immediately after I say it.
Life after college is a lesson in itself. Managing your time becomes much more difficult, seeing that most of the time you have is allocated towards your job responsibilities. The most important thing I learned after the internship is that real life experience is crucial to whatever you want to do. A lot of the times, we as students are so curious about a subject that is often romanticized or over dramatized in a book or movie, such as medical practitioners or lawyers, without ample explanation about what the job really entails. Real life experience gives us the clarity to then guide us towards our intended purpose or career path, further developing our minds to process information.
What advice do you have for future students?
If you decide to pursue a career in politics, from the words of Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, “never pass up a bathroom.” What this means is to never miss out. The last thing you need is to use the bathroom when you're in the middle of an extended meeting or a four-hour debate on the floor.
What are your future plans?
I am currently working as a special assistant under Assemblyman Joseph Lentol in New York Assembly District 50. I have scheduled my LSAT test and plan on applying to law school in the fall of 2019.
How did NU's Office of Career Services help you?
If you have any problems with a cover letter or resume, I recommend setting up an appointment with Career Services before submitting anything. I was applying for an internship during my study abroad semester and asked Stephanie Morris if she could take a look at my resume before I submitted anything. We had a 13-hour difference and Stephanie Morris made herself available somehow to check over my resume before I sent it over. I would recommend future and current students to take advantage of the resources that are available to you. I promise you everyone at Career Services is rooting for your success.