April 17, 2013 James Revillini

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Tunxis Community College students Samantha Hall of Berlin, and Dalysha Vega of New Britain, are among those who have been selected to serve as interns at the Connecticut General Assembly during spring semester 2013.

As part of the Legislative Internship Program, Hall has been assigned to State Rep. Sandy Nafis (D-27), deputy majority leader. Vega is working for Rep. Minnie Gonzalez (D-3), majority whip at large. During the program, the interns attend hearings and seminars and conduct research, among other duties. In the process they study the roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government, and witness the interactions of political parties, interest groups and the bureaucracy.

These activities are in conjunction with a Tunxis independent study program overseen by Rafaele Fierro, Ph.D., associate professor of history. Tunxis students have participated in the Legislative Internship Program since its inception in 1970.

From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.