Rick Saxe '16
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
I began my own group of (what is now) six people who work with AIPAC to focus on the political side of pro-Israel activism. We recently met with a top staff member in Congressman Reed’s office, and we’re forming relationships with other politicians within the Ithaca, NY area to discuss relevant policy. Hopefully, we can continue to build on that.
National Hockey League
On campus, I broadcast basketball games and have a sports radio show. Off campus, I‘ve had two internships in the sports industry. One was with the National Hockey League and one with the National Football League.
For the NHL, I came up with the idea for an hour-long special on one of the best player drafts the league had ever had. After pitching it numerous times to executive producers of the NHL Network, I was put in charge of producing the show and overseeing concept development. We were able to finish production by the end of my internship—the show aired this past June, just before and immediately after the NHL draft. That was really exciting.
National Football League
For the NFL, I worked in New York City when the Super Bowl came to New York. The league rented out about 20 blocks on Broadway to create football-themed stations and get everyone excited about the big game. I was in charge of two blocks—36th and 37th streets. I had 24 employees and oversaw the kids “Play 60” area.
I also was in charge of registering the millions of people who walked by and wanted to participate in the fun. It was a great experience because I met a bunch of football players, but I also got to deal with the masses of people—a lot of them angry when the tablets we were given to register them broke down. So, I had to think of a new way to register everyone.
New York Center for Law and Justice
The New York Center for Law and Justice does really incredible work for indigent deaf people. Very poor, deaf men and women come to the center when they feel that they have experienced discrimination due to their disability, or otherwise require legal services. My main role, along with that of two other Cornell students, was to support the staff attorneys as they represented deaf clients. Some clients were immigrants who could neither speak or read English nor understand even American Sign Language.
In one matter, in particular, we helped staff attorneys who were advising a client who could not understand a basic bank statement. The experience was very interesting and it was fulfilling to help a poor and disabled community secure access to justice.