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Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson
Martin is an undergraduate at the University of Albany majoring in Political Science. He expects to graduate in May 2014.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
I found out about CTG when I attended a Community Service Fair held at UAlbany’s main campus. Upon researching the organization further I found many of the activities and projects that CTG participates in such as, utilizing technology to improve government efficiency, mirrored the type of career I wanted after completing my education.

I saw CTG as a place where I would have the opportunities to gain practical experience and learn about the operation and practices of effective 21st Century government agencies and other public organizations.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
During the 2013 fall semester, I was accepted into an internship program at the New York Business Development Corporation (NYDBC) where I assisted with the organization of financial and legal records of small business owners across the state. Prior to this, during my time at Hudson Valley Community College, I served as the editor-in-chief of their student newspaper, The Hudsonian. While at the newspaper, I pioneered the use of social media to attract new readers and to make it more accessible for an increasingly tech-savvy student body.

What are your plans/goals for the future?
After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on pursing a Masters in Public Administration degree with concentrations in Local Government Management and Urban Planning and Policy. I hope to work at a public or private organization that advocates for and addresses issues regarding urban transit.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
CTG will provide me with a framework for understanding how governments can effectively use technology in crafting policies that address the needs of the public. This understanding will be crucial in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and for knowing how governments can meet the challenges that await us in the 21st Century.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?
I like to construct model airplanes and to collect foreign and rare coins. In addition, I host a news/talk program on UAlbany’s student-run radio station WCDB called The Weekly Current on Sunday mornings.

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