Every two years, the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work selects graduate students to intern at the Texas Legislature through its Austin Legislative Internship Program. This program, which has been in effect for over 10 years, is one of few opportunities nationally for social work students to participate full-time in the legislative policy-making process.
In Texas, the state legislature meets every two years in the odd year (2015, 2017, 2019…). Graduate social work students who are selected for this competitive internship program move to Austin and work as full-time legislative staff members for the duration of the five-month session. Interns are ultimately placed either as policy analysts with the Texas Legislative Study Group, a caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, or as staffers in individual members’ offices.
Each legislative session, interns will post their thoughts, observations, and experiences as social work students actively engaged in legislative policy practice. In 2017, you will be hearing from the fifteen graduate social work students selected for this internship, our largest-ever intern cohort.
For more information about the Austin Legislative Internship Program, please contact Dr. Suzanne Pritzker, Associate Professor and coordinator of the internship program.