Author Archives: GCSW Legislative Interns

About GCSW Legislative Interns

This blog is brought to you courtesy of The Graduate College of Social Work's Austin Legislative Internship Program. The College selects graduate MSW students to intern at the Texas Legislature during its legislative session every two years. Student interns work as full-time staffers in the Legislature, either as policy analysts with the Legislative Study Group, a Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, or in legislators’ offices. Here, they will share their unique experiences!

Empowered and Relieved

by Arielle Day, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Empowered and relieved are the primary emotions I am experiencing as Sine Die, the last day of session, approaches. My classmates and I embarked upon this journey knowing that we … Continue reading

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Matters of Personal Privilege

by Joel Kissell, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group The first major hurdle towards the end of the Texas legislative session is over. At midnight, on Thursday, May 11th, any bill originating in the House of Representatives was effectively … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She persisted.

by Elsa Mendoza, intern in the office of Senator Sylvia Garcia Before I started this journey, my biggest concern was that I would be placed in an office that had dissimilar ideologies than my own. I was convinced I would … Continue reading

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Senate Bill 4- Impact, Implications, and Emotions

By Andrea Elizondo, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group, and Chenelle Hammonds, intern in the University of Houston Office of Governmental Relations On May 7, 2017 Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially signed into law SB 4, authored by Republican … Continue reading

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My Thoughts and Ramblings After a Courageous and Radical Testimony

by Serena Ahmed, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group For the past two months, at least half of my work week as a policy analyst for the Legislative Study Group has been spent in committee hearings. I typically sit … Continue reading

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There is Hope in This House

by Tyler Anderson, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group We’re four months into this legislative session and if there’s one thing I can say about the Texas House of Representatives, it’s that, oftentimes, hope can seem scarce. It seems … Continue reading

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Breaking New Ground

by Fabeain Barkwell, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Being at the Texas Capitol has been an eye-opening experience for me in more ways than one. I didn’t fully anticipate how instrumental the impact of participating in this internship … Continue reading

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