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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!

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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A Social Worker’s Survival Guide to Budget Week at the Texas Legislature

Editor’s Note: This post and the post below both focus on interns’ experiences during “Budget Week,” the intense period of time during which the Texas House of Representatives debated and voted on their version of the state’s biennial (two-year) budget and the … Continue reading

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Learning to Speak Another Language

Editor’s Note: This post and the post above both focus on interns’ experiences during “Budget Week,” the intense period of time during which the Texas House of Representatives debated and voted on their version of the state’s biennial (two-year) budget and … Continue reading

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