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!

Intentionally Discriminatory, Again.

by Erin Eriksen, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group “Therefore, this Court holds, again, that SB 14 was passed with a discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2, of the Voting Rights Act”(Ramos, 2017). I was sitting in on … Continue reading

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The Duality of Navigating Political Arenas as a Social Worker

by Katherine Kirages, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Now, over halfway through the legislative session, I have had some time to reflect on the stark difference in conversations that I now have about this internship with family and … Continue reading

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Finding empathy in politics

by Kylie McNaught, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Before we came to the Capitol, we were told, more than once, that we might feel lonely as social work students in a world of political scientists and law students. … Continue reading

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The Perseverance of Policymakers

by Tiffany Teate-Williams, intern in the House Committee on County Affairs As our nation’s administration was in a state of transition, I was revving up for a boxing match and the state legislature was my ring. “Let me at ‘em!” … Continue reading

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Social-working in the Capitol

by Melissa Davila, intern in the office of Representative Jessica Farrar At the beginning of this internship, I had a lot of questions and concerns. I was afraid of the environment I was stepping into, the people I was going … Continue reading

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A Systematically Oppressed Way of Life

by Elsa Mendoza, intern in the office of Senator Sylvia Garcia I thought I understood the definition of systematic oppression well enough to know that I was being affected by it due to my gender or race. Yet, I did … Continue reading

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Navigating a New World

by Fabeain Barkwell, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group As I look back over the time I have spent here in Austin, it seems like it was just yesterday that I was driving down I-35 with a car full … Continue reading

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