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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!

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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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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