This blog is brought to you courtesy of the University of Houston 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 Texas Legislative Study Group, a caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, or in legislators’ offices.
Here, legislative interns share their unique experiences!
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by Arielle Day, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group A close relative of mine accused me of losing my way, being brainwashed, joining the wrong team, and fighting the wrong fight. Obviously, I take every opportunity to utilize my … Continue reading →
by Suzanne Pritzker, Associate Professor and coordinator of the Austin Legislative Internship Program Today, the Texas Legislature kicks off its 85th Regular Session, and a new group of 15 University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work students has moved … Continue reading →
by Rob Block And all of a sudden, it ends. After 140 days the Texas Legislature concludes. While it is possible for the Governor to call for a special session, which would bring people back to address any urgent unaddressed … Continue reading →
by Marisela Gomez As the session has progressed I’ve learned that like me when I began this internship, many individuals lack a common understanding of the legislative process and how to effectively advocate for their issue or cause. So I’ve … Continue reading →
by Paige Reitz It seems like every week, there’s something new. Last week, for instance, those of us in the LSG were ready for our first Saturday at work while the House met on the floor. They had a schedule … Continue reading →
by Cathryn Taub Note: This blog entry was completed just prior to the House’s discussion and votes on these amendments on March 31, 2015. So the budget has begun. The moment we have all been waiting for. Previous alumni have … Continue reading →
by Paige Reitz Updated March 30, 2015 to add more information about the current status of these bills and the next legislative steps. The theme in the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety this session is guns (the theme … Continue reading →