Texans Care for Children
Spring 2011 Site ReviewPosition: Public Policy Intern
Student: Government Junior
For anyone interested in public policy, social policy, or children’s rights, an internship at Texans Care for Children is the perfect opportunity. Texans Care for Children is a non-profit advocacy group located in downtown Austin that acts as the voice of Texas children in the Texas Legislature.
The Texans Care for Children office is divided into two segments: a policy team and a communications team. There is an Executive Director that oversees both, and individual policy and communication directors that oversee the respective teams. The communications team is responsible for increasing donor contributions, maintain the website and technological advocacy routes, and ensuring communication between Texans Care for Children and its partner organizations and the state legislators. The policy team is responsible for tracking legislative priorities, advocating at the Capitol, and organizing and facilitating coalition meetings.
At Texans Care for Children, there are six issue areas that the office staff focus on: 1) Child Welfare, 2) Juvenile Justice, 3) Mental Health, 4) Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), 5) Poverty & Family Economic Security, 6) Infant and Maternal Health. As an intern, it is possible to focus on all of the issue areas, or to choose a specific one (or two) to specialize in.
An internship at Texans Care for Children involves very flexible hours, typically ranging between ten and twenty a week. It is very easy to work around class schedules and to rearrange hours as needed for special circumstances. As for duties, interns are invited to attend all coalition meetings and staff meetings. Typical duties include researching specific policies, contacting partner organizations, communication with the legislature, advocated at the Capitol, and compiling monthly digests of reports and resources in the six issue areas.
Texans Care for Children is an excellent internship site as the staff strives to include its interns in the operations of the organization, and to include them as a member of the office team in all aspects of the office environment.