Texas Office of the Governor - Rick Perry
Spring 2014 Site Review
Position: Texas Governor’s Fellowship Intern, Division of Economics Expansion
Student: Economics Senior
An internship with the Office of the Governor Division of Economic Expansion and Recruitment is filled with really nice people who make you feel comfortable to ask question and have a relaxed work environment. When you first come into the office you are greeted by everyone you walk past and are given some time to settle into your office space. Your supervisor may have a stack of new projects that will need to be put into the computer and a hard copy file created. Foreign and domestic companies that wish to relocate to Texas or are just thinking about it and trying to see what their options are contact this division. It is the office’s responsibility to help these companies find out what incentives the state and local governments can offer them to make coming to Texas more incentivized. Some companies have multiple states that they are looking into so this money helps Texas more competitive.
As an intern we are on the front lines when these companies contact us; as mentioned before you will create files for these new projects and sometimes talk with the companies and local governments where they will be locating. Your co-workers understand that you don’t know everything about the incentives offered so they won’t place you into any position that is too serious but they will also help push you to learn more while you are there. Along with these primary daily tasks, you will also have other jobs such as updating contact information and gathering company information for the recruitment team who must go on road shows and help recruit companies to come to Texas. Overall it was a nice relaxing place to work and get used to an office setting.
Spring 2014 Site Review
Position: Texas Governor’s Fellowship Intern, Criminal Justice Division
Student: Sociology Junior
The Criminal Justice Division (CJD) promotes strategies that improve and support criminal justice efforts across Texas by directing funding to first responders and service providers through the administration of grants from a variety of state and federal sources. Resources are dedicated towards programs that protect people from crime, reduce the number of crimes committed, respond to the needs of crime victims and promote accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness within the criminal justice system. That being said, your efforts in this position as an intern will be to help the division to more smoothly be able to continue providing services to the citizens of Texas.
As an intern for the CJD Division you will take on the role of an administrative assistant. You will deal with phones, mail, scheduling, calendars and specified projects as they arise. You will work 20 hours a week, the days and hours you work are dependent on you. A typical day in CJD is about 4-5 hours if you work everyday. If you work every other day you will have an 8-hour day. Typically you will check in with your supervisor upon arrival, turn on your desktop, check emails, check division’s schedule (to see who will be in or out of the office), and work on your specific tasks. The Executive Assistant will be the one to assign you to a project.
This past semester I worked with Crime Stopper Interns and a Juvenile Justice Intern. Each of the intern’s responsibility was to help organize the documentation of the programs. They did so through scanning, uploading, saving, and compiling into the right documentation into folders-paper and electronic. In the upcoming semester interns will focus on the tasks that were not completed and also work on putting together the Star of Texas Award Ceremony along with an Ethics Presentation for the CJD Division Director
Spring 2009 Site Review
A typical day for me participating in the Texas Governor’s Fellowship Program might very well be different from any other student participating in the same program. Even though there are over thirty fellows, we are all dispersed among the different divisions of the Office of the Governor Rick Perry. I for example, work in the Economic Development and Tourism Division and more specifically, with the Domestic Expansion and Recruitment Team.
My schedule was broken down into four-hour shifts, five days a week, for a total of twenty hours. This is the amount of hours mandated by the program. I would start the shift usually by checking my email at work, checking for any assignments or projects from my co-workers. Often times, I will have emails forwarded to me by them; the information in these emails often times have to be documented to input into the project database. I would read these emails and summarize the information, and then input into the database.
Another task that I got into the routine of doing was helping assemble promotional material for upcoming presentations. This material could be anything from shirts with company logos, to preparing packets of pertinent information to consultants, to packaging items for upcoming trips.
Making phone calls and sending emails to various people around the state is something that I found myself doing a lot – this helped refine my communication skills. I would contact these various people with the goal of learning more information about a particular project, or to request updates from previous projects. Finally, like most interns, I also had the duties of making copies and organizing or filing office supplies and office documents.
The bulk of my internship activities revolved around helping in the various steps that are necessary when the state of Texas offers incentives to companies to expand here in our very own state.