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 2013 Site Review
Position: Texas Governor’s Fellowship Intern- Committee for People with Disabilities
Student: History Junior
I am assuming right now that the person reading this is currently looking at various internship opportunities. I think that a little background information about myself is first necessary to help you understand if this internship is actually right for you. I am a third year history major with a minor in government. Every summer up until this one, I have worked at camps as a camp counselor and a lifeguard. This summer, I decided that it was time for a you can say, “real world job,” and decided to look into an internship that met my future career interests. I want to be a lawyer and I thought that working for the Office of the Governor would be a great stepping stool to learn about the law. So, first things first, if you are looking for a job that will boost your resume and further your opportunities, look no further. If, however, you do not necessarily care about the prestige and would rather gain a more hands on internship, then I would encourage you to apply somewhere else.
When you first apply to this position, you have to choose which office you would like to work with. I requested to work with the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, because I have worked with people with disabilities before and I am interested in helping their cause. There are about 8 different offices to choose from and the topics of the office vary greatly. If you are admitted into the program, they will allow you to pick if you would rather work the morning or the afternoon shift. I don’t know how it is for all offices, but my office was extremely flexible with me about the days I worked and how many hours I worked per week.
When I come in the office, I generally read e-mails and respond to messages that were left for me from the morning. I will then generally then talk to my co-workers and will ask them what they need me to do. Some days, they will have me compile charts and work on various small projects that might require an intern’s help. Most days, I work on a project that they assigned to me at the beginning of the summer. I am currently compiling a list of all of the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinators for each county, state agency, and city. This has entailed calling every county, state agency, and city in Texas and getting the contact information of the officials that work for the county. This work is not particularly meaningful to me, but I know it will be helpful and useful down the road.
This internship provides a great opportunity if you want to work in government or go on to law school or a school for public affairs. You will be able to gain some necessary knowledge of how Texas politics work. I strongly urge you to consider all of your options, but I believe that you will greatly enjoy your experience working at the Office of the Governor.
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.