Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Linda Harper-Brown
Spring 2009 Site ReviewStudent: Government Junior
Position: Legislative Aide
Working for the Office of State Representative Linda Harper-Brown entails a great deal of variety on a day-to-day basis. On a typical day, an intern would be expected to pick up the mail, sort it, and organize it for other staff members. Then, one could expect to spend at least two hours working on responding to constituent letters. While there are some restraints on this task, there is also a large amount of freedom for the writing process. Finally, interns are required to review the local daily newspaper and highlight articles of interest to the Representative. After these daily tasks are accomplished, one can expect to do anything from filing a bill in the clerk’s office, or answering phone calls, to editing the district newsletter, and writing a bill analysis with other staffers for the Representative.
I can confidently say that the work given to interns in the Office of Linda Harper-Brown is far from mundane. On occasion, interns are also invited to lobbyist events and dinners at the Capitol. At these events, there are some required duties such as: meeting and greeting constituents of the Representative, cleaning up after the event is over, and escorting the Representative to any location necessary. Supervisors and other staffers make a conscious effort to see that interns are given significant and meaningful work alongside their daily tasks and duties.
State Representative Linda Harper-Brown never forgets a face or a birthday. Interns working for the Representative can expect a great deal of satisfaction from Linda Harper-Brown’s generosity. Furthermore, fellow staff members are not only friendly but incredibly encouraging and understanding.