U.S. Senate, Sen. John Cornyn
Fall 2009 Site ReviewPostion: Service Academy Nomination Intern
Student: Plan II Junior (Austin)
The fall undergraduate internship at Senator John Cornyn’s Austin office is an internship in the federal government sector. The fall intern is mainly concerned with the U.S. Service Academy Nominations Process. The internship is a positive experience and provides and interesting opportunity to get a “behind-the-scenes” view of governmental operations. The internship requires basic knowledge of current events, self-motivation and attention to detail.
Outside of the Academy Nominations Process, interns assist with constituents. This involves answering constituent’s calls which may come in the form of questions or comments for Senator Cornyn. When an intern receives a comment for the Senator, the intern enters the data into a system called InterTrac. Interns should stay up-to-date with current events in order to understand the nature of each call. Interns are also responsible for opening and filing all mail and faxes.
Senator Cornyn nominates Texas students to attend U.S. Service Academies (i.e. Air Force Academy). Interns work with and take direction from the Academy Coordinator. Students send in application packets which contain essays, test scores, recommendations, etc. in a process that is similar to college admissions. Interns enter all data in InterTrac and then file the paper documents in the office. Interns send thank-you letters to constituents who write recommendations. Also, interns are responsible for informing students as to the status of their packets through mail. When the application deadline passes, interns assist with preparations for the Academy Board meeting, an event at which a board Academy graduates assist the Senator in nominating students. Interns are expected to attend the day-long meeting to prepare and organize all materials, enter data, and answer any questions in regards to the protocol of the selection process.