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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Texas House of Represenatives, Rep. Armando Martinez

Fall 2014 Site Review

Position: Intern
Student: Government Junior

I interned in the office of State Representative Armando Martinez. There was no typical day while working there. There was something new to do about every week. I would go to the office and work on what I was working on the previous day until it was finished. Working this internship, I was required to be given an ID that gave me access to the Capitol. It was a great feeling of responsibility getting to through the security door instead of the metal door.

when I got to the office I would always ask my supervisor if there was anything he specifically wanted me to work on that day. This could range from researching potential legislation to putting in business cards to our system. I would greet people as they walked in and answer the phone. There were a variety of tasks to be done and I would do as I was asked.

Part of the internship was learning about the various aspects of governing at the state level and how they worked together. I would ask questions and they were welcomed whenever. By asking questions you can gain more from the internship that just experience. I would be able to both earn real world experience and gain the knowledge of asking questions from someone with first hand experience. Having this experience is great for anyone that wants to go into politics.

Fall 2012 Site Review

Position: Legislative Intern
Student: Economics Senior

I interned at the Texas Capitol with the office of Representative Armando Martinez during the Summer and Fall of 2012. My internship at the Capitol was a result of my journey of career exploration. As a student of Economics and International Relations, I wanted to get a better feel for the legislative process and the overall political environment in Texas. I interned three times a week for a total of ten and a half hours. Like most other internships at the Capitol, this one was unpaid, which is a little disappointing for most college students, but ended up working in favor for me because it resulted in a more flexible schedule.

My responsibilities included helping my chief of staff with constituent work, conducting policy research and drafting legislation for the upcoming 83rd legislative session, attending briefings, luncheons, and hearings and writing reports for my supervisor, answering phone calls, checking the mail, and greeting visitors at the office. One of the most exciting things about my internship was that  I had the possibility to network and meet many individuals from the capitol and lobbyists. Being a fluent Spanish speaker, I was able to do some translation work, which was exciting for me.

The skills I learned and practiced at my internship were of tremendous value to me. I would say that I came out of my internship with not only a better understanding of how the legislative process works and what a day in the life of a legislative employee looks like, but also having grown as a professional and as an individual. I learned about public policy and practiced hard skills such as research and writing, but also had an opportunity to develop soft skills such as time management, networking, and professionalism.

The individuals I worked with, including my Chief of Staff, were wonderful. One of the things to keep in mind when seeking an internship at the Texas Capitol is that not all offices are the same. My best advice would be to take the interview process as an opportunity to showcase yourself, but also as an opportunity to meet staffers at the office and get a general feel of what working at a particular office is like. 

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