Texas House of Represenatives, Rep. Armando Martinez
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.