Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Harvey Hilderbran
Summer 2012 Site Review
Position: Legislative Intern
Student: Sociology Junior
Working in the representative’s office brings all kinds of variety to my work experience. Everyday has the potential to be different from the last, and there wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to it. But if I had to sum up the average day into writing, it would start out by getting to work around 12:30. I always check my emails first thing when I arrive, then most days I walk to underground extension to check our mailbox. Once back in the office, I ask both Debbie and Isaac if there is anything that I need to start working on, or if there is anything I could do for them. Most of the time there will be some type of phone call to make, constituent emails or letters to respond to or research, or sometimes some other office work like data entry, filing, and doing legislative clippings. While in the office I always answer the telephone. Some days there will be enough to do that it will take up the majority of my afternoon, but on days that are really slow, I always read the Texas Tribune, The Austin Statesmen, or The Drudge Report. When I get my fill of the daily news, I normally do some research on whatever issue I am looking into at the time.