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

Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr.

Spring 2013 Site Review

Position: Legislative Intern
Student: English Senior

Firstly, I believe that it is important for me to mention that this internship provides such a unique experience for young students, like myself, with interests in government, politics, and law and I recommend that anyone with interests in at least one of these three subjects should consider and internship at the Texas State Capital. To begin, as a staff member of a Texas State Representative and an employee of the Texas State Capita,l you are granted many responsibilities as well as a plentiful amount of duties that you must fulfill and through these responsibilities and duties you learn so much about legislative process as well as specific issues like transportation, abortion, etc. As a legislative intern your duties are dictated to you by the Chief of Staff of whoever you work for, whether it be a Senator, a Representative, or even the Governor. It is important that you become accustomed to the work ethic and personality of your Chief of Staff because that will be a very good identifier as to how exactly you should go about completing your assignments. Every office has a different environment that takes getting used to and it's your job to adapt. You must always be ready to answer the phones from the minute you walk into your office, as well as be prepared for visitors who come to either give information or ask about information. This is where good communication skills come into play. You must also know how to use the computer and office machinery because you are mainly going to be doing your work with them. The assignments can vary, writing memos, giving tours of the Capital, doing research on a Bill that has already passed or for a bill that your representative wants to pass, attending meetings over specific subject matter like education, etc. It is important that you realize that your job is to aid the office and that your duties are vast. There is no particular order to your day. You should work on a completion schedule. You must learn to be efficient with your time and complete the tasks as your supervisor assigns them to you unless otherwise advised.

Spring 2013 Site Review

Position: Legislative Intern
Student: Government Senior

Interning for Representative Muñoz Jr. at the Texas House of Representatives has been a life changing experience. Throughout the internship I have developed better communication and interpersonal skills among many others. My education and appreciation of the Texas legislature has grown exponentially. I have come to admire all lawmakers no matter what side of the political spectrum they identify with.  Coming into the office every morning presented itself with various tasks and required strict discipline. Although working in a bureaucracy can be stressful, it was well worth the time spent.

My position is legislative aide and my responsibilities consisted of: keeping the representative out of trouble, making sure he was always prepared, and keeping him updated on legislation. The first assignment of each day was getting the mail and checking my capitol email to see what was happening that day.  Typically the Chief of Staff will give out assignment on a case by case basis. Assignments can vary from typing out constituents letters and mailing them to attending a committee meeting. Every meeting you attend requires a memo; this is the standard for the office. During my internship I have created a newsletter every week for media outlets, delivered boxes of grapefruit to every office in the capitol, filed legal documents such as bills, resolutions, and amendments daily. Keeping up with legislation was a daily responsibility and I would update over a hundred bills along with make bill analysis for the representative.

In most cases the work was done within the office but on occasion required us to attend events outside of our internship. Work done outside of the internship consisted of attending receptions and hand delivering or retrieving messages. This aspect was very sociable and developed specifically my interpersonal skills. In short working in a bureaucracy is a stressful environment and receptions allow for representatives and in general offices to unwind in a nonpolitical environment.

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