Health and Social Policy Internship/Service Learning Course (TC 330)
Plan II students who will be juniors or advanced sophomores next year and who are interested in medicine, public health, law and government are invited to apply for structured internships in the offices of leading Senators in the Texas Legislature. This six-unit, two semester TC 330 course is led by Professor Alfred McAlister at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. It includes seminars and training sessions in the first semester, placement in a Senate office with assignment to selected policy issues, writing assignments and student presentations.
Time commitments are for ten to fifteen hours per week of seminar time and internship work in the Fall and Spring. These unpaid positions provide a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to legislative deliberation of policy issues. These may include health care funding, public health and preventive medicine, environmental protection, labor safety, international trade and commerce, criminal law, victim services and many other diverse topics.
This experience can provide a distinct competitive advantage for applicants to post-graduate programs in medicine, law and related professions. Students who excelled in their Senate work have gone on to medical school at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, Yale Law School and other fine professional schools.
To apply, please provide your name, EID, contact information, expected graduation date, list any second majors/concentrations/certificates you are pursuing in addition to Plan II (if applicable), plans for postgraduate education, career goals, GPA, résumé, and a brief statement of interests and qualifications. Deadline for 2014-2015 applications TBA.
A maximum of fifteen students will be selected for this course each year; all available slots are filled for the 2013-2014 academic year. Please check back here during the spring 2014 semester and keep an eye on Plan II News for information about applying to the program for the 2014-2015 academic year.