This past week I decided to do something that I had not expected. I resigned from my press intern position at Senator Judith Zaffirini’s (Z) office. I had been interning there since July and appreciated the experience. My journey to being a press intern was an interesting one.
This past June I studied abroad in Accra, Ghana, and before I left I wanted to find an internship to work once I arrived back in America. I saw a posting on my college’s career services and applied. Fast-forward a month and the position was still unfilled once I arrived back from Accra. I interviewed and was offered the position.
Being a political communications major, a press intern is the equivalent of a pre-med major interning at a hospital; it’s the most desired position! Learning the interworking of the Texas state capitol was something that I would find to be very difficult. Seniority is taken very seriously, and as an intern you are certainty at the bottom of ladder.
Nonetheless, I soaked up knowledge, which included drafting speeches, letters and advisories. This means I did real work that Z edited and approved. It is rare for an intern to do “real” work so I knew I was in a special place.
What I learned very quickly is that politics is all about power. Z, being a senior member of the senate, had a lot of power, and it was seen on a daily basis. This is when I knew I wanted to be apart of the power system. That of course is the only way to change the status quo.
So from time to time I will revisit my Z files and provide specific examples at how politics is nothing more than reality TV.