At the beginning of the last four legislative sessions in Texas, the Texas Politics Project and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life have partnered to present a day of non-partisan training sessions for interns and new staff members working in and around the Texas Legislature. From professional office behavior to the ins and outs of the legislative process, interns have had the opportunity to hear from professionals from many different walks of Capitol life. The seminar is designed to help prepare students to make productive contributions as legislative interns, as well as to introduce them to ethical and practical guidelines for working in the legislative process.
Due to the coronavirus, this year, the TLIS will be virtual, with a series of afternoon conversations the week of February 8th, including conversations with:
- Karina Davis, Parliamentarian,Texas Senate
- Sharon Carter and Hugh Brady, Parliamentarians, Texas House
- Lisa Craven, Deputy Comptroller/Chief Clerk & Chief of Staff, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
- Kathy Grant, President, The Kathy Grant Group
- Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor, The Texas Tribune
The Texas Legislative Internship Seminar is open to students and new staff members working in any capitol office, and attending any university. Please register here to receive log-in information for the events.
Professional practitioners recruited from the Capitol community have led all the sessions. Programs from previous sessions have included coverage of topics such as:
- Professional protocols
- Practical guidelines for working in Capitol offices
- Ethical guidelines
- An insiders' view of the legislative process
- Understanding interactions with the news media