FALL 2024 Research & Policy Internship

Offered By: 
Office of State Sen. Royce West
Job Location: 
Job Description: 
The office of State Sen. Royce West is seeking up to 12 Policy, & Research Interns for the Fall 2024 Semester This position must possess strong research and writing skills, and the ability to complete topical memoranda or reports on topics as assigned. PLEASE NOTE: A resume, writing sample, and cover letter are REQUIRED to be attached in Handshake for your application to be considered. This is an in-office position with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week required. While this position is not compensated, we do work with various programs at area universities that allow students to be compensated for their work. An internship in the Office of State Sen. Royce West provides students the opportunity to learn about and participate in the legislative process across all issue spectrums and most legislative process areas. Do work that matters. Policy and research interns in the office of State Senator Royce West have the unique opportunity to perform work that touches the lives of everyday Texans and shapes state government and its institutions in the 21st Century. Whether your interest lies in general government and general law, or specific topic areas such as health and human services, finance, or children's issues, you will have a chance to gain experience and knowledge in topic areas that matter to you. Knowledge that is transferrable. Knowledge you will gain as an intern in the office of State Senator Royce West is useful to you across all disciplines and aspects of your future work. You will gain a hands-on look at how state government relates to other government institutions and agencies, the public, the government relations sector, and more. Interact with policymakers. Our interns aren't stuck at a desk. They work with and attend meetings with staff across state government, giving them the opportunity to be exposed directly to policy and decision makers at various government agencies. This also provides our interns exposure to how agency policy is shaped by legislators during legislative interims. PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Our interns are provided free parking. The Texas Capitol is also easily accessible via CAPMETRO's buses, particularly the 7 and the 1, although multiple routes serve the building. THIS IS A FUN PLACE TO WORK. Please do not apply if you do not wish to be a valuable contributor to a team working hard to change the shape of Texas while having fun. DIVERSITY IS CELEBRATED HERE. Senator West's office celebrates and encourages diversity. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons are welcomed and encouraged to apply for this position. YOU MUST ONBOARD IN MAY. All applicants selected must onboard between May 1 and May 31. On boarding consists of a personal visit to the Texas Capitol for you to secure your capitol identification badge, parking assignments, and other materials. On boarding takes approximately two hours due to the wait time for the badge processing. You must bring your driver license, passport, or government ID to this appointment. You must make an appointment with Sen. West's office to onboard. In other words, you must onboard before you leave campus for the summer in order to start on time in the fall.
Application Instructions: 
Degree Status: 
Current Student
Contact Information: 
Vince Leibowitz Office of State Sen. Royce West 512-463-0123 vince.leibowitz@senate.texas.gov (applications sent to this address and not submitted in handshake will be disregarded)
Type of Internship: 
State Legislature
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Posted By: 
Vince Leibowitz
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024