Legislative and Policymaking Internship

Offered By: 
Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Office
Job Location: 
Austin
Salary: 
Unpaid
Job Description: 
The Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Office is seeking one or more qualified interns for the Spring Semester, 2018. The Intergovernmental Relations Office represents the Commissioners Court’s interests with other governmental entities, including the U.S. Congress, the Texas Legislature, other counties, and municipalities and school districts within the county. During the spring of 2018, the Office’s primary focus will be preparation of the County’s legislative agenda for the Regular Session of the 86th Texas Legislature, which begins on January 8, 2019. The legislative agenda is a working document of the County’s priorities during the session, and reflects input from some 30 County departments and divisions as well as over 40 elected officials. Legislative ideas are received and vetted by the IGR staff, working with subject matter experts in the County. IGR’s participation includes reviewing past legislative efforts regarding the subject matter and working with legislative offices to get relevant bills drafted and filed. This involves working closely with the Commissioners Court, key County staffers, and Travis County legislative delegation members and their staffs. Interns will be involved in all these activities. Hours are flexible, with the goal of maximizing both the intern’s learning experience and his or her value to the overall IGR effort. IGR’s preference is for the intern to commit a minimum of 12 hours a week, on a regular schedule, to the internship experience.
Application Instructions: 
To apply, send a letter of interest, a résumé, and a brief writing sample to IGR@traviscountytx.gov. Applications are due by Friday, December 8, 2017.
Contact Information: 
Deece.Eckstein@traviscountytx.gov Intergovernmental Relations Officer (512) 854-9754 Julie.Wheeler@traviscountytx.gov Intergovernmental Specialist (512) 854-4774
Type of Internship: 
Municipal
Comments: 
Interns will work in the IGR offices in Suite 360 of the 700 Lavaca Building in downtown Austin, the county’s administrative headquarters. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and parking. Transit service between the campus and the County offices is frequent and convenient. The internship experience will begin in the week of January 15, 2018, and conclude at the end of April.
Posted By: 
Deece Eckstein, Intergovernmental Relations Officer
Expiration Date: 
Monday, January 8, 2018