Summer Capitol and District Office Legislative Internship

Offered By: 
Senator Kirk Watson
Job Location: 
Job Description: 
Job Description Senator Kirk Watson is seeking highly motivated and responsible individuals with a strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality and professionalism to assist with operations in his Capitol and district offices. Candidates must possess strong organizational skills. Interns will support legislative and district staff by researching issues and policies, writing policy memos and constituent letters, and performing general office duties. Positions are unpaid, part-time, and hours are negotiable. The internship dates are for the summer of 2019, from June 3th, 2019 through August 23th, 2019. There will be a mandatory training for four hours on Friday, May 31st, 2019. Interns are expected to commit to 15-20 hours per week, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interns will set a regular schedule of hours in that time frame in blocks of at least three hour increments. Both offices are located in the Capitol Complex in downtown Austin. Start and end date are flexible. We will work with your college or university to earn course credit for your internship, if applicable. Duties • Drafting templates for constituent letters on assigned topics or bills; • Drafting fact sheets and background memos on a range of policy issues and legislation; • Meeting with constituents and advocacy groups on assigned topic areas; • Attending meetings on assigned topic areas and developing briefing memos, as appropriate; • Answering phones; • Creating and maintaining files; • Updating constituent database; • Researching background for resolutions and coordinate submission to Legislative Council in conjunction with Constituent Services staff; • Managing constituent correspondence (email, phone calls, and letters); • Reviewing media clips for constituent recognition opportunities; • Working on special constituent projects; and • Conducting other office duties, as assigned. Qualifications • Be enrolled in college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student, or have recently graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree; • Strong commitment to confidentiality and professionalism; • Strong work ethic and attention to detail; • Strong written and verbal communication skills; • Strong organizational skills; and • Interest in the legislative process.
Application Instructions: 
Please send a current resume and brief cover letter to Gladys Acosta at Please use the subject "2019 Summer Internship Application". Please save your resume and cover letter as a PDF with your name in the file name (ex: Gladys_Acosta.resume). Also fill out this form: before the application deadline. Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview. If you have any questions, please contact Gladys Acosta at 512-463-0114. Deadline We will accept applications until Friday April 26th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. CST.
Contact Information: 
Gladys Acosta Texas State Senator Kirk Watson-District 14 E1.804 (512)463-0114
Type of Internship: 
State Legislature
Posted By: 
Gladys Acosta
Expiration Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019