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Lower Colorado River Authority

Fall 2013 Site Review

Position: Natural Resources Intern II
Student: Economics, Junior

Starting in July of 2012, I became a Natural Resources Intern II at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and it has been one of the best experiences of my life thus far. It is not your typical internship, and I would compare it more to a real job. Although like many interns I do a variety of things, they are much more serious than just making copies or getting coffee for the boss. In fact, I have never once had to do a ‘petty task’ such as pick up lunch. I am a member of the Real Estate Services team that helps acquire easements for Transmission lines to distribute electricity across much of Central and South East Texas. We are a unique real estate group because we do not buy and sell land; rather we obtain legal permission from landowners to construct, maintain, rebuild, remove, access etc., electrical towers and circuits. Much of my job deals with calling or writing to landowners in order to notify them when we will be coming on to their property and what type of work they should expect to see getting done. I often gather different pieces of information such as landowner contacts, easement rights, maps, environmental reports and special conditions that I compile into ‘map books.’ I then deliver these map books to field and survey crews to use as the travel and work along the transmission line. Before we ever put a line anywhere, we must first initiate contact with landowners and begin the process of acquiring the easement. Sometimes this process is fairly quick, and when they accept our offer, I put together a payment request form. This involves sending them the offer letter, legal document to sign, W-9 form, and Tax Certification among other things. When they return those items I will put together another packet that goes onto Accounts Payable, and I take the easement and record it in the appropriate county court house. I also do other work in county court houses such as searching and finding legal documents such as titles, warranty deeds, or previous easements. This is always an interesting experience because each County Appraisal District is set up differently, but the process for searching for files by Volume and Page is fairly standard. These are only a few of the things that I do on a regular basis.

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    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508