Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

College Forward

Spring 2018

Position: Policy Intern 
Student: Government Senior 
My responsibilities at College Forward included many other duties besides policy
research. One of the most recurring activities we took part in was webinars organized by the
National College Access Network. These range from topics such as Financial Aid, to Advocacy
101 and the latest one “The Role of Loans”. After these seminars, I was then responsible for
creating a small summary in order for our CEO to read. I often represent College Forward in
conference calls when our CEO could not be present. I have never had a job or internship where
I reported directly to the CEO, who responsible for running an organization who helped over
8,000 students. This led to the creation an interesting schedule for me throughout the semester. I could spread my hours evenly throughout every day of the week, or do 4 or 5 hours per day. There’s additional weekend research that I completed just to get ahead.

At College Forward, I am also responsible for tracking the current debate regarding the
PROSPER Act, which reauthorizes the Higher Education Act (HEA). This is a massive higher
education bill that overhauls our higher education system, which will have negative
consequences for our students if it passes in its current form. I am also responsible for reaching
out to legislative offices either in DC or at the Texas Legislature. When we attended training in
D.C., I was responsible for scheduling those appointments. Unfortunately, it snowed the day of
our Hill Day and a few were cancelled. When the Texas Legislature starts, I will be responsible
for reaching out to those offices to discuss higher education policy. Ideally, we will be reaching
out to them many months before the start of the legislature, which will allow us to shape what
goes on the debate agenda. However, at this point I am only doing research on major legislation
that was passed last session. I am also reviewing the vast volume of documents we used as
resources last session. Those documents range from legislative proposals we advocated for,
contact information for various offices, a rating system for bills and committee agendas.
Needless to say, I was in charge of all the policy at College Forward. This is a big learning curve,
but I am adapting and will succeed at bringing forward policy that will help College Forward
students and others throughout the state.

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