Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Public Interest Research Group

Spring 2015 Site Review

Position: Intern
Student: Government Senior

I interned at Texas Public Interest Research Group, a grassroots organization that handles several different issues pertaining to the public’s interest. Such issues include: money in politics, transportation, and clean waterways. I worked on getting big money out of politics and received one-on-one supervision from State Director Sarah Smith. I highly valued her insight about money in politics and learned a lot hearing her speak in front of Austin city council members. As a liberal art student I think finding a good internship is imperative, for me I wanted a more relaxed work environment that valued hard work. Safe to say I was fortunate to find what I was looking for here at this internship.

A day in the life typically consists of taking the Metro bus downtown and getting off around W. 8th street. From there, head east until you reach a tall building close to the UPS store. When I am in the office I usually talk with Sarah and find out what my assignments are for today and then go from there. On some days I will be calling people all day, from Texas state senators to various organizations my goal is to spread the word of GBTP (Government By the People) act and seek support.

I also am in charge of setting up meetings between my supervisor and elected officials, and then we go to their office and discuss the problems money can cause in politics. I recommend this internship site to all those students who seek to get their political feet wet without the fear of doing bad in school by having too much work to handle. I also really liked location of the office; it has a nice view of the capitol and even inspired me several times during my time there.

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