Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Spring 2018

Position: Health and Human Services Intern
Student: Government Senior

 I interned with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in their Human Resources department. I did not have a typical day experience; I was always working on new projects or updating information from previous projects. I really enjoyed this internship and the one on one relationship I had with my supervisor. She was able to take time out of her busy day to give me career advice, and teach me about the Health and Human Services Commission. I was allowed to work on many important tasks such as the health fair that takes place every year. It is a fair for the Health and Human Services Commission employees to attend and receive information about benefits that are offered through their work and other health and wellness information. I was in charge of contacting different vendors to attend the fair and bring information about their services as well as some samples or brochures. I also helped write the guidelines for a contest between state employees, called the biggest loser weight loss challenge. I was invited to attend a health care summit at the LBJ School of public affairs and typed up notes for my supervisor. I also scanned documents, made copies, and mailed off important documents. Throughout the months at my internship I was helping my supervisor track other volunteer and interns working hours. I put together intern packets for the summer intern program, these packets had all the human resources paperwork that was needed of the new interns. Over all I learned so much from this internship about communication and workload management.

Spring 2015 

Position: Emergency Services and Repatriation Intern
Student: International Relations and Global Studies Junior

My internship at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission this semester has been great. I have learned so much about government relations and public health. My supervisor has allowed me build my relationship skills and my discipline by letting me work in groups and alone on several tasks. I worked at the Tuscany Way location which is in northeast Austin. It was kind of out of the way but I liked the quiet area my office was in. I had my own cubicle and there was about 5 state employees and 3 other interns working with me.

My role as an emergency services and repatriation intern allowed me to sit it on after action infectious disease meetings. I had the opportunity to attend an Ebola meeting and got to talk to people from D.C. as well as other parts of the US which I thought was pretty cool. As interns we also got sent to the Capital during open session and got to hear whatever changes were made to bills regarding the Texas health department. That was very fun as well.

If I could give a day in the life description of my typical day at my internship, it would be to show up at 8 am and say hi to everyone then sit at my cubicle and check Microsoft outlook. After reading my emails and seeing my tasks for the day from my supervisor, I would meet her at her office to talk about the messages and then I would get straight to work. On Mondays I could always expect an intern meeting with the other girls, Karla and Lauren. We would talk about our different assignments and then Laura would write it all down and email the whole office on an intern bulletin to give everyone an update and what tasks interns were doing that week.

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508