Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Public Policy Foundation

Fall 2019

Position: Policy Intern
Student: Government Senior

I intern at the Texas Public Policy Foundation at 901 Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. My internship is geared towards young conservatives who value the principles of liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. If you do not believe in conservative ideas, it does not mean by any means that working at the Foundation is not for you. Everyone I have met at the Foundation has the kindest soul and the warmest heart. It is very motivating to be surrounding with prominent individuals who want to see you thrive.

I have also realized that even though I am surrounded by people with master’s and doctoral degrees, there is so much more to people at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. For example, I quickly found out that a lawyer at TPPF is not just a lawyer. Every person at the Foundation has a deeper love for what they do and is truly committed to their work.

An intern’s typical day can be rather different depending on what center they work in. For example, if someone is a communications intern, their day would look very different from mine, which consists of policy intern tasks. All interns only have to work 15 hours a week during the long semester. This past semester, I was blessed to work with Emily Sass, the Policy Director for TPPF’s Center for Innovation in Education. My policy area was K-12 education.

            I am beyond grateful for the versatile internship that the Foundation offered me. Each day was different from the next. Some days I would get to help with special events, such as events on the War on Poverty or Higher Education Free Speech. Each day I also got to spend just a couple hours at the front desk, which helped me hone my communication skills and meet important policymakers in the political arena. Most days, however, I worked on legislative and judicial research. I read through so many Texas Supreme Court opinions and analyzed many pieces of legislation.

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