Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers

Spring 2017  

Position: Intern
Student: Government Junior 

Working at the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers (TACL) is a truly immersive experience.  At this special-interest group, there is a singular mission: influencing legislation.  Because, compared to other groups operating in Austin, TACL is relatively small and underfunded, everyone working here at the office is essential in the day-to-day operations of the organization.  This definitely includes the interns.  There are only two interns here at TACL, and we are both expected to commit ourselves as fully as possible to the job.  With that being said, TACL is very accommodating to your school schedule and going to class is (obviously) not a problem, however whenever you are not in class, between the hours of 8:30 and 5:30, you are expected to be in the office and contributing to the organization.  One of the special things about working at TACL is that each day is different.  An intern’s daily tasks could range from delivering documents to legislators to reading legislation to going to committee hearings to accompanying lobbyists to meetings.  To be successful at this job there are a few things you need to embrace.  You need to welcome new and sometimes uncomfortable experiences.  Because of the varying nature of your daily tasks, you will occasionally be asked to do things that you have never done before and that might not necessarily be in your comfort zone.  The people who work here are knowledgeable, helpful, and more than willing to lend a hand.  One thing that makes this internship different from others is that the job will occasionally take over your life.  There will be days when you are at work until 10 or 11 at night, and some mornings when you need to show up to the office at 6 or 7 am.  While this may seem excessive when compared to other internships, it is this total immersion that makes the interns truly become a part of the TACL team.

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