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Austin Internship Program To Kick Off In Spring

Nov. 19, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Mike Yawn, Jennifer Gauntt

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State CapitolSam Houston State University is now accepting applications for the first “Austin Internship Program,” which will kick off in the spring of 2013.

The program provides top students from all majors the opportunity to intern for a legislative office during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

“This is a unique opportunity,” said Provost Jaimie Hebert. “Students will earn academic credit while exploring high-level occupations in the state’s capital. These internships are part of our ongoing mission to provide rewarding opportunities to students and to expand learning beyond the classroom.”

Students selected for legislative internships will earn between six and 12 hours of credit and receive supervised hands-on learning. The internships will span the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, beginning on Jan. 4 and extending through May.

Students will be expected to work full-time, giving them the opportunity to learn the legislative process, gain professional skills, and maximize their exposure to a professional work environment. Sam Houston State University will provide financial assistance to the students selected.

“Sam Houston is looking for top students to be part of this program,” said political science professor Mike Yawn, who is coordinating the program. “The legislature wants students with a strong mix of academic and professional skills. In turn, the students have an amazing opportunity to expand their professional networks, apply and enrich their academic learning, and observe the political world up close.”

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. To be considered, the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.5, although higher GPAs are preferred.

“We’ll work with each student individually to assure they receive the appropriate academic credit for their degrees,” Yawn said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and the university is committed to working with the interns to provide resources necessary to their success. We want this to be a winning experience for the students and the legislative offices.”

Because the Texas Legislature meets only in the spring of odd years, this opportunity will not be offered again until the spring of 2015.

“We certainly hope to continue placing interns in the Capitol and in district offices year round, but there’s nothing like the chance to intern when the legislature is actually in session, so we hope students will seek out this opportunity,” Yawn said.

While placements will be made on a rolling basis, Yawn encourages students to act now.

“Most legislative offices have finalized session staffing by the middle of December, so it’s important for students to move quickly,” he said. “This is a great opportunity.”

Interested students should contact Yawn at mike.yawn@shsu.edu or 936.294.1456 for an application or to discuss the program further.



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