Created in September 2004, the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program is a collaborative initiative between Texas State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Coordinated by the UTSA Honors College, the program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas House of Representatives during regular legislative sessions. Students having an interest in public policy and a commitment to public service, as exemplified by Representative McClendon, are encouraged to apply.
The UTSA Legislative Scholars Program will begin with several days of orientation prior to the opening of the 2013 session of the Texas Legislature on January 11 and will end on May 30. The 2013 UTSA Legislative Scholars will receive a stipend of $10,000 and will be responsible for their own housing, transportation, and other expenses while residing in Austin.
Interns must be enrolled at UTSA and receive academic credit for their internship experience. Interns are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in appropriate internship and independent study courses for the Spring Semester 2013 at UTSA. For example, interns may earn up to 6 hours of internship credit and 6 hours of independent study credit during the internship period.
Attendance is mandatory at an orientation provided by the UTSA Honors College in collaboration with Representative McClendon’s legislative staff and House of Representatives’ personnel, which will be conducted prior to the opening of the 140-day legislative session in January 2013. The interns will be assigned to work in the offices of members of the Texas House of Representatives throughout the session. The internship requires the ability to perform and manage a number of diverse activities, including writing a variety of documents, analyzing proposals, performing research, and corresponding and meeting with stakeholders. Good judgment, independent thinking, and a high degree of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and professionalism are critical to the successful management of an intern’s responsibilities. Interns are to live in Austin during the legislative session.
To be eligible for the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program, students must have completed at least 60 undergraduate hours and be enrolled for the fall semester at the UTSA. Students from any academic major are eligible. Exceptional skills in writing, composition, and computer literacy are required.
Applications for the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program are available online here or by calling the UTSA Honors College at (210) 458-4106.
Applications for the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program for the Spring 2013 legislative session must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than October 15, 2012. Applications may be submitted in person or mailed to the The University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249. Students may also submit the application in person to the Honors College (JPL 4.02.10). For questions, contact Dr. Richard Diem at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 458-4106.