Please see the below postings for three internships opportunities on my team. The first posting is for my district office in San Antonio, the second posting is for my political office in Austin, and the third posting is for the capitol office during next session. These are great opportunities to gain significant and substantive legislative and political experience and build relationships in Texas politics.
District Office - Internship Position Description
We are seeking undergraduate and graduate students to intern for the fall semester in our district office in San Antonio. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in public service to gain meaningful, hands on experience.
State Representative Mike Villarreal is in his 6th term at the State Capitol fighting for investments in education, protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, promoting policies that value hard work and aspiration, and ensuring that government is accountable to citizens. He was recently honored with the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association's "State Leadership Award" for his work to promote solar and alternative energy, and Villarreal was named one of the 2010 "Men of the Year" by San Antonio Magazine.
Interns will be responsible for assisting constituents to resolve issues with state services, planning and outreach for community events, and managing constituent correspondence. We work closely with students to ensure that their assignments support their academic and professional goals.
Internships are unpaid.
Students handling constituent casework must work a minimum of 15 hours per week.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Strong administrative and computer skills
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally, and in writing
- Ability to work in a professional team structure, and manage competing priorities
- Previous volunteer or office experience required
- Demonstrated commitment to the values and priorities of our team
Interested students should submit a resume and a cover letter stating why they are interested in this internship position and how the internship fits into their academic and professional goals to Toni Serna, District Director at email@example.com or via fax (210)734-0356. Please indicate "Intern Search" in the subject line. Applications for will be reviewed as they are received. No phone inquiries please.
Political Office - Internship Position Description
Intern will assist Political Director with all aspects of the Representative’s political office. Duties include:
- assisting with creation and execution of fundraising plan,
- assisting with planning and staffing fundraising events,
- researching donor prospects,
- data gathering and entry, and
- other fundraising/network building activities.
Graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Position is for 15-40 hours per week.
- Be a self-starter able to multi-task and prioritize tasks. Be motivated, confident, fun, hard working and interested in democratic politics. Able to maintain confidentiality in your work.
- College degree preferred, however mature college junior or senior may be considered.
- Demonstrated familiarity or desire to learn about political fundraising & state election process.
- Exceptional organizational, writing and analytical skills.
- Strong computer aptitude and database management skills.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft excel.
- Microsoft access a plus.
- NGP and Texas VAN database experience a major plus.
- Ability to work from home and travel as needed.
How to apply: Submit cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Chiarello at Stephanie@mikevillarreal.com
. Include statement in your cover letter why you want to work in a political office and why you want to work for Representative Villarreal specifically.
Compensation: Though our internship positions are unpaid, we work closely with students to meet their academic goals, and some students receive academic credit for their work with our office. Additionally, our office has often hired successful former interns as paid staff during subsequent legislative sessions or campaigns.
Open until filled.
Capitol Office - Legislative Position Description
Previous Intern Responsibilities Have Included:
State Representative Mike Villarreal is seeking college seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students to participate in a legislative internship during the 82nd Legislative Session, January - June 1, 2011.
This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in public service to gain meaningful, hands-on legislative experience. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and ability demonstrated on the job. These positions are not paid. Interns must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Rep. Villarreal is a San Antonio Democrat in his 6th term at the State Capitol fighting for investments in education, protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, promoting policies that value hard work and aspiration, and ensuring that government is accountable to citizens. He was recently honored with the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association's "State Leadership Award" for his work to promote solar and alternative energy, and Rep. Villarreal was named one of the 2010 "Men of the Year" by San Antonio Magazine.
- Strong research and policy analysis skills.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to work in a team structure and manage competing priorities.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values and policy priorities of this legislative team.
Monitor legislation and provide analysis to Rep. Villarreal and other staff.
- Represent the office in meetings with stakeholders and constituents.
- Greet office visitors
- Conduct policy analysis.
- Assist in team's effort to maintain constituent services database.
- Assist in responding to correspondence.
- Assist in administrative duties.
- Submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 210-463-7675. Please indicate "Intern Search" in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
- Application deadline: October 30, 2010.