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About the Austin Legislative Internship

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Legislative internships in Austin will not be available until spring 2017 when the Texas Legislature convenes again.


The Texas Tech University state legislative internship was established in 2008. The Texas Legislature meets January through June of every odd-numbered year. Interns wishing to serve in Austin will be selected the fall semester preceding each legislative session.


The legislative internship program is offered during the spring semester of every odd-numbered year. Interns will live and work full-time in Austin for the duration of the legislative session they are selected for, typically six months, from January to June. The internships are unpaid, but scholarships are provided.

Before leaving for Austin, interns attend orientation sessions to help prepare them for the experience and familiarize them with guidelines and responsibilities expected of interns. They will also attend socials to get to know their fellow interns and the President's Office Staff.

Academic Credit

An undergraduate intern will be enrolled in a minimum of 1-3 hours of POLS 4000 – a public service practicum class. The intern must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours (including the POLS 4000 class) at Texas Tech University while interning in Lubbock. If interested, non-political science majors may apply the POLS 4000 class to the completion of a political science minor. For political science majors, the POLS 4000 class may apply to a student's major coursework. A graduate intern would receive at least 1-3 hours of public service practicum through IS 5000. The graduate must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours (including the IS 5000 class) at Texas Tech University while interning in Lubbock.

Political Science Undergraduate Minor

Through the internship, undergraduate interns, who are not already majoring in political science, have the opportunity to earn a political science minor. For the minor, students will earn nine hours of political science credit while in Austin. With completion of the internship and in addition to the six hours of political science core curriculum required of all undergraduates, students may choose between a Texas Tech University International Politics or Comparative Politics course to complete the minor. This is an excellent opportunity for knowledge-base expansion and continued resume building.


In previous legislative sessions, The Beaumont Foundation provided a $7,000 scholarship to Texas Tech University students. The scholarships are used to help defray the costs of living associated with the internship.  Interns are responsible for their tuition (students receive an off-campus waiver for most fees), housing, travel to and from Austin, and entertainment.


To participate in the program, it is preferred that undergraduate students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours before the semester they wish to participate in the internship. Graduate students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 are also eligible to participate.

No particular major or disciplinary background is required to apply for an internship. Students will acquire skills and experience through the program that will serve them well no matter what career or field of study they choose.

Other Important Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written means
  • Involvement at Texas Tech
  • Ability to get along and work with diverse groups of people
  • Desire to learn and good work ethic
  • Well-mannered and able to interact well with others

To apply for the internship, click here.

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