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About the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program

Created in September 2004, the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program began as a collaborative initiative between former 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. The Texas Legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. Students with an interest in public policy and a commitment to public service, as exemplified by Representative McClendon, are encouraged to apply. 

Program Details

The UTSA Legislative Scholars Program begins with several days of orientation prior to the opening of the Texas Legislative Session. UTSA Legislative Scholars receive a stipend and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and other expenses while residing in Austin.

Academic Credit

UTSA Legislative Scholar Interns must be enrolled at UTSA for a minimum of 6 credit hours 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 semester at UTSA. Interns may earn up to 6 hours of internship credit and 6 hours of independent study credit during the internship period.

Responsibilities

Interns are 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 must live in Austin during the legislative session.

Eligibility

UTSA students from any academic major may apply for the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program. To be eligible for the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program, students must

  • have completed at least 60 undergraduate hours,
  • be enrolled at UTSA for the fall semester prior to the beginning of the Legislative Session,
  • have exceptional skills in writing, composition, and computer literacy,
  • have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Application Requirements and Deadline

The 2023 Legislative Scholar Application will be posted in Spring 2022.

For questions about the UTSA Legislative Scholars Program, contact Ms.Elisa Cuellar at elisa.cuellar@utsa.edu