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Rep. Guillen urges college students to apply for paid Hispanic internships  print page

by: Rep. Guillen, Ryan

Representative Ryan Guillen urges local college students and recent graduates who are interested in a career in public service to apply for a paid internship working in the state capitol provided by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

The Mexican American Legislative Leadership Foundation, Inc., established by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation committed to fostering the development of leadership skills among Latino youth. The Foundation accomplishes this goal by sponsoring the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program and encouraging the involvement of young Latinos in the political process.

"This program is an excellent way for upper level college students and recent graduates to learn more about state government and how it works," Rep. Guillen said.

Providing an environment for the advancement of future leaders, the Legislative Leadership Program will offer college level students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in the functions and operations of the Texas House of Representatives. Students will learn not only how state government works and interacts with the public, but will also become better equipped to serve the communities they represent.

Named after the longest serving Hispanic member of the Texas House of Representatives, Paul C. Moreno (El Paso) and first Mexican American woman to serve in the Texas House of Representatives, the late Irma Rangel (Kingsville), this new program will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from across Texas to gain first-hand experience working in the Texas House of Representatives during the 79th Legislative Session.

Participating in the legislative process, students will be placed with one of the 40 Caucus members and serve as full-time policy interns. Interns will work alongside experienced legislative staff and participate in weekly seminars where they will interact with various other interns, elected officials and state agency representatives.

In addition to learning the legislative process and developing their leadership skills, interns will receive a $2000 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses. The Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program begins on the first day of the legislative session, January 11, 2005, and ends the last day of the session (sine die) on May 30, 2005. Interns will be required to work full-time in Austin, Texas, for the entire duration of the legislative session.

To qualify for the program, students must meet the following requirements.
• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student enrolled in a two or four year accredited institution, having completed at least 60 hours (Recent graduates are welcome to apply)
• Applicant must be 21 years of age or older (as of January 11, 2005)
• Applicant should possess excellent composition and communication skills
• Leadership potential should be evident based on community/extracurricular involvement, recommendations and supporting documents
• Applicant must have a minimum grade point (GPA) average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Applicants are asked to submit no more than two letters of recommendation from individuals other than family and friends who can attest to the applicant’s personal, professional, and academic integrity. Letters should provide the selection committee thoughtful examples of the applicant’s: leadership experience and potential; community involvement; major strengths and weaknesses; areas for improvement and development; and lastly, describe how the applicant would benefit from the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program.

Applicants should understand that all program participants will be considered full-time staff by the members’ offices where they are placed. Though responsibilities may vary from office to office, program participants should expect to work beyond a typical 40-hour work week. The determination of how many credit hours the Legislative Leadership Program qualifies for will vary among colleges and universities - it is the student’s responsibility to learn how their respective schools award academic credit.

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2004. Applications will be reviewed in Mid-October 2004 and a final determination will take place by early November.

Students will be notified by mid-November. and orientation will be held on January 11, 2005. The program will end on May 30, 2005.

To download and print an application, please go to

If you are interested in applying for the program and are having trouble downloading the application or have any questions regarding the application process, please e-mail Rick Sookiasian at Include your name, mailing address, college/university, school year (i.e., senior), e-mail address, and phone number.

Please mail completed application to: MALLF, Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program –1005Congress Avenue, Suite 420 – Austin, Texas 78701

From the office: State Representative Ryan guillen
District 31: Duval, Starr, Webb and Zapata Counties

Contact: Communications Director Robert McVey (
Office 512-463-0416 -- Cell 512-779-8914 -- Home 512-374-9525 FAX 512-463-1012

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