The Sam Houston Austin Internship Program began in 2013, an initiative of President Dana Hoyt. Since that time, SHSU has built a strong reputation in the legislature for placing quality students. This year is no different, with ten students placed in Austin (plus two more in Washington, DC). The placements are below:
Brian Aldaco: Rep. Will Metcalf
Spencer Copeland: Rep. Larry Phillips
Alejandra Galvan: Senator Lois Kolkhorst
Beatriz Martinez: Rep. Armando Martinez
Vincent Melore: Rep. Tom Oliverson
Christina Perez: Rep. Jim Murphy
Kimberly Roach: Texas Association of Counties
Karla Rosales: Rep. John Zerwas
Mitchell Sanchez: Rep. Todd Hunter
Kaitlyn Tyra: Senator Charles Schwertner
In addition, five of the eight interns from last session have been hired by the legislature and are now working the session, as well.
Sadie McLaughlin (District Director): Rep. Ernest Bailes
Alexis Gonzales (Legislative Director): Rep. Vo
Ariel Leaf (District Representative): Senator Charles Schwertner
Oscar Aguilar (Legislative Associate): Rep. Mary Ann Perez
Shelby O’Brien (Legislative Director): Rep. Todd Hunter
We were fortunate this past Saturday to have the current interns and many of the program’s alumni on hand for a lunch at the Balkans Cafe and Grill. It was a great opportunity to see friends, develop mentorships, and have great food!
You can learn more about the Sam Houston Austin Internship Program (SHAIP) at the LEAP Center’s webpage: http://www.shsu.edu/austin-internship-program/index.html.