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Legislative internship program invites UTSA honors student Raven Douglas to participate

Legislative internship program invites UTSA honors student Raven Douglas to participate UTSA Honors Student and Archer Fellow Raven Douglas in front of the White House.


(December 17, 2016) -- UTSA honors student and junior political science major Raven Douglas has been selected to participate in the Texas Legislative Program (TLIP) in the spring of 2017. A UTSA Archer fellow this fall, Douglas is one of 36 students to be accepted into the prestigious program this year from across the Lone Star state.

"I was extremely excited and humbled at my acceptance, and grateful for the opportunity," said Douglas. "I had previously heard great things about the TLIP, and I’m looking forward to being able to make a contribution to the Texas Legislature this spring."

Sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), the TLIP provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to intern in the Texas Legislature, local government or state agencies under the tutelage of Senator Ellis. Interns earn between twelve and fifteen credit hours for their participation in the program, along with a stipend of $7,500.

"Raven Douglas was selected to participate in the Texas Legislative Internship Program because of her academic excellence, strong writing ability and, most importantly, her passion for public service," said District Director and Legal Counsel Jeremy Brown.

Douglas, who aspires to pursue a career in law, is eager to increase millennials' awareness about the importance of political involvement. While at UTSA, she has served as an active member of MOVE (Mobilize, Organize, Vote, Empower) San Antonio, a non-profit organization that encourages millennials to become engaged in the democratic process. She was also the director of civic engagement for the Undergraduate Political Science Association at UTSA.

Douglas is currently working with America Votes in Washington, D.C. through the Archer Program.

"I have been attracted to community engagement, and I find the political process fascinating," Douglas shared. "Political science is a field that essentially marries to the two, and being able to impact the community through policy and legislation is the way that I believe I can best make an impact."

Brown added, "I am confident that Raven will thrive in the program. I know she will use what she learns to one day become a great public servant."

UTSA alumnus Uriel Alex Guajardo ’14 will also participate in the TLIP, which runs from January 10 through May 29. Guajardo is currently a second-year law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

- Nicole Duff

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