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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA senior Carlos de la Garza is congressional intern

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UTSA student Carlos de la Garza (left) and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett

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(Oct. 2, 2013) -- Meet Carlos de la Garza. Carlos recently was accepted into one of the nation's most prestigious Latino leadership programs.

Carlos was accepted into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2013 Fall Congressional Internship Program. This fall, he is living in Washington, D.C., to intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Congressional District 35.

Since he began the internship last month, the senior public administration major has dived right into the political realm at the national level. His dream is to become a legislator and one day run for office at the local, state or national level.

"This internship is helping me to grow professionally by leaps and bounds," said Carlos. "It's given me a better perspective of our nation's political system, and it's given me valuable work experience in the field of public policy."

Over the course of 12 weeks, Carlos's major duties will include responding to inquiries by constituents from District 35, drafting correspondence and memos, monitoring hearings and conducting research for use by Doggett's office.

This isn't the first time Carlos has interned in a political office, though. Last semester, he was an intern in the office of Texas state Rep. Mike Villarreal.

"Interning in an elected leader's office is a unique experience that carries a lot of responsibility," said Carlos. "But, it's very worth it for the deep knowledge of politics that you gain as a result and for the opportunities it provides."

Carlos is the co-founder and treasurer of the Public Administration Student Organization and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity. Last spring, he was nominated as the most outstanding undergraduate student in the UTSA College of Public Policy.


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Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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