7 Satisfying Moments Every Legislative Intern Experiences

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Making the adjustment from being a full-time college student to working full-time in a government agency can have its challenges, but it can also bring some truly amazing and unique experiences with it. Here are 7 of the most satisfying moments that I’ve experienced as a legislative intern in the first few weeks of my internship:
  1. Swiping your badge and skipping security for the first time - feeling like you’re truly on the inside of such an amazing legislative process is surreal.
  2. Helping your first constituent with a problem, and actually finding them a solution - realizing that you have the power to make someone’s life better, even in such a tiny way, is so rewarding!
  3. Getting positive feedback for your first big assignment - there’s no better feeling than being praised for something that you worked hard on, and knowing that you’re doing your job well.
  4. Feeling like a hot-shot walking into a meeting with a group of executives - dressed in business formal, sitting in on a meeting where big decisions are being made is a definite confidence booster, and really opens your eyes to the process.
  5. Realizing that you actually understand what’s going on - I spend a lot of my time monitoring committee hearings, and it took me a while to decode the language that everyone is speaking, full of acronyms and legislative jargon; realizing that you finally understand what they’re saying, and you don’t need to google the acronyms people are saying, is such a fun moment.
  6. Shaking hands with someone you never thought you’d get to meet - it’s a little jarring to realize that suddenly you work so close to so many high-ranking officials, and that you’ve all ridden the same elevators, used the same restrooms, and walked on the same floors.
  7. Not being nervous to answer the phone - getting over ‘phone anxiety’ was something that I thought would be one of my biggest challenges going into my internship; making calls and answering the phone has always made me nervous, but after making 100+ calls during my first week, it’s safe to say I’m not nervous to pick up the phone anymore!
These are just a few of the most satisfying moments I’ve had so far in my internship, and I’m sure there will be many more ahead. I’ve found that it’s so important to focus on the positive moments in your experience, especially throughout the first few weeks as you make the transition to a new city and a new job. What moments are you looking forward to in your internship?

Maggie Sullivan
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Austin, Texas | spring 2019