The Frank Madla, Jr. and Irma Rangel
Legislative Internship Program
St. Mary's University
84th Texas Legislative Session


Now in its second Session, the Frank Madla, Jr. and Irma Rangel Legislative Internship program continues St. Mary's University's rich history of preparing students to be community leaders.  The nonpartisan program focuses on graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in the legislative process or wish to pursue a career in state policy.  The intent is to allow current students of St. Mary's University to experience the state legislative process through hands-on application. 

The Honorable Frank Madla Jr. (1937-2006) and the Honorable Irma Rangel (1931-2003) gave Texas nearly 60 years of dedicated public service. Both graduates of St. Mary's, Madla (B.A. '59, M.A. '64) and Rangel (J.D. '69), served in the Texas House of Representatives for 20 and 26 years, respectively, with Rangel becoming the first Mexican American female elected to the Texas Legislature in 1976. Madla also spent 13 years in the Texas Senate.

Upon successful completion, students earn a total of 12 hours academic credit:  6 hours for the internship, 3 hours for a weekly on-site course, and 3 hours for a directed readings course.

Internship (6 hours):  Responsibilities of program participants range from assistant committee clerks to legislative policy annalists.  From the onset, each intern is expected to be a productive staff member, and must not only exhibit a keen understanding of legislative policy, but also the inherent intricacies of the Texas Legislature as an entity.  Students are graded not only by their direct supervisor, but by other individuals which they will interact with throughout the legislative session.

PO 3320/ PA 8310, Applied Public Service (3 Hours):  An on-site course taught by St. Mary's Graduate David Courreges, JD, MPA, will introduce students to the rules, procedures, and interworkings of the Texas House of Representative and Texas Senate.  Concepts learned during the course of the semester will be demonstrated through direct application of legislative policy development and analysis.

PO 5399 / PA 7300, Directed Readings (3 Hours):  The directed readings course examines the core component of policy making -- the examination, comparison and choice of policy alternatives.  The values, assumptions, and tools associated with welfare economics, as well as alternative approaches to analysis will be studied in detail.  Key issues such as information capacity, public input, rhetorical tools of argument and ethical obligations of the policy analyst may also be covered.
Gold & Blue Magazine, Spring 2009 -- Click on Image to View Article