Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2008
Contact: Margaret Justus, (281) 250-8253

Senator Ellis to Kick-off Recruitment for the 2009 Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP)
Representative-elect Armando Walle, former Ellis TLIP intern, on-hand to launch program

(HOUSTON) Texas Senator Rodney Ellis will kick-off recruitment for the Class of 2009 Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP), on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 11am on the campus of Texas Southern University (TSU) at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Room 203.

"I am extremely proud as we begin the search for another successful class of TLIP interns who, once selected, will receive the rare opportunity to learn about the inner workings of state government and the legislative process,” said Senator Ellis who created the program in 1990 and who serves as an advisor to TLIP interns. “Their exposure to state government and public service will give them the knowledge, experience, and networking opportunities they need to serve as effective leaders in the near future."

TLIP is sponsored by state Senator Rodney Ellis and is coordinated by the Mickey Leland Center for World Hunger and Peace at TSU. The premier statehouse intern program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to serve the Texas Legislature, various state agencies and local government. On average, 30 interns are selected per class. Senator Ellis expects to increase that number to 50 interns for the Class of 2009. If selected, interns work in the offices of ranking members of the Texas Legislature or statewide elected officials. TLIP interns execute a number of duties including researching and writing a variety of documents, analyzing proposals, and participating in meetings with stakeholders.

The 300 plus TLIP graduates have used their legislative experience to pursue a variety of professional careers not only in the legal world, but in private business, engineering, journalism, and public service. Representative-elect Armando Walle, a former TLIP intern, will be on hand Wednesday for the TLIP kick off.

"I always wanted to make a positive change in my community. TLIP gave me the tools, opportunity, and experience to pursue that goal," said Representative-elect Walle, who was recently elected to state District 140 and is unopposed in the general election.

Another former TLIP intern, state Representative Ana Hernandez, was elected in 2005.

Interns must be enrolled in an academic institution and receive credit for their internship experience. Interns may earn up to 12 hours of academic credit by fulfilling independent study course requirements related to their internship experience. In previous years, interns have received a stipend of up to $7,000 for their participation in the program.

Interested students may request the TLIP Application by calling the Mickey Leland Center at 713-313-7370 or downloading it at Completed applications include a writing sample (essay or term paper), an official transcript, verification of enrollment, proof of financial aid (if applicable), and two letters of recommendation.