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UTB Student Goes From Spring Internship to Summer Job in State Government

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2014 – Luis Villarreal Jr. of Brownsville is an example of the importance of how an internship can transition into a full-time position.

Villarreal, a senior government and public service major from Brownsville who will complete his degrees in August at The University of Texas at Brownsville, took GOVT 3385 Legislative Internship Program during spring semester and worked in the local office of Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville.

This summer Villarreal, 21, was hired for the summer as a field assistant for Lucio.

UT Brownsville Government student Luis Villarreal, who works as a field assistant for Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., R-Brownsville, on Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014.UT Brownsville Government student Luis Villarreal, who works as a field assistant for Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, on Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014.
 

“Luis is exceptional on all his duties,” said Lucio. “I really care for him a lot. If every young man and woman were like him, there would not be any problems in our world. I am happy to have him helping me.”

Villarreal is responsible for providing advanced materials and information for the senator before events and meetings, acting as a liaison between the senator and staff while in the district and traveling and assisting in special events coordination.

“Working in the senator’s office has given me the opportunity to address various issues, which are not only local but statewide,” said Villarreal. “The work I am doing in the senator’s office will help me in my future career as it is exposing me to real life work situations and issues that need to be addressed.”

Villarreal will attend the university’s Filemon B. Vela Pre-Law Academy during Summer Session II. The two-week pre-law academy is under the Division of Academic Affairs and offers students opportunities to practice portions of the Law School Admission Test, perfect their writing skills and meet attorneys.

“I would like to attend law school after my master’s is completed,” said Villarreal. “I believe it is a wonderful program that will benefit anyone who plans to attend a law school in the future.”
He will begin work this fall on a master’s degree in public policy and management and will be a graduate assistant in the Department of Government at UTB.

Villarreal’s ultimate goal is to practice law in Texas.

“He is a creative, motivated, hard-working student and I expect that we will be hearing great things about this alumnus in the years to come,” said Dr. Ruth Ann Ragland, Professor in the Department of Government who taught Villarreal in two of his major classes.

Currently enrolled or future students can visit the Enrollment Center @ The Tower at Main to register for classes, talk to an academic advisor, make payments and do other tasks for the fall semester. The fall semester registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 12. The payment deadline is Thursday, Aug. 14. The first day of class is Monday, Aug. 25. For more information call 956-882-8254.

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