Many Texas Tech students complete an internship before graduation, to gain valuable experience in their chosen field. For students aspiring to work in politics or government, there is one special opportunity for Red Raiders.

Each semester, including summer sessions, up to 19 lucky students are chosen for the Government and Public Service Internship program. These student go to Washington, D.C. for the term and work directly with congress and senate members.

Inside Texas Tech: TTU Expert on 14-Year Perry Legacy

Jan 23, 2015
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry served 5,144 days in office, adding up to a 14-year-and-one-month tenure, and resulting in the number 10 spot on the list of longest-serving American governors by the time he exited office and passed the torch to newly inaugurated Governor Greg Abbott. 

When he was sworn in on Dec. 21, 2000, Perry embarked on a political career that included as much criticism as it did praise in a red state led by a Democrat-turned-Republican assuming leadership from former governor and president George W. Bush. 

Inside Texas Tech: Midterm Elections, Explained

Nov 6, 2014

Midterm elections proved to be a bit of a blow to the President's party, as a GOP sweep of House, Senate and Governor's seats tilted the balance of legislative power out of the hands of Democrats.

Seth McKee, an associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, explains what the takeover will mean for Obama, and how Texas Tech students played a role in the "repudiation" of Obama's policies. 


Dr. Heather Martinez currently serves as Director of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners, through her office she is responsible for implementing and overseeing programs and partnerships which serve the community, engage faculty, promote learning and encourage conversations about the value of higher education. Working with the IDEAL program she has helped kids find inspiration in Science and Technology.

American Graduate Day returns for its third year on September 27, 2014. This live national, multi-platform broadcast event focuses on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation.


Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry stopped at the Student Union Building to promote the vote as part of the VoteTexas college tour that is aiming to clear up confusion about new voter ID laws and encourage younger voters before the November election.

Berry, appointed by Rick Perry, is also stopping at other Texas campuses including Lubbock Christian University, UT-Arlington, UT-Pan American, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Lamar University, UT-Austin, Texas State University and Texas Southern University.