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NMSU alumnus receives legislative internship

A New Mexico State University alumnus will play a role in keeping New Mexico running during an internship in the New Mexico Legislature later this year.

Los Alamos native Travis Dulany will work directly for one of the Legislature's three nonpartisan staff agencies, the Legislative Council Service, the Legislative Finance Committee or the Legislative Education Study Committee. The full-time internship will last from July to December.

The internship allows students to learn about and experience New Mexico's Legislature. Interns work with experienced legislative staff members and interact with legislators, committees, state agencies and the public. Only two students in the state are chosen each year.

As an intern, Dulany will provide staff support for interim legislative committees studying different public policies. Some of the tasks he may perform include legal and policy research, issues analyses, speechwriting, budget analysis and committee organization.

Dulany received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in English at NMSU. During his time at NMSU, he served two terms as president of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, one term as the vice president of ASNMSU and worked in photography for both the Las Cruces Sun-News and The Roundup.

"Coming from an English background, it will be interesting to see how sections of the state legislature communicate with each other," he said. "It will be a very fascinating, rewarding experience."

Other Aggie alumni have participated in the internship in the past, and Dulany hopes it will provide insight into other opportunities in the state.

"I love New Mexico and I think we have a really unique political and cultural setting. Spending time in the state legislature will give me an understanding of all the different components that go into running the state," he said.