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2018 Installments of Careers in Politics Conference

This one-day, nonpartisan event offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders' perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service and encourages participants to consider leadership roles in their community. Participants have the rare opportunity to connect with and learn from elected officials, political staff, government leaders, communication strategists, and nonprofit executives from across the Lone Star State.

Speakers will: 

·         Offer strategies for navigating the current political landscape;

·         Share thoughts on emerging trends in policy-making;

·         Explore methods of effective leadership for local impact;

·         Help you to develop and refine your personal brand;

·         Give you next steps for getting your foot-in-the-door.

Check out our agenda from our 2017 event.


Our 2018 Partners for Careers in Politics Seminars

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - State of the Rio Grande Valley Conference

Friday, April 13, 2018
Edinburg, Texas
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invite you to attend the first partner installment of our Careers in Politics Seminar, State of the Rio Grande Valley Conference, on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Edinburg, Texas.

Similar to past years, this one-day, nonpartisan event will provide an overview of career opportunities available in politics, public service, and community engagement as well as general trends and issues that are happening in those fields – this time with a focus on the Rio Grande Valley! The seminar will offer students the chance to learn from elected officials and community leaders, cultivate new professional connections, and meet other like-minded students.

The University of Texas at El Paso - L.I.V.E. Conference

Saturday, March 3, 2018
UTEP Campus
El Paso, Texas

UTEP L.I.V.E. is a university-wide student leadership experience intended to further engage students in the University and support the goals and objectives of the Colleges. UTEP L.I.V.E. provides students opportunities to create a leadership development experience that goes beyond a traditional 2-3 day conference. The goal of the conference is to help students understand the importance of leadership development as well as civic engagment. 

To aid the mission of the event, the New Politics Forum hosted a Careers in Politics panel and a Civic Opportunity Reflection Session. The Careers in Politics panelists were Texas Civic Ambassador Oscar Flores, El Paso County Judge Ruben John Vogt, El Paso Councilman Peter Svarzbein, and NPF alumnae and Voto Latino's Organizing and Outreach Coordinator Mary Ibarra.