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Hobby Fellows


Read more about the 2021 Hobby Fellows.

About Hobby Fellows

Hobby Fellows offers UH undergraduate students the opportunity to work as full-time interns in the Texas Capitol during regular legislative sessions.

The majority of University of Houston students work while attending college. Few UH students can pursue public service careers in Austin because internships—the primary gateway to permanent jobs in these cities—are available only to students who can afford to live away from home. Hobby Fellows allows interns to earn $9,000 in stipends during the session to offset their expenses.

Hobby Fellows are assigned to offices of members of the Texas Legislature. They gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process by observation, participation, research, and writing. They also attend meetings and hearings, and meet with constituents and lobbyists in addition to completing traditional office duties.

Hobby Fellows earn 3-12 upper level hours in political science (dependent on the student's degree plan) for participation in the program by combining supervised academic study and research with practical training. Hobby School of Public Affairs senior director Renee Cross is the instructor of record.

  • Additional benefits include the following:
  • Encouraging academic achievements and community involvement;
  • Polishing oral and written communication skills;
  • Providing leadership training;
  • Developing a strong sense of civic responsibility;
  • Fostering relationships with interns from other Texas universities; and
  • Increasing the positive exposure of UH’s Tier One students in Austin.

Eligibility requirements

Must be a junior or senior at the University of Houston during the semester of application. Transfer students must have at least 24 hours completed at UH. Students graduating the semester before the program are welcome to apply. Must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Ideal candidates possess

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Strong writing ability
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated dedication to public service through volunteerism in school and/or community activities
  • Government internship or campaign experience

Personal interviews, academic achievement, writing ability, community and school activities, previous internship and/or professional experience, and financial hardship are factors in the selection process.

Program requirements

Hobby Fellows work a minimum of 40 hours per week, participate in seminars, and complete various academic assignments, which make them eligible for 3-12 academic credit hours. All Hobby Fellows must be enrolled for the appropriate hours/classes at UH before the initial stipend is issued. Proof of enrollment is required.

Questions? Contact Isaiah Warner at or at 713 743 3970.


The application for the spring 2021 program was October 5, 2020.  Check back in summer 2020 for the application to the spring 2023 program.

Success Stories

Want to read about what previous Hobby Fellows have done since their time in Austin?  Read their success stories.

Certified Public Manager Scholarship for Hobby School of Public Affairs Intern Alumni

The Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Certified Public Manager Scholarship provides former Hobby Fellows, Leland Fellows and Civic Houston Interns who are currently working in government or with a non-profit organization paid tuition for the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program at the University of Houston (non-transferable).  Read more.

Previous Hobby Fellows


Read more about the 2019 Hobby Fellows.

Thank you to the Hobby Fellows Sponsors!



Top: Troy Allen, Jason LaBarbera, Jon Garcia, Mariah Grayson, J Ehlinger
Bottom: Rish Oberoi, Jennifer Edwards, Emily Joslin, Giovanni Perez, Maycie George

Read more about the 2017 Hobby Fellows.

View the 2017 Hobby Fellows scrapbook.



Top: William Janowski. Eric Schroeder, Emily Janowski, Roel Benavides
Bottom: Emma Oliver, Candace Caruthers, Mariah Berry, Yvette Hernandez

Read more about the 2015 Hobby Fellows.

View the 2015 Hobby Fellows Scrapbook.


Jose Guzman, Charles Prothro, Estefani Jimenez, Isabel Soto, Sarah Aimadeddine, Hazel Thakkar, Krystafer Redden, Matthew Conner

Read more about the 2013 Hobby Fellows.

View the 2013 Hobby Fellows scrapbook.


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Richard Murray Scholarship

The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 for the purpose of honoring Dr. Richard Murray's service to the Houston community and 40 years of teaching and research at the University of Houston.  Click here to read more.