Public Citizen Adds Texas Communications Intern

El Paso native Jordan Alarcon assists with press outreach, social media

Jordan Alarcon, a 21-year-old communications student at the University of Texas, has started work as a communications intern for the fall semester in Public Citizen’s Austin office.

The El Paso native is pursuing a bachelor’s of science in public relations with a certificate in ethics & leaderships in law, politics and government. At Public Citizen, Alarcon will assist with social media strategy, crafting press releases and media statements, maintaining press lists and graphic design.

“I was interested in an internship at Public Citizen because I believe it’s important to learn early on how to fight for what’s right, not easy,” Alarcon said. “I want to be involved in something that’s bigger than just a trend or phase. I want to be a part of a movement.”

Alarcon’s interest in communications and politics stem from her past experiences in El Paso. She was a member of the 2018 summer intern class in the office of Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman and current democratic presidential candidate nominee. In this role, Jordan focused on helping constituents navigate local, federal and state agencies to obtain services.

Jordan then served as an intern on O’Rourke exciting 2016 U.S. Senate campaign and became a volunteer deputy registrar to register new voters. At the same time, Jordan was working part-time job with the Socorro Independent School District’s Public Relations Department. In this role, she gained experience drafting publications, event production, professional communication and data preparation. She aspires to use these interests to pursue a career in political communications.

“We’re proud of have an intern of Jordan’s caliber helping us in our mission to protect the environment and public health in Texas,” said Michael Coleman, Public Citizen’s communications strategist. “She has already proven to be a valuable member of the team and we look forward to helping her gain even more experience in professional communications.”

One of Jordan’s passions also includes the advocacy and empowerment of women. She is the first woman in her family to attend college and hopes to inspire those after her to do the same and more.