In order to highlight Austin Tech Alliance’s growing membership of individuals who support our mission to promote civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector, we regularly feature profiles of ATA members.

Up now: ATA’s intern, Sameer Mohammad

What got you interested in interning for Austin Tech Alliance?

As someone who has always been conscious of politics on a large scale, this internship got me excited about engaging in local politics and the issues that matter to Austinites. I’m interested in combining my personal love for graphic design and marketing with something in the political realm because its so different than anything I have ever done before. 

 

What’s one thing you want to accomplish during your time interning at ATA?

As someone who is a self-identified techy, my goal is to combine my passion for technology with politics to promote civic engagement. From graphic design to marketing I am excited to apply myself to delivering Austin’s political news to the public in an easy to consume form factor. 

Something else I’m excited to do while at ATA is event planning. I don’t have a lot of experience with event planning outside of my work with TedxYouth@Austin so I am really excited to learn more and help make the best events possible. 

Why is civic engagement important to you?

Civic engagement is how we as citizens show our elected officials the issues we want them to focus on. From raising the smoking age to informing people at the local library civic engagement is a wide encompassing word that by definition affects us all. I believe we should all have the right to voice our opinions about politics whether we agree or disagree because of the discussion that our differences spawn and how it can further better our government.