COLLEGE STATION – Kate Wright, a 2014 graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School and an agricultural economics major at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2018 internship in Washington, D.C. Kate will spend the summer as an integral part of the House Committee on Agriculture.
Kate is one of 11 students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Kate’s duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for senior staff members. Kate is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Michele Wright.
“The ANRP Internship Program is one of few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today’s agricultural students into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Stephanie McMillen, director of the ANRP Internship Program. “The application process is extremely rigorous and intensive, as we only select the most qualified individuals to participate in the program.”
To even be considered for a D.C. internship, students must be in the top of their class academically and are required to include letters of recommendation from professionals and professors to demonstrate that he or she is dependable, responsible, and displays exceptional work ethic both inside and outside of the classroom. Once those hurdles are overcome then the student must navigate a series of panel interviews with 8-12 policy experts and congressional staffers.
“Through this internship, I am most looking forward to meeting and networking with new individuals who have their own perspectives regarding agricultural policies,” said Kate Wright. “I am hoping to gain an experience that will shape my professional, personal, and future goals.”
The students will begin the 10-week internship at the end of the month, in which they will participate in professional activities, such as attend hearings and briefings, research agricultural policy issues, draft policy briefs, and sit in on congressional meetings.