COLLEGE STATION – Henry “Hank” Nelson, a 2014 graduate of Gilmer High School and an agricultural economics major at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2017 internship in Washington, D.C. Hank is spending the summer as an integral part of the House Committee on Agriculture.
Hank is one of 9 students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and National Resources Polity (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A & M University. Hank’s duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for senior staff members. Hank is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy and Marie Nelson.
“The ANRP Internship Program is one of the 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. “through this opportunity, students use what they have learned in the classroom in a professional work setting. Not only is this D.C. experience attractive for future employers, but our students are also providing valuable assistance to the offices in which they intern.”
The program is in its 27th year of sending students to Washington D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 900 Aggies have worked in Washington, D.C. through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship in the form of housing, which is partly supported by private donors and commodity organizations. To learn more about Hank and his experiences, visit the program’s website at anrp.tamu.edu.