Congressional Internship Program


Texas Grain & Feed Association's efforts to enhance it's political voice extends to the political minds of up and coming college graduates not only curious about the inner-workings of Washington, but passionate about Agriculture and the Natural Resources of our state and nation.

Program Summary
Texas Grain & Feed Association has teamed with Texas A&M University in support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Public Policy Congressional Internship Program. The program has sent outstanding sutdents from the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS) to live and work as interns for a semester in both Washington, D.C. and Austin. 

Success is easy to recognize! With 50+ alumni in policy positions in Washington and 20+ in Austin, alumni of the ANRP Internship Program are making a difference in our world. Success, however, does come with a pricetag. And, the situation is amplified by the increasing demand for additional interns from the program and the university's desire to continue to provide housing and services for the students. Generous support from donors such as TGFA is essential for the continued success of the ANRP Internship Program.

Your Contribution
As a member of TGFA, you are helping to support and contribute to this worthwhile cause. TGFA appreciates your willingness to give and afford the opportunity for one or more students to participate.

Special Recognition
TGFA Member Nathan Segal & Company, Houston, has generously supported TGFA's political efforts and ANRP Internship Program since its inception in 2006. With their generous, annual donation made in memory of company founder Nathan Segal, the family-owned business is passionate about the growth of the grain and feed sector of agriculture and the importance of furthering education in agriculture as a means of furthering the industry.

Program Information and Publicity

Thank You Letters

Dear Texas Grain & Feed Association,

I wanted to thank you for supporting the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program again. I feel that my time in D.C. has been a great learning experience.

Since I have been here interning for Congressman Flores I have had the opportunity to experience the daily happenings of the Capitol and the city, sit in on committee hearings, travel to different historical sites in D.C. and the surrounding area, and communicate with constituents about current events and issues affecting policy. I have also been able to attend receptions and meet other representatives and prominent figures from other communities. Through these experiences, I have developed m networking skills, and thus, have vastly built my professional network.

I know I would not have been able to do this program without your support and contributions to our program. After this internship, I am planning on continuing to work on my family's farm in Wooster, Ohio along with continuing the interview process with a couple agricultural companies.

Thank you again for allowing me this opportunity in Washington, D.C.

Justin Esselburn

Dear Texas Grain & Feed Association,
I want to thank you again for supporting me through Texas A&M’s Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program. My name is Shiloh Perry and I am from Dime Box, Texas. This semester, spring of 2013, I am interning for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Interning through the ANRP program has been an opportunity of a lifetime.
Through work, I have had the opportunity to attend congressional committee hearing on a regular bases. I enjoy attending committee hearings because I get to actually experience some of the processes of our government. I also attended the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and an intern meet and greet with U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack. During the meet and greet with Secretary Vilsack other interns and I were able to personally ask him questions about current legislation. I have made contacts and memories I will never forget.
Living and working in D.C. has taught me many things about myself, and others around me. I have become more confident in myself and more willing to take on tasks that are challenging. I have figured out that I would like to have a career in public policy. Public Policy is very interesting because it is always changing, it affects every American and every American has a say in it, whether they realize it or not. I have also realized that a lesson can be learned from everyone you meet. Even if a person is different than you, listen to their story because you never know when you might hear something that will benefit you in the future.
I really appreciate you supporting me. From mastering the metro system, to gaining a better knowledge of agriculture nationally, and everything in between, I have grown both personally and professionally. Thank you again for your support. I am very grateful for my experience and it would not have been possible without you.
Shiloh Perry

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