ESSM Awards & Merits 2012 Two ESSM students chosen for the Summer 2012 Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship The Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program is one of the premier leadership opportunities at Texas A&M University. It allows students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to complete exciting internships in Washington, D.C., or Austin, Texas, for a semester while earning academic credit. Students who participate in the Washington, D.C., program work full-time on Capitol Hill for a member of the Texas Congressional Delegation, the House Committee on Agriculture, or other agencies that focus on agriculture or natural resources. ANRP Internship Program participants emerge from their internship semester with a skill set that will distinguish them from their peers. Most importantly, students learn to understand the policy process through hands-on experience. They see firsthand how a single idea can develop into legislation that impacts their area of interest, whether it is production agriculture, wildlife biology, environmental conservation, nutrition, agricultural economics, or another area. Working on Capitol Hill, ANRP interns are at the heart of our federal government. They assist with decisions that can potentially have an impact on the world and are exposed to a diverse set of ideologies and perspectives. The skills and knowledge gained by participating in the ANRP Internship Program are easily transferable to many different fields of study and career paths. Program alumni have gone on to become highly successful in their chosen field, from law, to veterinary medicine, to policy, to production agriculture, to teaching, to much more. Two students from Ecosystem Science and Management department have been chosen for the Summer 2012 Internship. ANRP just celebrated their 20th year of providing substantial internship experiences for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Since 1990, the ANRP Internship Program has been sending students to Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, to learn about policy, get practical work experience, and build a professional network. Brady Grimes Brady is a senior renewable natural resources and horticulture science double major, graduating in may of 2012. Following graduation he will be interning in Washington D.C. until August, followed by a move to Monduli, Tanzania to teach secondary school with the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania for two years. The future following is uncertain, but he feels very strongly that continuing my education will be critical to progressing in my chosen field of international agriculture development Bobby said he applied to go because "Decisions made on the highest-level influence how all farmers make their living. The future farmer will have to be dynamic; learning how to earn a higher income on fewer acres, and the policy must be there to accommodate these changes. As a future grower, I have developed a keen interest in policy that affects urban farmers and small acreage farmers as this industry grows. I have always been fascinated by the political process, and I am hoping that this hands on experience will give me the inside story." Matthew Cope Matthew is a senior renewable natural resources major with minors in forestry and rangeland ecology & management. This summer he will be interning for Congressman Jeb Hensarling from the 5th Congressional District of Texas, which contains my hometown of Garland, Texas. Matthew spent last Spring interning in Austin for State Representative Kelly Hancock and learning about state politics. He is looking forward to working in Washington D.C. and becoming more informed on how the federal government works. He will graduate in December 2012 and plan to work in the natural resources field. In the future he would like to earn a law degree and work in the areas of natural resource law and policy.