CONGRESSIONAL AGRICULTURAL INTERSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- College students with an interest in federal agriculture, natural resources and environmental policy may be eligible for a new congressional internship program being offered by the Alabama Farmers Federation in conjunction with the state's land-grant universities.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for college students to get an inside view of just how Washington works on today's rural and farming issues," said Federation President Jerry A. Newby. "This program will provide a solid foundation for our future agricultural leaders, giving them a greater understanding of the legislative process. We're thankful for the role that the state's land-grant universities -- Auburn University, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee University -- are playing in helping us develop tomorrow's leaders."
Keith Gray, director of the Federation's Department of National Affairs, said that while the Congressional Agricultural Internship Program is modeled after similar ones in Georgia and Mississippi, it is the first of its kind in Alabama.
"We're looking forward to seeing this program grow," Gray said. "We've invited the three Alabama members of the House Agriculture Committee -- Rep. Terry Everett, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Jo Bonner -- to participate, and we've already received acceptance from Congressman Everett's office."
Selected interns, who will receive a salary of $2,000 per month, will attend agriculture committee hearings, prepare briefs, conduct research directly related to federal agriculture policy or rural development, and meet with constituents. Students may also receive college credit by giving a written presentation of their experiences.
The minimum requirements for consideration are:
-- Currently an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Agriculture with at least 60 hours, the most recent 15 hours having been completed in the Alabama Land-Grant University System
-- Good academic standing
-- Good interpersonal/public relations skills
-- Ability to communicate both in writing and orally
-- Leadership and involvement on campus
-- Background or interest in federal agriculture, natural resources and environmental policy.
Eligible students must complete a two-step application process. First, written applications will be solicited in the three land-grant universities -- Auburn University, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee University -- and then will be evaluated and ranked by the selection committee. Second, the participating congressional offices will interview the top finalists.
A committee composed of representatives from the Federation and the universities will coordinate the application and selection process. Applications must be returned by Nov. 15. The first intern selections will be announced in late November for the spring semester.
For more information or applications for the Congressional Agricultural Internship Program, call the College of Agriculture at your university or Millie Hawes at the Alabama Farmers Federation at (334) 613-4268 or email MHawes@AlfaFarmers.org. Applications may also be downloaded by clicking the link below.
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