Intern Correspondence

 

TGFA A&M Congressional Internship Correspondence
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Dear TGFA,

Thank you again for your contribution to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I interned the summer of 2010 for the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C. and enjoyed every moment of it.

During my time working for the committee, I had the opportunity to work on many interesting things. My main responsibility was to aid in preparations for the 2012 Farm Bill. I attended many briefings and hearings where I took notes and reported back to teh policy staff in my office. Many of the briefings and hearings that I attended had to do with international trade pertaining to agriculture such as, the Brazilian Cotton Trade Dispute, the Russian Poultry Trade Dispute adn the pending Free Trade Agreements. I have also attended briefings that deal with crop insurance, risk management and others concerned with aiding agriculture in developing nations.

I learned a lot through my experience as an intern in Washington, D.C. I was able to see the policy making process firsthand by attending the committee hearings. I was also a part of t behind the scenes work that went into making sure members and professional staff had the most current information at their disposal. It was definitely interesting to watch teh members engage in debate and pass policy through the committee I believe this experience will be beneficial to my future career plans. I now have a better understanding of how Washington works and how it affects agriculture.

Thank you again for your support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program at Texas A&M. I learned a lot from my experience this summer and I know that it would not have been possible without your generous contribution.

Respectfully,

John Avellar



Dear TGFA,

Thank you so much for your generous support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I just completed a fall 2010 semester internship with the National Association of State departments of Agriculture. I truly appreciate your help to make this experience possible.

I could never have imagined this internship would provide me with as many amazing opportunities as it did. I was able to learn so much about agricultural policy by getting the opportunity to attend lots of hearings adn debates on Capitol Hill, to research and write about important national agriculture issues adn to meet and work with knowledgeable experts in teh industry. I was also given the chance to travel to places I had never been. During the semester, I took a trip to work at the American Food GRower's Food Trade Show in Miami, Florida as well as a trip to Dover, Delaware for NASDA's annual meeting.

I feel that this internship was an important step in reaching my future goals of a career in natural resource policy. I was able to learn details about theworkings of agricultural policy creation as well as about issues that I was completely unaware of. This will be invaluable for me as I continue my education, as I now have real life experience and perspective in the agricultural industry.

I am so thankful for your help in making my dream of working in our nation's capitol a reality. I will forever appreciate your kindness and will use what I've learned to reach my fullest potential.

Sincerely,

Amos Weldor, IV





Dear TGFA,

Once again, I cannot thank you enough for supporting Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Affordingme this opportunity has meant a great deal to my family and to me. Interning during the fall of 2010 at the National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture has been one of the greatest experiences of my college career.

Working with the NADSA has taught me the real world application of my studies. I have gained a better understanding of teh connection between government and agriculture and the impact they have on one another. This internship laid a great foundation for my future goal of being involved in foreign trade and the corresponding policies regarding livestock and meat regulations. I have met leaders of agriculture-related industries, including those in my field of study. This internship provided me with real world work experience that I will be able to carry with me no matter what job I have.

One of my greatest opportunities with the NASDA was getting to travel. I attended the annual conference in Dover, Delaware and worked with export consultants at the American Food and Beverage Show in Miami, Florida. Getting to see the inner-workings of these conventions was an invaluable experience to me. I learned so much about managing large corporate events in addition to gaining a better understanding of teh role NASDA plays in agriculture on a state and federal level.

During my time in Washington, I have experienced so many different people, places and opportunities. Living and working in the nation's capital has been a blessing and adventure in and of itself. It truly gives one the feeling of being a part of history. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity adn would like to take time to say thanks again for supporting the program and my endeavors.


Respectfully,

Marissa Cloum





Dear TGFA,

I wanted to thank you for your donation to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program which has allowed me to intern in Washington, D.C. this past semester. I have enjoyed my time working in the office of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and being able to fully experience what this city has to offer.

While interning, I was able to see firsthand what goes on during an election year. I witnessed the emotional ups and downs of teh Congressman, as well as his staffers, as they fought out what the next two years would look like. I was able to work closely with the Legislative Correspondent drafting letters and handling all incoming constituent mail. One of teh highlights of my internship was when I had the opportunity to attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala. It was a black tie affair with thousands in attendance. I was able to hear President Obama speak! It was an extremely surreal mement that will forever be with me.

Throughout my internship, I have been able to strengthen my communication skills by putting myself in situations where I am forced to network with people I don't know. It is a nerve-wracking ordeal at first, but the more I have done it, the easier it has become. Possibly the most important asset I have gained has been vital Capitol Hill experience. This experience is absolutely necessary when applying for jobs and attempting to stay in the DC area. It is rere that I come across and application that does not say "Capitol Hill experience required". Many organizations and offices wan that, because they want people that already know their way around. That alone has made this entire internship completely worth it.

Once again, thank you for your support. It has been a wonderful opportunity that will benefit me for the rest of my life.


Respectfully,

Rebecca Cain




Dear TGFA,

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program. Your support is very much appreciated and has made it possible for me to intern in Congressman Jeb Hensarling's Washington, D.C. office this summer.

My internship has given me the opportunityto gain a variety of experience by completing legislative projects as well as tasks that are important to the efficient management of a congressional office. In addition to my daily office tasks of answering phones, sorting mail and faxes and handling constituent relations, I have been able to attend a number of briefings. I have also assisted staff members in preparing the Congressman for a number of hearings and markups including the final consolidation of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Futhermore, I have been able to visit numerous monuments and museums and travel to nearby cities such as Philadelphia and New York.

Not only has my time and living and working in D.C. resulted in a summer full of amazing memories and opportunities, but it has also allowed me to gain a wealth of knowledge that will be of great use to me in my future. Prior to my internship, I was certain that I would be attending law school after graduation from Texas A&M University adn possibly getting a master's degree. However, my internship this summer has helped me to discover that my career aspirations include serving our natin's government, and I am now headed down the right path to accomplishing thm. After completing my degree in agribusiness in May, I plan to begin a Master's in Public Administration program and come back to work on Capitol Hill. And who knows, maybe I will even run for public office one day!

Again, thank youf or your generosity and dedication to the ANRP Internship Program. Your support has allowed me to capitalize on an oportunity that has put me on the path to achieving my career aspirations. Although no amount of words can express my gratitude, I am greatly thankful. The opportunity to participate in this program would not be possible without supporters like you.

Respectfully,

Matthew Okeson






Dear TGFA,

Thank you for your generosity to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Your support is very much appreciated and has made it possible for me to intern during the summer of 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Originally from Kingwood, TX a suburb northeast of Houston, I came to Texas A&M University three years ago to sutdy agribusiness, focusing on international trade and policy. I recently had the opportunity to study in Mexico over the winter break where I completed my minor in Spanish. In addition to my studies, I work in the Departmetn of Agricultural economics as a Teaching Assistant. I currently serve as the National President of the STudent Section of teh Agricultural and Applied Economics Society and will be participating on the Academic Quiz Bowl Team this summer for the third time. These opportunities have allowed me to gain real-world experience and have helped me begin developing a newtwork wit industry leaders as well. I have also had the oportunity to represent the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the STudent Senate, where I helped address issues facing our university on behalf of my fellow students. More recently, I was elected Membership Development and Scholarship of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity where I am responsible for creating professional and scholarly programs to help members succeed both at Texas A&M and in their future careers.

This summer, I will be interning in Congressman Jeb Hensarling's office. During my time in D.C. I hope to work with the Congressman's staff on agricultural policy and spending issues. In addition, this internship will provide me with valuable experience as I prepare to start law school in the fall of 2011.

Again, thank you for your generosity adn support of the ANRP Internship Program. You have provided me an avenue to capitalize on on opportunity that will allow me to grow and learn. Although no amount of words can express my gratitude, I am greatly thankful. The opportunity to participate in this program would not be possible without supporters like you.


Respectfully,

Matthew Okeson



Dear TGFA,


Thank you very much for your contribution to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I am currently a senior agribusiness major from Winters, California and will be graduating in December of 2010.  I will be interning during the summer 2010 in Washington, D.C.

During my time at Texas A&M, I was a member of the 2009 livestock judging team where we evaluate classes of sheep, gots, swine and cattle and prepare formal reasons justifying our placing. We had a very successful year with the wins at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, The Fort Worth Stock Show, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Th American Royal Stock Show in Kansas City, Missouri, among others. Being on the judging team taught me many skills such as time management, oral communication, decision making and how to be a productive member of a team. I believe that this skill set will be instrumental during my internship as well as other aspects of my life.

I will be interning for the House Committee on Agriculture (minority) this summer and I am very excited for the opportunity. I hoe to supplement my current knowledge of agriculture with insight as to how policy coming from Washington affects farmers' and ranchers' day to day operations. I hope this experience will give me the education necessary to aid agriculturalists in the future.

Thank you again for your support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program at Texas A&M University. I am looking forward to my experience this summer and I know that it would not be possible without your generous contribution.


Sincerely,

John Avellar




Dear TGFA,

Thank you for Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I have enjoyed spending my spring semester of 2010 as an intern for Congressman Henry Cuellar's office. I believe this experience has enhanced my knowledge in policy and how agriculture is ultimately affected by policy.

One of my favorite experiences as an intern was working on a project for the Toyota hearing. The morning of the hearing I was asked to make a graph for the Congressman. He used it at the hearing and teh graph was shown on CNN and CSPAN! As you can imagine, I was very proud and excited for the rest of the day. I have also attended several agricultural briefings adn written summaries of teh information discussed. I am currently working on a project that includes writing a short article over fever ticks to update the public on the efforts being taken to combat the fever tick issue. During my time outside the office, I have taken several road trips - one to Philadelphia where we saw the Liberty Bell and another to New York City where we enjoyed a hot dog in Times Square.

During my internship, I had the opportunity to meet various people at the different receptions and functions. At one dinner, I had the opportunity to sit at a table with former agricultural science teachers adn county extension agents. It was by coincidence that I happen to sit there adn each had advice about the profession and the transition from teacher to agent. I left the dinner very excited about having met them and the connections made. This is just a small example of the many things I encountered during my internship. Perhaps the biggest thing I will take away from the internship is a better understanding of our government and what happens behind the scenes. I have a better understanding of the process required to make legislation and what I can do as a constituent to get my voice heard. One of my goals in the future includes advocating for agricultural education and this experience has given me the tools necessary.

Once again I would like to thank you for the amazing opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. I  can truly say it has opened my eyes to new experiences. I cannot wait to get back to Texas adn share what I have learned during my time here. Without supporters such as you, an opportunty such as this would be impossible. Thank you so much!


Sincerely,


Misty Richter




Dear TGFA,

It is with great enthusiasm that I am thanking you for your support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. As I complete my internship in Washington, D.C. with Congressman Charles Gonzalez, I am happy to report my enthusiasm with you, Texas A&M University and Congressman Charles Gonzalez and staff. When I return to campus, having completed my internship, I will continue my sutdies in agricultural economics and with a focus on finance and real estate adn a minor in business administration and Hispanic Culture. After graduation in May 2011, I plan to further my education by getting a law degree and hopefully be a corporate lawyer.

Because you gave me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, I had the chance to observe a numerous aspects of politics, from congressional briefings adn meetings to maintaining the congressional office intact. The Congressman adn his staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, and offered me terriffic career advice.

The internship has definitely increased y interest in pursing a career in politics. My internship allowed me to combine my previous experience and education with my motivation to excel to be an asset to Congressman Charles Gonzalez and his staff.

I believe that with sacrifice, dedication and hard work, anything and everything is possible. This opportunity is certainly a testament to that statement. Thank you for giving me this great chance to learn so much.



Sincerely,


Eduardo Fuentes




Dear TGFA,

Thank you for supporting the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program and ultimately my chance to serve as an intern in the spring 2010 semester. I am currently a senior agricultural science major from Leander and will be graduating in December 2010.

I have experienced many things both academically and professionally while at Texas A&M. I spent two summers serving as an active member of the Aggie Orientation Leader Program. I helped to welcome new Aggies to our campus by participating in the check-in process, giving tours of campus (where I learned to walk better backward than forward), working with small groups of students, and by reassuring parents as their children left for college. This past summer I worked for the Texas FFA Foundation. This organization is the backbone of the program and without it the Texas FFA Convention would be nothing like it is today. It was truly an amazing experience to see the interaction between the sponsors and teh students. Currently, I am a student teacher in Katy at Katy High School. I teach 5 different classes in the agricultural science curriculum and I am currently training a skills team for the FFA, which recently advanced to area competition.

Next spring, I will be interning with Congressman Henry Cuellar. Through my internship experience, I hope to learn more about current policy issues adn about our government. In the future I hope to teach agriculture classes at teh high school level and would eventually like to see more programs starteda at the middle school grade level as well. My ultimate goal is to work as an extension agent specializing in education and helping students in local 4H and FFA programs. My experience as an intern in Washington, D.C. will allow me to bring current issues into the classroom and teach students about the importance of legislation.

Thank you, once again, for providing me with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I could not be more excited and cannot wait to start my internship in Washington, D.C.


Sincerely,


Misty Richter



Dear TGFA,
Thank you for supporting the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program and ultimately my chance to serve as an intern in the spring 2010 semester. I am currently a senior agricultural science major from Leander and will be graduating in December 2010.

I have experienced many things both academically and professionally while at Texas A&M. I spent two summers serving as an active member of the Aggie Orientation Leader Program. I helped to welcome new Aggies to our campus by participating in the check-in process, giving tours of campus (where I learned to walk better backward than forward), working with small groups of students, and by reassuring parents as their children left for college. This past summer I worked for the Texas FFA Foundation. This organization is the backbone of the program and without it the Texas FFA Convention would be nothing like it is today. It was truly an amazing experience to see the interaction between the sponsors and teh students. Currently, I am a student teacher in Katy at Katy High School. I teach 5 different classes in the agricultural science curriculum and I am currently training a skills team for the FFA, which recently advanced to area competition.

Next spring, I will be interning with Congressman Henry Cuellar. Through my internship experience, I hope to learn more about current policy issues adn about our government. In the future I hope to teach agriculture classes at teh high school level and would eventually like to see more programs starteda at the middle school grade level as well. My ultimate goal is to work as an extension agent specializing in education and helping students in local 4H and FFA programs. My experience as an intern in Washington, D.C. will allow me to bring current issues into the classroom and teach students about the importance of legislation.

Thank you, once again, for providing me with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I could not be more excited and cannot wait to start my internship in Washington, D.C.


Sincerely,


Misty Richter



Dear TGFA,


It is with great enthusiasm that I am thanking you for your support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I will be interning during the spring 2010 semester in Washington D.C. I am currently studying agricultural economics, specializing in finance and real estate and plan to graduate in May of 2011. I was raised in El Paso, Texas and look forward to sharing what I learn from my internship with my community there.

I have long been involved in organizations working toward a common goal, teamwork. Currently, I am involved in teh Pre-Law Society where I have the opportunity to build a network with law school admission representatives, local attorneys and other pre-law students. As a group, we spend time sharing important resources in order to determine which classes to take, where to intern and help each other with LSAT preparation. I am also involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and our mission is to be involved in education, business and government issues. Through these experiences, I have gained important leadership skills.

I have been chosen to work for Congressman Charles Gonzalez. I know that the combination of my experience, education and motivation to excel will make me an asset to Congressman Charles Gonzalez and his staff. My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities adn contribute as much value as I can. Whereas, I see myself as a top-performing intern in a well-established organization, like this one, I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in political professional associations.

I believe that with sacrifice, dedication and hard work, anything and everything is possible. This opportunity is certainly a testament to that statement. Thank you for giving me this great chance to learn so much.


Sincerely,

Eduardo Fuentes



Dear TGFA,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your generosity and support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I am very appreciative of the kindness you have expressed to me as an intern, the ANRP program, itself, and Texas A&M University. I am from Woodsboro, which is a small rural town located in South Texas. Agriculture has always played a large role in my life. As a junior agricultural business major, I feel confident that gaining an experience such as this will give me a greater understanding of teh agricultural industry.

I have worked part time for McFaddin Enterprises since I was in high school. M-E is a ranch located just outside my hometown. Experiencing the ranching industry firsthand has been a key factor in my growing interest of the agricultural industry. I now manage a small cow-calf operation of my own. Much of what I have learned is from firsthand experineces and this internship will be a wonderful learning experience for me.

I will be interning with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Working with NASDA, I will gain more knowledge about agricultural policy and teh legislative process. Eventually, I hope to become heavily involved in the beef industry so this internship will give me a better understanding of ag policy and how decisions are made throughout the industry. I believe experiencing the agricultural industry form a different perspective willb e very beneficial to me in the long run.

Thank you, again, for this amazing opportunity.


Sincerely,




Brett Schubert




Dear TGFA,


Thank you for all your support and generosity during my time with the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Let me first start out by saying that this experience would not have been possible without you. Your generous donation allowed me an internship with congressman Jeb Hensarling of the 111th Congress this past fall.


During my internship, I was in charge of many different tasks. I sorted and answered constituents' calls, correspondences, faxes and e-mails. I was responsible for all constituent tour  requests as well as guided tours through the Capitol Visitors Center and Capitol. I assisted in collecting press releases and clips by editing, sorting through news clips, and organizing the local daily news. Later, because of my ability to finish tasks successfully and efficiently, I was in charge of managing meeting requests and scheduling meetings for congressional staffers. This internship definitely gave me the job experience I needed to improve myself on a professional and personal level.

While working for Congressman Hensarling, I was able to experience, firsthand, the establishment of policy at the national level. It is my dream to one day work in foreign affairs and to be a part of the institution of policy that will directly affect different cultures that live in turmoil. It is my desire to make a difference in this world adn to create opportunity for future generations. I hope that my future will involve experiencing new cultures adn societies throughout the world and helping them in any way that I can. This internship has allowed me to learn from and establish relationships with individuals who share my same concerns.

This program is made possible by people like you who give without expecting anything in return. I am forever grateful for your endless devotion and kindness to Texas A&M University adn its students.




Respectfully,

Stephanie Grafe





Dear TGFA,


I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am for your support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Without your support, I would have never had the opportunity to intern with the U.S. House of Representatives Commitee on Agriculture for the fall semester of 2009.

I have had many great experiences over the past few onths that I would not trade for anything. The most memorable event was meeting Emmitt Smith. I randomly met him in the hall during lunch one day and was obliged to show him the nearest elevator. One day began with a photo with Congressman Frank D. Lucas, the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, and proceeded when he took all the interns to lunch in the Congress Cafe located inside the Capitol. My favorite experience outside of the office was a trip to Gettysburg National Park. Visiting the battlefield alone was moving enough, but add the changing of the leaves adn the level of emotion was magnified. The mixture of the historical background and the beautiful scenery made it the best trip I have ever taken.

After working with policy, I have decided that I would like to work on a congressional staff if the opportunity presented itself. This internship has given me a great start when I begin looking for a job. I have also met some great peole that would be willing to help me look for a job after my graduation in December 2010.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program and for providing this opportunity for past, present adn future interns.



Sincerely,

Patrick McMahon






Dear TGFA,

I would like to take a moment to thank you fo rall of your dedication and support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. As a result of your benevolence, I have been given the astounding opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. during the fall 2009 semester. The opportunity to learn firsthand fromt eh men and women that are shaping our economy's future is one experience most cannot even begin to imagine. This internship will be immeasurable in teh knowledge gained from learning the history of our society's foundation/economic system that our country is established and operates on. This opportunity wil further my knowledge and increase my scope of education needed beyond my main fields of study, agriculture economics and Spanish, as I approach my December 2010 graduation.

I have grown up participating in 4-H, FFA and school leadership activities. I have continued down this path throughout my career at Texa A&M Universityby my involvement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, Aggie Representatives, Agriculture Economics Society and Anthropoloty Club. Bein a part of a team taught me to work with others in order to improve as a team as well as on a personal level. Participating in and representing thee organizations has givenme the opportunity to make a difference and be a part of something bigger than myself. The range of diversity of these experiences and activities has contributed to shaping me into a well-rounded person, significantly developing the attitude and motivation needed to succeed.

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, experiencing every culture and society throughout the world, helping people in any way possible. Once I started taking classes at Texas A&M, I found out more about myself and what I truly cared about. After completing several economic courses, I realized that I definitely wanted to apply economics and teh relations of agriculture and environmental needs to improve societies in turmoil.

After an intense selection process, I was chosen by Congressman Jeb Hensarling's office as an intern for the fall. I look forward to learning all that i can during my time there encompassing all types of policy but especially agricultural policy. I planto start graduate school at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. under the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Program after completing my undergraduate degree. I plan to pursue a career through international relations where I will be able to travel around the world helping societies adn ecomonies through environmental and agricultural means.

As I leave my hometown, Boerne, I know this opportunity will open many doors and give me the experience needed to prepare me to excel in my future aspirations. This internship in Washington, D.C. will be a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you again for making it possible.


Respectfully,


Stephanie Grafe





 
Dear TGFA,

I wanted to thank you for your support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Your helpful contributions have made it possible for students to partake in this wonderful opportunity to live and work on Capitol Hill.

During my internship, I have enjoyed some wonderful opportunities andmade some great memories. I have had teh amazing opportunity to meet and visit with the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, along with other fellow interns. Other great memories include taking pictures for our media staff during a joint committee hearing between teh House Agriculture Committee adn the House Financial Services Committee withere the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner was the sole witness. I have also enjoyed visiting the museums, memorials and monuments during my free time. There is just so much history here in Washington and I learned a little more every day.

This experience has taught me so much about agriculture, and if I choose to pursue my career elsewhere, the knowledge that I have gained here will be invaluable. Not only will this knowledge help me in my career path, it can also help my family and neighbors back in my hometown. Knowledge and awareness is a powerful tool and this experience has taught me so much and made me more aware of what goes on in our country.

I have recently been hired to continue working for teh House Agriculture Committee upon completion of my internship. I could not be more thankful and grateful to you fo rmaking this program possible. Again, thank you!


Respectfully,


Mary Nowak






  Dear TGFA,

I would like to thank you for your support of Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Due to your generous donation, I have been given the opportunity to live and work in Washington, D.C. for the fall semester of 2009. This internship will helpme to gain the knowledge andexperience that will benefit me when I graduate in December of 2010 with an Entomology degree.

I have been lucky enough to be involved in some great organizations during my time at Texas A&M. My first year at A&M, I applied and was chosen as a counselor for Fish Camp. I enjoyed my experience with Fish Camp so much, I chose to go back for more that second year! Fish Camp gave me the opportunity to serve as a role model for incoming students and help them as they adjusted to Texas A&M University. As a counselor, we were assigned a small group of freshmen to prepare them for their first year in college by telling them what to expect adn how they could deal with adversity. My third year in college I decided to forego camp and applied for MSC Hospitality - known as the official service organization of Texas A&M and the members of the organization and volunteer around the campus and community. After one year in this organization, I have found numerous ways to get involved with the local community especially by volunteering with the other organization members. Through these organizations, I have gained great social skills along with leadership skills that will benefit me outside of college.

After completing the application process for the internship this past spring, I was chosen for the minority side of teh House Committee on Agriculture. I will use this experience to gain insighe in the policies that affect agriculture and how they are made. I hope to use this knowledge to help me gain employment with the USDA after graduation. With my family being from Coleman, Washington, D.C. will be a brand new experience for me.

I really look forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. this fall. Thank you again for making this experience available to me through your donation.

Sincerely,


Patrick McMahon



Dear TGFA,

Thank you so much for your gift to the TGFA Congressional Internship Endowed Scholarship! Your gift provides more opportunities for students adn helps continue the goals of excellence here at Texas A&M. As a student here, I have experienced firsthand the benefits of receiving scholarships and internship opportunities. The impact your gift makes on students is tremendous and much appreciated. Your generosity is inspiring and I hoe that one day I will be able to give back to Texas A&M as you have.

 




Dear TGFA, 


My last month in D.C. was filled with just as much excitement as the first three.. and I can't believe it's over! I got to go to the Supreme Court on April 22 to hear an oral argument for Ricci v. DeStefano.  It was one of the more popular cases chosen so the place was PACKED and there were several TV stations filming outside!  There was a waiting line to get in just to be able to sit for 3 minutes and listen.  Once I finally got in, I was allowed to stay for the last 30 minutes since I was an intern on Capitol Hill!

The next week, several of us got to go meet Congressman Edwards.  He set up a time for the Aggie interns to come to his office so he could talk to us about our internships.  It was really neat to get to meet him and hear how he became a Congressman.

In my last two weeks, I got to meet and take pictures with Senator Hutchison and Senator Cornyn at events they have each week to meet constituents.  I also got to go on a tour of the capitol dome with one of our staff members!  He was taking a group and invited me to come along.

 

A few of the places I’ve been:

 

Washington Monument (inside)

White House Garden Tour

National Geographic Society

Cathedral of St. Matthew The Apostle

Charles Sumner School

Einstein Monument at The National Academy of Sciences

DAR Headquarters (toured)

Department of the Interior Museum

Heurich House Museum (outside)

National Trust for Historic Preservation (outside)

Wadsworth House (outside)

Washington Club (outside)

Anderson House (outside)

Woodrow Wilson House (toured)

Textile Museum

Embassy Row

D.C. WWI Veterans Memorial

Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (inside)

Dumbarton House (tour)

Oak Hill Cemetery

Mount Zion Cemetery

Tudor Place (tour)

Dumbarton Oaks (toured gardens)

Old Stone House (outside)

Montpelier (tour)

Monticello (tour)

U.S. Capitol Dome (tour)

Old Stone House (inside)

C&O Canal

Washington Harbor

Blues Alley

Dean & Deluca (inside)

Forrest-Marbury House (outside)

Halcyon House (outside)

Worthington House (outside)

Prospect House (outside)

Georgetown University (outside)

Cox’s Row

St. John’s House (outside)

Berry House (outside)

Laird-Dunlop House (outside)

Library of Congress Reading Room

Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms (toured)

U.S. National Arboretum

 

So after four months in Washington, D.C., sorting 5144 faxes and 20968 digital and physical pieces of mail, giving 23 tours to a total of 98 people, and about 13 hours of airports and planes on the way back, I write you from home, sweet home in Buda, Texas.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Greaves

 

 


Dear TGFA, 

I would like to thank you for your generous contribution to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program. Because of your monetary support, I have the ability to intern in the office of Congressman Charles Gonzalez in the spring of 2009. I am eager to begin this internship following my December graduation and to use it to gain skills which will allow me to becme a more dynamic and coordinated professional. 
Sincerely,

During my time at Texas A&M, I participated in many academic and extra-curricular endeavors that have allowed me to gain hands-on leadership experience. As a recreation, park and tourism sciences major, I have interned at several summer cmps, the Walt Disney World Resort and TAMU Challenge Works, Texas A&M's challenge course, and have learned concrete skills needed by modern park and recreation professionals. In addition, as an executive board member for the Texas A&M Hillel foundation and an event planner for the Aggie Girl Scouts, I have overcome real-world challenges adn faced realistic obstacles. These experiences have givenme knowledge and confidence that will guide me throughout this internship and my future career.

As a native Houstonian, I am looking forward to exploring Washington, DC and its local park system, and understanding the differences in spatial orientation and park design between the two cities. I am also hoping to use my internship experience to better understand the value of park systems to both urban and rural communities, as well as to comprehend how parks and recreation professionals canoffer mutual benefit to rural agricultural communities, in addition to the natural habitats and green spaces of those communities. It is with great honor and excitement that I look forward to my internship in DC. Thank you again for your generous support of myself and all of the interns as we take advantage of thsi incredible oportunity.

 

 

 Lauren Reichstein

 

 

 

 

Dear TGFA,

I would like to take the time to thank you very much for your support of Texas A&M University and, more importantly, the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. This summer has flown by and many exciting things have happened along the way. These experiences I have gained while both living on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and working in the office of Ruben Hinojosa have been amazing.

This summer, I was one of the interns in the Congressman's Washington office, but this did not mean that there was a shortage of work to be done. Each of the interns had a different set of interests, so we had the opportunity to divide up the hearings and briefings that we each wanted to attend. As an Agricultural Engineering major, I was very interested in renewable energy legislation and technological advances and attended numerous briefings on this subject. I know that my parents always enjoyed having an insider view on what was happening with the Farm Bill, when that important piece of legislation was being debated on the House Floor.

Along with attending briefings, while at work I also had teh opportunity to give Capitol Tours for constituents that were visiting DC. These tours were always fun to give, as I enjoyed spreading the sense of patriotism and national pride that is so contagious in our nation's capital. Each of these tours invloved taking a trip over to visit the House Galleries to watch history in the making as the Members of Congress debated a range of issues.

Besides working on the weekdays, I had the opportunity to travel throughout the city of Washington and visit almost every Smithsonian Museum. (At least those that were not under construction.) My personal favorites were the Museum of Natural History and the National Portrait Gallery. I also was lucky enough to tour the White House wit the office of one of my fellow interns from A&M.

Because I was in DC for such a long time, I had the chance to watch all of the festivities, including an awesome parade. The best holiday had to be the 4th of July, though. The day started off with a huge parade and then my friends and I went to the Mall to check out the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival that was going on. After that, we went to what I call the "backyard" of the Capitol to listen to the National Symphony Orchestra whle watching the most amazing fireworks show in the country! Every set of fireworks seemd to be the grand finale and theshow went on for over 10 minutes.

This summer has definitely been one that I could never forget and I thank you very much for your support of this program. I have learned a great deal about how the federal government actually works throughout this internship. I also got the opportunity to tour our nation's capital and see everything you hear about in textbooks in school. I hope to take everything I learned here this summer and pass that knowledge on to others who have not had a chance to experience this.

Thank you again,

Mary Thelen

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Katie Moody




NEW! Dear TGFA,

I would first like to thank you for your financial contributions to Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Due to your support, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to live and work in our nation's capital this summer after I graduate. After four years of classes, studying, and athletic and social events, I am set to graduate with a degree in Agricultural Economics. I feel that this experience is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that will further my education and knowledge. I am so proud and privileged to represent Texas A&M in Washington, D.C.

During my time here at Texas A&M, I have been involved in the Agricultural Economics Society which has stimulated my growth in teamwork, leadership and interpersonal communication. I have also worked at the Burleson Country Title Company in the policy department; anexperience that has better prepared me for my future. This work experience has taught me many lessons about integrity, character and moral responsibility and has made me a more confident individual. 

After anintense and rigorous application an interviewing process last fall, I was chosen as an intern by the House Committee on Agriculture, Minority party. I look forward to seeing the policy making process first hand, especially in agriculture. I am excited and ready for any project or task they have in store for me. Growing up on a farm in Caldwell, I have never fully understood the issues. Hopefully, with this better perspective, I can make a difference in my community. Making a difference and having a positive effect on the lives of others has always been a goal ofmine and I feel that this internship can help me achieve this by being more knowledgeable about agriculture policy.

Thank you again for making this once in a lifetime experience possible for me this summer. I am truly excited about this amazing opportunity!

Sincerely,

Mary Nowak

 




Dear TGFA,

Howdy. I have recently concluded my Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy internship that was made possible for me through youand your association. While words cannot fully express the experience that I had while living and working in our Nation's Capitol this summer, I can only tell you that because of your donation, it allowed me to see a new side of politics that I never knew existed. Throughout my three months on Capitol Hill, I had the opportunity to meet staff and various individuals that I would have never thought I would meet including Charlie Stenholm, various military ment and women at the Walter Reed Medical Base and the Hancock family who raised Smarty Jones and three other Kentucky Derby winners.

Also, during my internship, I learned various skills that will stay with me throughout the rest of my college career and on into the real world. I learned a wide array of skills that are necessary in society from how to handle and properly assess constituent's concerns all the way to how to properly write memos and briefs over Congressional hearings that I attended for the legislative staff. While working for Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez was not only a privilege and a pleasure, I can only urge more individuals to get involved and apply for the ANRP internship program and truly have a life changing experience.

Individuals like you that support and believe in young people make it easier for us to achieve our goals. Not only are you improving the lives of young people, you are also improving agriculture. I personally want to thank you for your scholarship donation. And, I one day hope to have the opportunity to help and support someone else's dreams.

Sincerely,

Joshua Maas


 



Dear TGFA,

I am writing you this letter to send my sincere thanks and appreciation for the donations your organization made to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Internship Program. The donations you made allow interns like me to stay in a comfortable and safe environment while interning in Washington, D.C. I will be interning at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). The opportunity to participate in this internship will give me a chance to network as well as give me experience in agriculture and natural resource policy at the federal and state governmental levels.

I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2006 with a B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management. The degree gives me a lot of flexibility with a sound technical foundation with skills in business management and sales. I hope to use my skills that I have obtained from this major to get a job with the USDA as a Program Analyst. Currently, I am interning through the Environmental Carers Organization in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the Potomac Rive National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Woodbridge Virginia. This internship allowed me to learn more about managing land and wildlife in an urban environment. There are some very complex issues that are being considered right now and i have had an opportunity to give input and learn about conservation and planning.

My hometown is Luling, Texas, although I graduated high school in San Antonio from John Marshall. My family does some small scall farming and ranching in the Luling area and I hope to be able to contribute more when I return to Texas. Again, I want to express my appreciation for your support of the Agricultural an Natural Resource Policy Internship.

Sincerely,

Elvin Andres Steans

 




Dear TGFA,

I would like to thank you again for your generous contribution to the ANRP Congressional Internship Program. For the past few months, I have been living and working in Washington, D.C. for the House Committee on Agriculture and would not have been able to do so without your assistance.

As a sophomore Agribusiness major pursuing a Certificate of International Trade in Agriculture through the Department of Agricultural Economics, this internship has allowed me to observe and comprehend the inner -workings of our government system. I have always been interested in public policy, and I feel that having worked with the House Committee on Agriculture has only increased my interest in agricultural and foreign policy.

I have gained valuable experience in and out of the office as well as during my time in Washington, D.C. I believe I have grown as an individual adjusting to life in a large city as well as a professional learning to work in the real world. I know I will be able to apply these important skills in the future ahead of me.

Thank you for giving me the chance to explore and understand our public policy sector. I have gained a better understanding of our government policies and the effects they have on our world by participating in this distinguished program. I have enjoyed my time interning for the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Words cannot express my gratitude for all of teh wonderful opportunities and experiences I have had over the past few months.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Meisner

 




Dear TGFA,

Howdy, I am a recipient of a scholarship sponsored by you and your association for the Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Internship. I am a first generation Aggie, born and raised in Magnolia. While in college I have joined various clubs such as the Wildlife Society and Business Administration Society, but recently I joined teh Sports Official Association. Not only am I a member of the association, but I became an umpire for intramural slow pitch softball. I will be a senior Agribusiness major this fall and will be graduating in May of 2997. After graduation, I hope to work in the agricultural sector.

After visiting D.C. for the National FFA Convention in High School, I have always wanted to go back and experience the city over an extended period of time and with your contribution you will allow me to do that. Having the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. and work for Congressman Charles Gonzales of San Antonio will be the highlight of my college career. I have always ben interested in how politics on Capital Hill can play a crucial role in determining the agenda of our agriculture sector. The internship will not only provide me with a behind teh scenes view into what goes into policy makng, but it will also show me that farmers are not the only people affected by ag policy. The effect of one policy can have a lasting affect on the rest of the United States.

Individuals like you that support and believe in young people make it easier for us to achieve our goals. Not only are you improving the lives of young people, you are also improving agriculture. I personally want to thank you for your scholarship donation. And, I hope one day to have the opportunity to help and support someone else's dreams.

Sincerely,

Joshua Maas

 




Dear TGFA,

Aloha from Iraq! Baghdad is hot, dusty and full of bombs! They love to mortar us, but even worse, I sure miss farming and ranching in Texas! I would trade all of the goats in Iraq for a TGFA t-shirt. Can you help me?

Thanks.

Clay Conley
B CO 2/299 Infantry
(TGFA responded by sending Clay a TGFA running shirt, denim shirt , matching denim hat and logo pins.)





Dear TGFA,

   My name is Byron Smith. I am one of the Texas A&M students that, thanks to your donation to the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program, will be traveling to
Washington, DC to work for the spring semester of 2005. I will be working in the office of Rep. Jeb Hensarling from the 5th District of Texas. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and cannot begin to thank you enough.

   I am graduating this December with a BS in Agricultural Systems Management. I am originally from Angleton, Texas. I began my college career at Brazosport College in Clute, Texas with aspirations of attending Texas A&M after the time at junior college. Instead of going directly to A&M, I first went to McMurry University and studied computer information systems. While there, I was team captain of the swim team that won a conference championship. Shortly after the completion of the fall semester, I decided that I belonged at Texas A&M and that it why I am here today.

   I am an avid outdoorsman. I love hunting, fishing and just spending time in the outdoors. I have limited first-hand experience with the agricultural industry, but due to its importance to all of our lives, decided that a major in this field was what I should do.

   I believe that sending students with an education in agriculture to Washington, DC will provide a valuable experience fore the students that will end up being the agricultural leaders of tomorrow. Thank you so much for your support in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program and for providing students like me this amazing educational experience.

Sincerely,

 

Byron J. Smith





Dear TGFA,

I am writing to thank you for yours and your company's generosity and support of the Washington, D.C. internship program that is offered through Texas A&M's Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. I had the good fortune last month to find out that I had been selected to participate in this program and this week was notified that it was through your backing that I will be able to afford to participate.

I will be working in Congressman Michael Burgess' office. He is the congressman for the Texas 26th Congressional District which includes Denton, Flower Mound and, of all places, Keller, Texas.

I am a fighting Texas Aggie, class of 2005. My Texas roots are in Katy, TX, but because of my father's job in the industry, I have lived in Norway and Egypt. I am a senior at Texas A&M, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management with a minor in Business.

Outside of studies my time has been spent working with two outstanding organizations. The first is Camp Huawni, which is a summer camp for children ages 6 to 16. I have been able to work with this group for six summers and hope to return again this year. The other organization is Texas A&M's T-Camp. T-Camp is a student driven organization that provides transfer students with a fun, informative four-day orientationexperience.

One of my reasons for seeking out this internship is to learn how our government works and how I can best serve it. When growing up I had the unique opportunity to live overseas and would like to xompare those governments to ours. I am also looking forward to the chance to learn more about myself - how well I can work in a professional environment, how to work under pressure and to get a taste for life outside of school.

Again, thank you so much for not only the support that you have provided me, but all the support that you have provided to this organization and its students. Individually, and as part of the great Texas A&M community, I very much appreciate what you are doing for us.

Sincerely,

Andrew L. Keller





Dear TGFA,


Time has flown and I have done my best to see it all! I have seen a presidential election up close and personal. I have seen how decisions made here affect the war in Iraq. I have seen the opening of the new Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian. I have seen the resignation of and appointees to several top administration positions. In short, Washington, D.C., has been the center of attention for the past several months and I have seen it.

Weekend excursions have found me traveling anywhere and everywhere from Charlottesville, Virginia to New York City. These adventures have allowed me to see and experience the history and the people of our great nation. Much like the vast array of persons, lifestyles and occupations that I saw, the legislative and political environment of Congress is quite diverse. The great volume and number of issues alone can be overwhelming!

After working "behind the scenes" in Representative Henry Bonilla's office, I have a greater respect for our Congressmen and their staffs. I admire how much the staff operates as a team to find the most relevant information to help the Congressman face an issue and make a decision. Being a part of this team has been a great experience.

Thank you for helping me see. Your support of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Public Policy Congressional Internship Program at Texas A&M University allowed me to experience this opportunity and opened my eyes to our legislative process like never before.

God Speed,

Tom Ben Williams

 

 
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