COLLEGE STATION - Madison Stewart, a 2009 graduate of Mason High School who earned her agricultural leadership and devlopment degree from Texas A&M University in May, recently began a summer 2012 internship in Washington, D.C. She will spend the summer as an integral part of the Office of the Honorable Congressman Francisco Canseco.
Madison is one of fourteen students selected for a policy intership through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Madison's duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports. Madison is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marty and Darla Pape.
"This internship program plays an integral role at Texas A&M," says Heather Wheeler, director of the ANRP Internship Program. "It gives agricultural students the opportunity to gain real world experience in a challenging and rewarding environment. The ANRP Internship Program is one of the few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today's agricultural students into tomorrow's leaders."
The program is in its 22nd year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 750 Aggies have worked in Washington, D. C. through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship. Scholarships are provided by private donors and commodity organizations, such as the Texas Corn Producers Board, the Texas Grain & Feed Association, Blue Bell Creameries, Texas Farm Bureau, the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. To learn more about Madison and her experiences, visit the program's website at agintern.tamu.edu .