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In 1998, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources established a Government Internship Program for CASNR students. This has turned out to be one of the most significant programs ever put into place. Since establishment of the program, over 100 students have served as interns in congressional and legislative offices in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas.

Our students have worked with Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, US Representatives Mike Conaway, Lamar Smith, Mac Thornberry, Randy Neugebauer, Charles Stenholm, Larry Combest, the House Agriculture Committee, State Senator Robert Duncan, and State Representatives Carl Isett, Gary Walker and David Swinford. The experience gained during a semester as an intern has been invaluable to the students. Several former interns are now employed by the offices in which they worked.

Generous donors have contributed funds making this program possible. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texas Corn Producers Board originally established the program. Others who have joined in supporting the program include Plains Cotton Growers, Texas Corn Growers, Texas Peanut Producers, Texas Wheat Producers, Mr. Dan Taylor, Texas Farm Bureau, South Texas Cotton and Grain and others. The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is extremely grateful for the vision of these donors and their commitment to supporting this worthwhile program.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Cindy Akers
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs
(806) 742-2808
cindy.akers@ttu.edu

Holly Cogdell
Coordinator for Student Retention
(806) 742-2808
holly.cogdell@ttu.edu