Texas Tech University

MILE Program Overview

The MILE Program provides unique leadership and professional development experiences during a three-semester cohort, which is up of 14 selected students that represent each CASNR undergraduate academic department. Students enroll in a MILE course each semester of the cohort and receive a leadership certificate upon completion of the MILE Program.

MILE curriculum is delivered through experiential learning opportunities that include on- and off-campus workshops and tours. These experiences give participants exposure to the diverse issues affecting agriculture and public policy. Each cohort will travel to Austin to meet with state policy makers when the Texas Legislature is in session. Every MILE cohort will also spend a week in Washington, D.C. meeting with government agencies and industry representatives.

Cohort Structure

The MILE cohort timeline is structured to allow each cohort to visit Austin during the Texas legislative session, which occurs every other year on odd-numbered years. Further, each cohort will visit Washington, D.C. during the fall. Students can complete their internship requirements anytime during their MILE cohort or during the fall after graduating from the MILE Program.

Spring – First Semester

  • Enroll in AGSC 2302, Individual Leadership in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Etiquette training
  • Resume and cover letter workshop
  • Media training
  • Livestock tours

Fall – Second Semester

  • Service projects
  • Commodity tours
  • Federal ag policy – Washington, D.C. trip
  • Industry relations

Spring – Third Semester

  • State ag policy – Austin trip
  • Conservation tours
  • Community relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Program graduation

Cohort Schedule

Cohort I

  • Selected Fall 2017
  • Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Cohort II

  • Selected Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

*Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University during the length of their MILE cohort. Students who would graduate from the university prior to the completion of their MILE cohort are not eligible for the program.



Dr. Lindsay Kennedy
MILE Program Director
AGED 108
(806) 742-2816

Matt Williams
Assistant Director of Development
(806) 742-2802

Dr. Cindy Akers
Associate Dean for Academic
& Student Programs
108C Goddard
(806) 742-2808