Applications are now being accepted until February 1 for the third year of the Congressional Ag Internship program sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation in cooperation with Alabama’s three land-grant universities — Auburn University, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee University.
"We are pleased to announce we will again offer the Congressional Agricultural Internship program to a selected student of one of our land-grant universities, pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field," said Keith Gray, director of the Federation’s Department of National Affairs. "The program allows a student to gain invaluable public policy experience in the participating congressional office."
According to Gray, a student enrolled in Auburn, A&M or Tuskegee with an interest in federal agriculture, natural resources and environmental policy may be eligible for the program. The selected candidate(s) will attend agriculture committee hearings, prepare briefs, conduct research directly related to federal agriculture policy or rural development, and meet with constituents. College credit may also be earned by giving a written presentation of the internship.
The student will be responsible for his or her own expenses, but will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month during internship which begins March 1 and ends May 31.
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, 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 received by February 1. The first intern selections will be announced in mid-December for the spring semester.