The Agricultural & Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program offers many benefits from paid internships and academic credit to getting connected with the Aggie network! Most of all, an ANRP internship will give you a chance to try out a potential career risk-free!
This is your chance to gain real work experience that many employers are looking for today. Let ANRP be the experience that opens doors to your future! To learn more about all that the ANRP Internship Program has to offer, check out the benefits below.
The ANRP Internship Program is only able to provide housing for its Washington, D.C. interns. These fully-furnished apartments are located in Arlington, Virginia, which is a short 15-25 minute metro ride from Capitol Hill and downtown D.C. The neighborhood is close to shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, dry cleaning, and public transportation. Everything you need is right at your fingertips!
Housing accommodations are not provided for interns in the Austin, Texas or Rome, Italy programs. Interns for these two program locations are responsible for securing their own housing for the duration of the internship.
Program Stipend and/or Scholarship
|Location||Fall or Spring||Summer|
|Washington, D.C.||Housing provided by ANRP and $500 monthly stipend provided by hosting office.||Housing provided by ANRP and $500 monthly stipend provided by hosting office.|
|Austin, Texas||$1000 monthly stipend provided by hosting office during the legislative session||n/a|
|International||$2500 program scholarship||$2000 program scholarship|
Stay on track for graduation! Prospective ANRP interns are highly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss how participation in ANRP could impact the student’s degree plan prior to submitting an ANRP application. Please talk to your academic advisor about receiving course credit while interning with the ANRP Internship Program.
All ANRP interns are required to enroll in academic credit during the internship semester. Specific coursework will depend on the individual student’s degree plan requirements. Students should work with their academic departments to determine which course(s) are the most appropriate for the internship. Traditionally these are listed as directed studies, special topic, or independent study courses and are 1-6 credit hours.
Undergraduates participating in either the Washington, D.C. or Austin, Texas program after graduation may enroll in a zero (0) hour course during the internship semester. Students participating in the Rome, Italy program are required to enroll in at least one (1) credit hour.
In addition to the ANRP coursework, some students gain additional hours that count towards graduation by enrolling in online coursework during the internship semester. However, because ANRP interns work 40 hours per week, the ANRP Internship Program staff does not recommend enrolling in more than six (6) credit hours.
Need a gap semester before starting graduate school or entering the professional arena? Participate in either the Washington, D.C. or Austin, Texas program the semester after you graduate!
Graduating seniors may intern with either of the domestic programs after finishing their degree. ANRP staff will have you flagged as a “U5 – postbaccalaureate undergraduate” (continuing student) with the Registrar’s Office, which allows you to participate in the program post-graduation. May graduates may intern with ANRP in either the summer or fall, August graduates are eligible to participate in the fall, and December graduates are eligible for the spring.
Graduate and doctoral students cannot intern with ANRP after they graduate.
The economy, education, health care, transportation, housing, the environment, energy, jobs — virtually every aspect of daily life is affected by public policy decisions at all levels of government activity. Who makes important policy decisions, in what manner, and based on what evidence or criteria are issues of utmost importance, especially as public problems grow ever more complex, interconnected, global, and multi-generational. These challenges demand rigorous analysis, the capacity to weigh multiple and often equally compelling policy choices, and a subtle understanding of the strategies needed to turn policy choices into impact. ANRP interns will gain a macro-level understanding of policy as well as participate in the policy process during their experience.
As an ANRP intern, you can take advantage of opportunities to meet professionals working in your area of interest, helping to hone your leadership skills and learn about career development. Interacting daily with co-workers and community members will polish your communication skills, giving you knowledge that will make you an asset in any other position in your future. As a full-time staff member of your office, you have an outstanding training ground to practice your professional skills and start building your career network!
Internships are now a vital part of a successful college education. Internships are about gaining experience and making contacts in the professional world. They are about learning how to adapt in a new environment and interacting with professionals. Once accepted to the program, program staff meet with you as a cohort and individually to enhance your resume, cover letters, and policy papers. When interviewing for jobs, it is important that your potential employer sees you have practical work experience.
Policy affects everything! Therefore, having a policy-related internship on your resumé shows potential employers that you understand this critical building block. Interning away from Aggieland shows your ability to adapt to new environments, improve your cultural competencies, and contribute to our world as a global citizen.
Training & Support
Starting a new job, moving to a new city, and learning the ropes can be tough; but the ANRP Internship Program helps you navigate the road to success!
Never been to Austin or D.C.? New to the professional working environment? Don’t know much about the policy process? That’s okay! The ANRP Internship Program staff is here to help you at each step of the way before, during, and after your internship.
Before leaving campus…
- ANRP staff assists you in preparing for the final interview so you can be well-versed and ready to impress any potential internship site.
- As an ANRP intern, you will meet the other Aggie interns in your cohort, get to know the program staff, and receive help in preparing for your internship.
- You will participate in several training sessions with program staff, campus administrators, and other knowledgeable speakers to learn about what to expect in and out of a professional office environment.
- The program staff works with you to enhance your cover letter and resume for future use.
Once in your internship…
- You can participate in events with speakers and get connected with the Aggie Network to learn more about how to make the most of your internship semester.
- You will attend meetings with the program staff and Resident Assistant (D.C. participants only) to check-in throughout the semester and ensure a good experience.
- There is an outstanding network of resources and contacts for you to make the most of your internship semester. Former ANRP interns, the local A&M Clubs, the Texas A&M Research Foundation, and many others are ready and willing to help Aggie interns!
Following your internship…
- Whether you return to campus, take a job in Austin/D.C. or elsewhere, or go on to professional school, the ANRP network will continue to be a resource for you.
- Interns who return to campus will have many opportunities to share their experience with other students at Texas A&M University such as at career fairs and other social events.
Rome, Italy Internships
Before leaving campus…
- As a ANRP intern, you will attend multiple training sessions, meet the other Aggie interns in your cohort, get to know the program staff, and receive help in preparing for your internship.
- Although ANRP does not provide housing to its Rome interns, you will be given advice passed down from former interns.
- You will participate in training sessions with program staff and other guest speakers to learn about what to expect in and out of a professional office environment abroad.
- ANRP staff will check in with you throughout the semester to help ensure a good experience.
- There is an Aggie network abroad that you can use as a resource to make the most of your internship semester. Students may utilize the Find an Aggie feature on The Association of Former Student’s website.
Following your internship abroad…
- Whether you return to campus, take a job abroad or elsewhere, or go on to professional school, the ANRP network will continue to be a resource for you.
- Interns who return to campus will have many opportunities to share their experience with other students. Former interns also assist with recruiting efforts.