Washington, D.C. is one of the most vibrant and historical cities in the world, and ANRP interns have the unique opportunity to live and work there for a semester!
Spending a semester in our nation’s capital is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where students learn new skills and create professional networks. The ANRP Internship Program provides everything a student from Texas A&M University needs to take advantage of this exceptional experience. Students can both explore their future career path and fulfill their potential, all while enjoying everything the East Coast has to offer!
Working full-time in D.C., ANRP interns obtain an important and rare education – an understanding of the policy process. In today’s world, this awareness is becoming even more important in every field of study. Knowing how to influence change through government at any level can be a crucial step in achieving a personal or professional goal. In addition, living in Washington, D.C. can be a fun and memorable semester away from the classroom. PPIP interns take weekend road trips and explore places like New York City, Gettysburg, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, or just stay in the city and visit the monuments and museums.
Every student has a different experience as an ANRP intern, but every student returns to campus or goes on to the next stage in life with a better understanding of themselves and our government.
As an ANRP intern, you can count on acquiring many different skills in a professional and dynamic work environment! A day in the life of an intern in Washington, D.C., ranges from answering phones and making copies, to attending hearings and briefings, to working directly with a member of Congress on an issue. From day to day, week to week, your role can fluctuate with the changing demands of office staff and congressional objectives.
Every day in Washington, D.C. is a learning experience and a chance to help shape the direction of our country. As an ANRP intern, you can count on an exciting semester that will change your life, focus your career goals, and build your professional network. As a full-time staff member on Capitol Hill or in an agency/organization off The Hill, you are bound to have a work experience unlike any job you have had before. Listed below are potential legislative and routine office duties that an intern may encounter on any given day.
Possible Legislative Duties
- Attend hearings and briefings
- Track current legislation
- Research agricultural/natural resources and/or other public policy issues
- Draft policy briefs and write issue memos for office staff
- Sit in on meetings with special interest groups, constituents, and the congressperson
- Give staff weekly updates on agricultural/natural resources or other assigned issues
Possible Routine Office Duties
- Receive and reply to public inquiries
- Interact with and serve office visitors
- Give tours of the Capitol Building
- Compile and distribute important office documents/briefings
- Work with individual staff members on projects
- Track phone calls, emails, and office visits
- Assist in editing correspondence and press releases
- Draft and send issue letters to constituents
- Complete other basic administrative duties
One of the greatest advantages of becoming an ANRP intern is the chance to live in our nation’s capital ¬¬ an amazing city rich with history and culture! Plus, it is conveniently located close to other major cities on the East Coast, like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City. More specific information about life in and around Washington, D.C. is listed below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the ANRP Internship Program staff.
ANRP has been housing hundreds of interns in Washington, D.C. over the years, and works to make you feel at home during your experience on the east coast. Our housing makes it easy for you to access the National Mall, Congress, Capitol Hill, Congressional Buildings/Offices, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and of course, the museums and national monuments. Our intern housing is Metro accessible. Learn more about your potential home for the semester.
Getting Around the City
Washington, D.C., has one of the best and cleanest public transportation systems in the world with an outstanding subway and bus system! In less than a day, you’ll get the hang of the system and look just like a D.C. insider riding around town. Take a closer look at what the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority has to offer you during your time in the city.
The weather in the area ranges from hot, Texas-like summers to cold, snowy winters. Don’t get left out in the cold! Gain a better idea of what the weather will be like when you plan to intern.
Seeing the Sights
Historic monuments, amazing museums, a lively nightlife, great restaurants, and more will keep you busy for your entire internship! Learn more about what D.C. has to offer from the links below.
Spending a semester as an ANRP intern is a great opportunity to travel to all the historical and exciting places that you have always wanted to see. Colonial Williamsburg, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and more are located just a few hours away. Whether you like exploring big cities or seeing historic landmarks, many adventures lay just outside of Washington, D.C. ANRP interns spend many weekends taking road trips to make the most of their internship experience!