Dalhart High School graduate chosen to work in D.C.
COLLEGE STATION –Luke Gallegos, a 2004 graduate of Dalhart High School and a dairy science major at Texas A&M University, recently began a spring 2010 internship in Washington, D.C. Luke will spend the spring as an integral part of Congressman Jeb Hensarlling’s team.
Luke is one of thirteen students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Luke’s duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, researching and responding to constituent requests, and preparing reports for senior staff members. Luke is the son of Richard and Sheila Gallegos.
“This internship program plays an integral role at Texas A&M.,” says Breanne Svehla, director of the ANRP Internship Program. “It gives agricultural students the opportunity to gain real world experience in a challenging and rewarding environment The ANRP Internship Program is one of the few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today’s agricultural students into tomorrow’s leaders.”
The program is in its 20th year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, approximately 700 Aggies have worked in Washington D.C. through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship. Scholarships are provided by private donors and commodity organizations, such as; the Texas Corn Producers Board, the Texas Grain & Feed Association, Blue Bell Creameries, Texas Farm Bureau, the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, and Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. To learn more about Luke and his experiences, visit the program’s website at http://agintern.tamu.edu.