Ashley Dunkerley, a 2009 graduate of Henrietta High School who has earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications and journalism from Texas A&M, recently began a spring 2013 internship in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Louie Gohmert.
Dunkerley is one of 14 students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program at Texas A&M. Her duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports. Ashley is the daughter of Tony and Cindy Dunkerley of Henrietta.
“This internship program plays an integral role at Texas A&M,” says Heather Wheeler, 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 22nd year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 800 Texas A&M students 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 and Feed Association, Blue Bell Creameries, Texas Farm Bureau, the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, Farm Credit Bank of Texasand Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.