Chairwoman Stabenow offers spring, summer, and fall internship and fellowship positions on the Agriculture Committee to qualified candidates. The program is an opportunity for motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to contribute to a fast paced Senate committee. Successful candidates have a strong academic record; a demonstrated interest in agriculture, nutrition, forestry, energy, trade, or environmental issues; and an excellent work ethic.
Interns are exposed to all areas of Committee jurisdiction. Intern responsibilities vary greatly and range from assisting with administrative and office duties to working with the legislative staff. Specific tasks might include assisting with phones, preparing for hearings, attending briefings, drafting policy memos, and conducting research projects. Committee interns work closely with intern coordinators to gain a firsthand look into the legislative and political processes on the Hill.
Fellows are typically students in advanced degree programs and are expected to have a more focused interest in an area of Committee jurisdiction. Fellows work directly with Committee staff and assist with legislative research projects, hearings, and other substantive assignments. Candidates from all fields are welcome to apply. Past fellows have come from a variety of educational backgrounds including law, veterinary sciences, environmental sciences, and agricultural economics.
The Committee fills intern and fellow positions on a rolling basis, so prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their information as early as possible.