Madisonville native heads to Washington for intern program


COLLEGE STATION -Blane Counsil, a 2015 graduate of Madisonville High School and a Master of Public Service Administration student at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2019 internship in Washington, D.C. Blane will spend the summer as an integral part of the Texas A&M University System-Office of Federal Relations.

Blane is one of 13 students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Blane's duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for senior staff members. Blane is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Terri Counsil.

"The ANRP Internship Program is one of few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today's agricultural students into tomorrow's leaders," said Stephanie Webb, director of the ANRP Internship Program. "Through this opportunity, students use what they have learned in the classroom in a professional work setting. Not only will this D.C. experience be attractive to future employers, but our students are also providing valuable assistance to the offices in which they intern."

The program is in its 29th year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship in the form of housing, which is partly supported by private donors and commodity organizations.