Anne Marie Wolff, a 2014 graduate of Natchitoches Central High School and a December 2017 agricultural economics graduate from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors, began an internship in Washington, D.C., in January. Wolff will spend the spring as an integral part of the Office of Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who represents the 5th district of Texas and serves as the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
“I was chosen to work in the Congressman’s office through an interview process with the internship program through Texas A&M,” Wolff said. She is one of 13 students selected for a policy internship through the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Program at Texas A&M University. Her duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for senior staff members.
“My Washington, D.C., experience has truly been exciting and educational,” Wolff said. “My passion for public policy has grown throughout my time working at the Louisiana legislature, with student government at Texas A&M and in my agricultural policy classes. This opportunity has enabled me to expand these experiences and really emerge in the policy making process on Capitol Hill.” Following the completion of this internship in May, Wolff will begin work in June with Ardent Mills in their quality department and leadership development program at a flour mill in Ayer, Mass.
“Since I have been involved with agriculture growing up and at Texas A&M, the upcoming Farm Bill has been an item of personal interest for me. While being in Washington, D.C., I’ve had the opportunity to attend hearings and various events pertaining to the Farm Bill,” Wolff said. “I also enjoyed attending an event with the National Association of Wheat Growers. The company I interned with last summer, and will be starting with full time in June, is involved in the wheat industry, doing flour production. At this event I connected with various people in the wheat industry, tying together my food safety and quality summer internship with my current policy work and then my upcoming job. In addition to looking into specific legislation that is important to Congressman Hensarling’s constituents, I have been able to expand and share the history of the United States and the Capitol with constituents that travel to DC by giving them Capitol tours. One of my favorite things about this job is that no two days are ever the same, as there are always new issues and legislation in the works!”
She is the daughter of Mike and Becky Wolff of Natchitoches.
The program is in its 28th year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations.