Kent Brookins,

Kent is a rising junior from New Paris, IN majoring in  quantitative agricultural economics and minoring in crop science. He is a brother of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, the Agribusiness Club Treasurer and is starting an undergraduate research project with a public policy specialist in the Department of  Agricultural Economics. Kent decided he wanted to go to Washington DC when he found himself wanting to know more about the Farm Bill. He said that it has been a nagging thought since middle school; I know the basics of how bills and laws are made but nothing finite like the lobbying process or how communication between groups are done. I want to be able to live in it and talk about it to everyone around me. Kent will be able to fulfill his goals by interning with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Joan Jordan,

Joan is a rising junior from Richmond, IN majoring in agribusiness with a concentration in agrimarketing, with  aspirations of a dual degree in pre communication. Joan's career goals lie in either agriculture  policy or sales. She has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in an agricultural economics sales class. Joan grew up on a grain and farrow to finish hog farm. This past summer she worked at the Wayne County Extension Office and for Indiana Farm Bureau during the Indiana State Fair. Interning in Washington DC has given Joan an opportunity to step outside of her comfort zone and see a different side of agriculture. This summer, Joan is working on the hill for Michigan's Congressman Dan Benishek.

Anthony Ruberti,

Anthony is a rising senior from Vineland, NJ majoring in environmental and natural resources engineering. Anthony’s passions lay with environmental issues such as water quality and quantity, environmental policy and entrepreneurship. He served as an  undergraduate teaching assistant in an introduction to environmental science class and a communication across cultures class. He is an Agricultural Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and has traveled to Haiti to learn about the existing issues of malnutrition, health, economics and to develop   potential strategies for improved clean water access. He will intern at the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this summer with plans to work in the Nonpoint Source Pollution Branch on emerging contaminants.

Andrew Sokolchik,

Andrew is a rising senior from the Republic of Belarus,     majoring in  agricultural economics and minoring in sociology. Although he has lived in the United States for   several years, he just  recently became a citizen. Andrew said that his interest in Washington DC comes from his passion of history, culture and law. He was able to visit our nation’s capital during his sophomore year of high school, after returning he knew he wanted to learn as much as he could and to one day return to Washington. Although he could not take part in governmental internships because of his citizenship status, he did not let his current situation stop him from exploring DC as a topic of interest. He was involved in the Purdue Student Government Presidential Campaign and   studied abroad in  Ireland this past semester. Andrew will be working at the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) this summer.

Katherine Wilkes,

Katherine is a rising junior from Livonia, MI majoring in food science and is interning at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) this summer. As a high school    senior, Katherine interned with the Livonia Public Schools’ Department of Food Service. experienced  firsthand the impact of budget cuts on school nutrition, the privatization of school lunch programs and the challenges of keeping school lunches healthy and delicious on a budget. She traveled to Michigan’s capitol for hearings,  meetings and to personally speak to State Senator Carl Levin about  defending school districts’ rights to choose how to best feed their students. Katherine’s internship experiences and undergraduate research in nutrition science have exposed her to current issues like obesity, food safety and  consumer education. Katherine closely follows the changes evolving within the food industry and wants to one day advocate for science-based  policy-making.