Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part series on the interns in congressional offices and farm-related organizations in Washington this summer.  

Each summer, the next generation of staffers, analysts, lobbyists and communications specialists flood organizations and commodity groups.

While in Washington D.C., many interns participate in the Ag Intern network, facilitated by CropLife America, attending "lunch & learns," workshops and networking events. 

Animal Agriculture Alliance hired Sarah Hagenow and Haley Dinterman as summer interns. Hagenow is an agriculture and food business management student at the University of Minnesota, and former intern for the Minnesota Senate. Dinterman, from Oklahoma State, studies agricultural communication and is a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. 

The National Corn Growers Association has added Shelby Basham of Southern Illinois-Carbondale as public policy and analysis intern. Basham, who is double majoring in agriculture communication and agribusiness and economics, previously interned at Animal Agriculture Alliance and serves on the AFA Student Advisory Board.

Abby Loesing of Missouri-Columbia is events management intern at the U.S. Grains Council. She studies agricultural education, communications and leadership and was formerly with Missouri Corn Growers Association. 

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives tapped Audrey De La Zerda, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M, as a summer intern. 

Farm Credit Council hired Milla Douer, environmental science student at Cornell, as its communication intern. She is on Cornell’s Food Systems and Global Change communications team. 

The Corn Refiners Association and the Plant Based Products Council have welcomed new interns: Lindey Helwagen, an environmental science graduate student at Miami of Ohio specializing in environmental and food policy, and Molly Shields, who graduated from Tulane with a degree in political science and is a government relations intern. Shields has experience as a research intern for the Center on Global Food and Agriculture. Isabella Montero, a communication intern from Vanderbilt, brings expertise as a culture, advocacy and leadership undergraduate. She is also an executive member of the Vanderbilt Recording Studio Club.

The Congressional Hunger Center announced intern placements at allied organizations in Washington. Zinnia Robinson, who works with World Food Program USA, is an anthropology and human biology student from Emory. At the Millennium Challenge Corp., Derrick Doh, economics and environmental science student from Stetson University, has been placed. Aicha Abdoulaye, a Concordia major in global studies, is working at Bread for the World. Kayle Lauck, a Notre Dame political science student, is an intern at FoodRecovery.org.

Emily O’Brien is Nutrien's intern in Washington. O’Brien is a political science and government student at West Virginia.

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The National Cotton Council tapped policy interns Brianna Croft of Mississippi State and Zoë Meeks of Texas A&M. Croft is an agribusiness policy and law student who interned at Illinois Corn. Meeks, an agricultural economics student, has spent time in international field work in Mexico. 

At the National Farmers Union, Melany Lopez joined as a summer intern from California-Berkeley. The media studies undergrad has spent time on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern and worked for the Native American Agriculture Fund. Cole Baerlocher joins from Texas A&M as an agricultural communications and journalism student and marketing writer for Texas A&M AgriLife. 

Makayla Eugene is government and industries affairs Intern for Corteva. At North Carolina A&T, Eugene studies agriculture and business management. She’s previously worked for North Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Nutrition, Health, Wellness and Quality of Life. 

Screen-Shot-2024-07-09-at-11.28.13-PM.pngInterns Kylie Schakel, Jake Zajkowski and Samantha Ayoub attend a luncheon hosted by the Corn Refiners Association. 

Cody Cornell is one of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s congressional and stakeholder affairs interns. Cornell is an agricultural science student at Western Illinois. Calihan Waller is joining NIFA from Montana State. Waller is pursuing a double major in agricultural business and political science, and has interned with the American Society of Animal Science. 

Cody Loganbill from Oklahoma State has joined CoBank as government affairs intern.  

Tatum Brunkow has joined Torrey Advisory Group as an intern. Brunkow is an agricultural economics graduate student at the Unversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, after previously interning for Rep. Tracy Mann and Sen. Jerry Moran. Haley Vollmer from Kansas State joined the team at Torrey. Vollmer is a marketing and agriculture communication student, who previously worked with AARP. 

At Bunge, Grace Hogue is working as the summer government affairs intern. Hogue is a master of public policy candidate at American University. 

Katie Powell from Virginia Tech and Jilud Trivisvavet from Cornell are legislative interns for D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services. Powell is an animal and poultry science student, actively involved in Virginia Tech Meat Center and Collegiate Young Farmer program. Trivisvavet is a biotechnology and sustainability undergrad who has worked with Indigo Ag and Inari. 

At the American Farm Bureau Federation, Kylie Schakel joined as the communications and executive intern. From Kansas State, Schakel studies agricultural communications and journalism, with previous experience at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. AFBF’s leadership, education and engagement intern is Kallie Renner. Renner, swho previously worked at Tennessee Farm Bureau, attends Tennessee Tech for agricultural education. Samantha Ayoub, who has an agriculture and resource economics master’s degree from Colorado State, is AFBF’s economics intern. Ayoub has worked for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Tahja Sims is the government affairs intern for the Russell Group. Sims is an agricultural economics student at Texas A&M and has previously interned for Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. 

The U.S. Dairy Export Council tapped Michael Dennis and Mary Claire Mea as summer interns for the organization. Dennis recently graduated from Penn State in agricultural business and management, spending time in horticulture research labs. Mea is a food science, technology, biochemistry student at Virginia Tech with experience in small grains research. 

Allyson Aves joined the National Milk Producers Federation. At Iowa State, Aves studies agricultural and rural policy and works at Iowa State’s Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. 

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