August 28, 2017

Checking in with D.C. intern KathrynAnn Fields

D.C. intern KathrynAnn Fields recaps her internship in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman John Carter. Congratulations on a successful summer in D.C., KathrynAnn!

I knew my first day interning with Congressman John ‘Judge’ Carter was going to be a unique experience. As I made my way through the Rayburn House Building, I recalled these exact hallways as a former intern for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, but this time I knew it was going to be different.  I was impressed with the beauty of the Capitol building, ensconced in history, I thought of all the men and women who have visited the Capitol from all walks of life to learn about the history or influence policy. I felt a wave of emotions; fortunate for the opportunity to intern right here in our Nation’s Capital. Moving forward, I learned the intricacies of how policy is pushed from the ground up. Ultimately entrenched in the policy making process, I bring back many new tools that will not only benefit me throughout my graduate program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, but in my future career.

My primary focus was on agricultural policy.  During my first weeks on the Hill I attended the testimony of Sonny Perdue at the House Agriculture Committee hearing where he spoke about the role farming has on rural economies throughout the U.S. Although I came in with a focus on agriculture I was granted the opportunity to branch out to other areas. Issues related to immigration, homeland security and defense were also part of my portfolio.

The advice I would give to future incoming interns is to speak up about your goals and how you can tailor them to create a unique internship that will be both a learning and fun experience. Keep an open mind as sometimes the smallest things, such as giving Capitol tours, can introduce you to those you may have otherwise never had the chance to meet. Finally, never walk away from an opportunity as it can be rewarding. 

KathrynAnn is one of six 2017 ASAS Science Policy interns. The ASAS Science Policy Internship program is funded by the Jack H. Britt Appreciation Club, the Louis J. Boyd Appreciation Club, the Barb Glenn Appreciation Club, the Harold D. Hafs Appreciation Club, and the Robert G. Zimbelman Appreciation Club.

Read more about KathrynAnn's background in this Taking Stock article.