AGEC Student Spends Summer in Nation’s Capitol
Written by Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor
Morgan Widner (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Goodland) has always been intrigued by agricultural policy and the unique role it plays in the agriculture industry. “The side of agriculture I get most excited about is where the science and production overlap with connecting with people. Policy is about people at it's core: it's intended to help people and solve problems, and a great network of people are needed to make that happen.”
Morgan’s interest in this area of policy lead her to spending her summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the House of Representatives for Congressman Jim Baird (IN-4). His appointment on the House Committees on Agriculture and Science, Space and Technology allowed her to work on a lot of areas related to her studies at Purdue. Morgan’s responsibilities included corresponding with constituents, attending hearings and briefings, giving tours of the Capitol Building, and assisting the legislative team with various tasks.
Aside from typical job responsibilities, Morgan learned a lot about the Capitol Building itself. Being an intern allowed her to see things the public typically doesn’t get to including the Brumidi Corridors, the Senate bathtubs, and the chamber under the Rotunda where George Washington was meant to be laid to rest. She also loved sharing ghost stories with visitors and was surprised to learn you could tour the Capitol Dome.
Looking back at her summer, Morgan describes the value of her internship experience as second to none. “Spending a summer interning in DC was a really important experience for me professionally. I made a lot of great friends and connections. I think internships are great because you can get a feel for what a field might be like as a career one day, which is exactly what I was looking for while working on the Hill.”