Published on 05/26/16

CAES students serving as Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.

By Merritt Melancon, Samantha Anderson

Seven University of Georgia students have embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime: serving as Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.

The offices of Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Reps. Sanford Bishop, Doug Collins, Buddy Carter, Rick Allen and Austin Scott are hosting the students during the 12-week fellowship in the nation’s capital. The 2016 Ag Fellows will stay in Delta Hall, UGA’s new residence hall in Washington.

The students, who attend the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will prepare briefs, attend committee hearings and conduct food- and agriculture-related research. In addition, they have the option of earning credit hours toward graduation.

“Ag Fellows are full-time employees of the congressional offices and serve as apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and fellowship program coordinator. “Many will be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.”

The students representing UGA as 2016 Congressional Agricultural Fellows include Emily Swift of Cobb County; Malik Grace of Wilcox County; Guy Hancock of Irwin County; Jake Parker of Houston County; Brock Pinson of Mitchell County; Brandon Poole of Franklin County; and Brianna Roberts of Madison County.

Emily Swift, a senior studying environmental economics and management, is working in Rep. Rick Allen’s office.

Brandon Poole, a junior studying agricultural education, is working in Rep. Collins’ office.

Guy Hancock, a junior studying agricultural and applied economics, is working in Sen. Perdue’s office.

Jake Parker, a junior studying applied biotechnology, is working in Rep. Scott’s office.

Brock Pinson, a junior studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Carter’s office.

Malik Grace, a sophomore studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Bishop’s office.

Brianna Roberts, a junior studying agricultural communication, is working in Sen. Isakson’s office.

The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is made available through The Deans’ Promise program at CAES. A collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad programs, The Deans’ Promise encourages CAES students to take advantage of unique, out-of-the-classroom experiences during their time in college.

For more information on CAES, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to students, visit

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

Samantha Anderson is a student writer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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