Internship Offers Farm Bill Insights

St. Paul, Minn.

Watching the Farm Bill debates first-hand is a once in a lifetime internship opportunity for Sean Lundy, a global resource system and nutrition senior.

Lundy is spending eight weeks in Washington D.C. listening and learning about the workings of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and gaining a better understanding about the process and discussion that goes into the Farm Bill.

“Since the 2008 financial crisis the federal government has focused on reduced spending, thus subjecting the five-year Farm Bill to significant changes,” Lundy says. “It’s amazing to see where all the decisions are made and watch the central nervous system of the federal government at work. The agriculture committee works really well together, so at least I know that ag policy is in good hands.”

His experience as a global resource systems student helped with him stand out in a competitive selection process.

“I was selected to work with the committee because of my experience with international food issues,” Lundy says.

During his college career Lundy has studied in Panama and Uganda. In Uganda he participated in the service-learning program, which helped him define both his educational and professional goals.