EC High School Graduate Chosen to Intern in Washington, D.C.

Lee Thornton, a 2021 graduate of East Chambers High School and an Agribusiness major at Texas A&M University, recently began a spring 2024 internship in Washington, D.C. Lee will spend the spring as an integral part of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Lee is one of eleven students selected for an internship through the Agricultural & Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program at Texas A&M University. Lee’s duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for senior staff members. Lee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Buck and Janet Thornton.
“The ANRP Internship Program is one of few in the nation specifically geared toward transforming today’s agricultural students into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Stephanie Webb, director of the ANRP Internship Program. “Through this opportunity, students use what they have learned in the classroom in a professional work setting. Not only will this D.C. experience be attractive to future employers, but our students are also providing valuable assistance to the offices in which they intern.”
The program is in its 34th year of sending students to Washington, D.C. to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 1200 Aggies have participated in the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship in the form of housing, which is partly supported by private donors and commodity organizations. To learn more about Lee and his experiences, visit the program’s website at

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