Washington, D.C.

Meet the fall 2019 interns for our Washington, D.C. program!

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Riley Bookout
U.S. Department of State

About Riley

Riley Bookout is from Coppell, Texas and graduated in August 2019 with a double major in international studies and communication. He is interested in the field of Foreign Affairs and hopes to someday work in the Foreign Service. Riley previously interned in the Office of Congressman Pete Sessions during the summer of 2017 and worked as a Peer Counselor at Texas A&M’s Education Abroad. He is a member of the TAMU Racquetball club and has participated in MSC SCOLA and the Model UN club. Furthermore, he participated in a mission trip to Honduras and studied abroad in Argentina for a semester, where he took courses on International Relations and Spanish. His interests in international politics and foreign language have led him to pursue an internship at the US Department of State’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs in the fall. He is excited to finally gain hands-on experience that will demonstrate his passion for International Relations and Public Policy.

James Casey
Environmental Protection Agency

About James

James Casey is a senior environmental studies major with a minor in geography; he will be graduating from Texas A&M in December 2019. James is originally from the small town of Needville, Texas. His extensive interests in politics, philosophy, policy creation, and most importantly the environment, stem from his participation in Needville’s debate program. Since coming to Texas A&M University James has stayed politically active  through flyering, phonebanking, and being a part of the Aggie Political Discussion and Debate group during the 2015/16 primaries and presidential campaign. He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity which provided community service to Texas A&M University and the surrounding community. His first on-campus job was at the Association of Former Student’s Call Center where he gained valuable knowledge of fundraising and making connections with a wide array of Aggies. From there he began working for the Texas A&M Disability Services as a student test courier and eventually a front office student worker. The staff of the Disability Services were a huge source of guidance, advice, and aid which he is eternally grateful for. Of course, the support of his mother, sister, grandparents, and cat also helped him succeed and achieve what he has today. James could not be more excited for his internship with the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management as working with environmental policies and regulations has always been a dream. The ability to work for the office that oversees some of his favorite environmental laws (RCRA and CERCLA) is unbelievably exciting to this policy nerd. In his free time James enjoys playing video games, gardening, and expressing himself through painting.
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Thomas Croft
U.S. Department of the Interior

About Thomas

Thomas Croft is a senior Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences major and Business minor from Plano, Texas. He will be interning for the National Park Service in the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs Division. Thomas is part of the Society of Conservation Biology where he has been involved in park cleanups. He has been the Vice President of the RPTS Club as well as the Event director of the Chinese Student Association. Thomas plans to continue his help with local parks as he goes to D.C., and his time after. During his free time he enjoys running, playing sports, and Boba tea. Thomas has previously been working with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension assisting with community coalition plans to improve access and decisions, researching connectivity opportunities tied to storm water and green infrastructure, and pilot testing case studies to better define the modern-day park system.  He has experience with ESRI Story Maps and plans to continue his knowledge with the National Park Service.

Corbin Doyle
Naval History & Heritage Command

About Corbin

Corbin Doyle graduated from Texas A&M in August 2019 with his bachelor’s degree in history. He will be interning at the Naval History and Heritage Command. After interning in Washington D.C., he plans to pursue a J.D. While at Texas A&M, Corbin was involved in a number of student activities. These included Liberal Arts Student Council, where he was tasked with helping organize several group activities and fundraisers for the College of Liberal Arts. This organization taught Corbin the value of communication when  working with others to plan a successful event. Corbin’s interest in law and policy was heavily supplemented by his internship at the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division. For his internship, Corbin was tasked with filing cases, assisting the office staff, and even assisting the case workers. This internship taught Corbin organizational skills, time management, and above all, it taught him about the role of the state/federal governments in people’s lives. He was also a member of the University Honors Program, the John 15 Catholic Association, and Aggie Shields, a group that raises money for student veterans. Corbin is excited to intern in Washington D.C. through the Public Policy Internship Program this fall and to learn more about politics, democracy, and the law.
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Hannah Falcon
Office of Congressman Kevin Brady

About Hannah

Houston born and raised, Hannah Falcon is now a junior telecommunication media studies major and journalism minor. She’s found a place to channel her passions at Texas A&M through The Battalion, where she most recently held the position of Life & Arts editor. Her work with The Battalion has given her many opportunities, including interviewing celebrities, participating in Poynter Institute’s College Media Project, and covering George H.W. Bush’s funeral procession in her hometown. Outside of A&M, Hannah worked at her local fire department as a communications intern where she practiced crisis communication and worked with local news outlets to coordinate press coverage. She also interned at KPRC 2, NBC’s Houston affiliate station, this summer where she learned the ins and outs of broadcast news and fine tuned her multimedia journalism skills. Hannah’s interest in public policy grew as an accumulation of her experiences. Working in the public sector at the fire department showed her first hand how government policies affect the everyday lives of people in her community, while covering breaking news piqued her interest in the changing political landscape. Hannah is working as a press intern for Congressman Kevin Brady, her hometown’s representative, because she believes democracy is most efficient when there’s effective communication and an informed public. Her goal with this internship is to keep Brady’s constituents informed and involved.

Hannah Fawcett
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

About Hannah

Hannah Fawcett is a senior English major from McAllen, Tx and a first-generation college student. While at A&M Hannah has studied abroad in Iceland and has been a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Dance Arts Society, and the Pre-Law Society. Hannah is passionate about helping kids and gained this passion while spending many summers working at Camp Lone Star. After graduation, Hannah plans on attending law school and concentrating in Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice. She hopes to be a voice for kids all across the country. Hannah is excited to spend her fall semester in Washington D.C. interning for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), gaining experience and knowledge that will further her education at Texas A&M and her career in Child Advocacy after graduation.
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Patrick Featherston
The Heritage Foundation

About Patrick

Patrick “Henry” Featherston is a philosophy and history double major from San Antonio, Texas. Henry is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) and serves in the judiciary as a judicial advocate. He is involved with the Pre-Law Society and a member of Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative organization advocating for individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Henry believes the rule of law is mankind’s greatest achievement and the wellspring from which all other accomplishments are made possible. As such, he is thrilled to accept an internship conducting legal research before moves on to law school. Henry will be interning at the Heritage Foundation. He will be working in their Institute for Constitutional Government, specifically the Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Henry’s greatest inspirations are his parents Molly and Robert Featherston. Molly is a career nurse with over 30 years of experience saving lives. Robert is a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) turned criminal defense attorney who has dedicated his post-Navy years to representing indigent defendants. Henry hopes to follow his parent’s example of selfless service in his professional life and he looks forward to gaining experience in public policy-making in our nation’s capital.

Taylor Fennell
Bose Public Affairs

About Taylor

Taylor Fennell is a junior telecommunication media major and journalism minor from Lufkin, Texas. Throughout her time at Texas A&M University, she has sought to serve the campus community as the public relations chair for Traditions Council and a member of student body election campaigns. She has also committed to gaining real-world work experience both as editor of The Battalion and as a communications student assistant at The Association of Former Students. Taylor made the most of these opportunities, as she wrote about university policy changes, former students working for NASA and traveled to Washington D.C. to cover the funeral of President George H.W. Bush. She is also a member of the Communications Department honors community and is a 2019 Student Employee of the Year Nominee. Each of these experiences helped foster her passion for leadership, public information and positive change. Taylor is enthusiastic to intern at the Bose Public Affairs Group in Washington, D.C. this fall and hopes to further develop her skills in media and communications.
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Mariana Gama
Kyle House Group

About Mariana

Mariana Gama, an honors student from Texas A&M, graduated this May with a degree in International Studies and minors in French and Psychology. During her time at Texas A&M, she held multiple leadership positions in various student led organizations. In Texas A&M Moderates, a non-partisan political organization, she was a co-founder and director of internal affairs where she planned and led weekly meetings. As event coordinator and co-founder of Refugee Advocacy organization No Lost Generation, she organized monthly service trips to Casa Marianela, a refugee home in Austin. In the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) she led a group of young women in their spiritual formation. Similarly, Mariana led a small group in a catholic organization for freshman called John 15. And lastly, as a mentor in the International Student Mentorship Association, Mariana mentored International Students by introducing them to the Aggie and American cultures and making them feel more at home. Originally from Colombia, she is passionate about world issues and has spent much of her life traveling and doing volunteer work in developing countries. During the Fall semester of her Junior year she studied abroad in Geneva Switzerland where she developed an interest in international relations. This fall, she will be interning at Kyle House Group where she hopes to advance her skills and career in advocacy and public policy.

Leticia Gonzalez Soto
Embassy of Mexico

About Leticia

Leticia Gonzalez Soto recently graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies.  Interested in history and politics since she was young, an interest later flourished in migration policy and U.S.- Mexico relations. During her undergraduate career these interest motivated Leticia to become deeply involved with immigration related causes both on and off campus, serving in extensive roles on various organizations within the Texas A&M and College Station community. Leticia served as the External Affairs officer for the Council for Minority Student Affairs, advocating for both immigrant students and selfless service to the surrounding immigrant community. She also served the community as a volunteer, teacher, intern, and later as supervisor and Board Member of the immigration non-profit, the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN). After her extensive work on campus and in the Bryan/College Station area helping people, and making a difference in the immigrant community, Leticia knew that her career was meant to be in immigration law. Leticia has also given time to other organizations on campus, through the Regents’ Scholars Initiative mentoring first-year, first-generation students, and was also a part of the Memorial Student Center Wiley Lecture Series, and the Texas A&M Pre-Law Society. Interested in policy and diplomacy, she attended the Potomac Summer Institute in the summer of 2018. After that immersive experience she knew she had a lot left to learn about policy and she just had to come back to D.C. to learn more. Leticia is excited to be back in D.C., and very much looks forward to working in the nation’s capital interning with the Embassy of Mexico, learning more and working firsthand with the complex U.S./Mexico relationship. Upon completion of her internship, she will be pursuing a J.D. next fall with a concentration on immigration law.
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David Horsley
U.S. Department of Commerce

About David

David Horsley graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies: International Politics and Diplomacy and completed a minor in Chinese. In his time at Texas A&M, David has been involved in several on campus organizations including the service organization Connect as the Membership Chair, the freshman orientation program Fish Camp, and the Texas Nu Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. During his time in Phi Delta Theta he served as the Secretary and Philanthropy Chair and earned his Iron Phi for raising money and awareness for ALS. David’s desire to explore new places and cultures led him to the participate in the 10-week Chinese Language and Culture study abroad in Kaifeng and Xi’an China where he completed his minor in Mandarin Chinese. David aspires to persue a graduate degree in international affairs. As this is his first internship experience, David is very excited to intern with the Office of Deputy Director General for the US & Foreign Commercial Service and to have the opportunity to help American businesses get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

Abby Martin
International Justice Mission

About Abby

Abby Martin is a senior majoring in political science with a minor in German. She will be interning in Washington DC at the International Justice Mission Headquarters for the Asia Pacific Regional Programs Office. She spent the first 18 years of her life living in Germany and was raised by proud Aggie parents. While at Texas A&M Abby has participated in the Leadership Living Learning Community. This allowed her to partake in classes, excursions and discussion groups alongside peers to develop long lasting and applicable leadership skills. She also served as a student committee member for MSC OPAS and assist in the promotion and hosting of professional shows on A&M’s campus. Leading up to her internship, Abby worked as a Resident Advisor for a hall made up of first-generation college students and strived to build long and lasting community in her dorm. Additionally, she volunteered at her church as a youth group leader for 7th grade girls. Abby is also a part of A&M’s Sigma Chapter of the National German Honor Society - Delta Phi Alpha. Abby’s parents have worked for a nonprofit overseas her whole life and this has installed in her the passion to do the same. She hopes to attended law school following her graduation in December of 2019 and to go on to work for organizations that fight human trafficking nationally and around the world.
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Jack Petroff
Office of Senator John Cornyn

About Jack

Jack Petroff is a junior political science major from Plano, Texas. In addition to politics, Jack is also studying Russian, philosophy, and economics. Jack recently worked an internship abroad in Singapore, where for six weeks he worked on creating cyber defense information for corporate executive officers. Jack also served as the Chair for the MSC Wiley Lecture Series in 2019, and oversaw their hosting of the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Jack and his team worked closely with the State Department to ensure that everything went smoothly during the visit and is proud of the leadership tools that he was given the chance to employ. Jack has also studied abroad in Russia, Italy, and Spain. Jack’s passion for international affairs began when he read the work of Tom Clancy as a young student. Jack would continue to follow the news of the world, and with the live nature of the Syrian Civil war was driven to study international politics at the university level. This interest also led Jack to join many extracurricular organizations, such as the Student Conference on National Affairs and the LT. Jordan Institute for International Awareness. Jack will be interning with the Office of Senator John Cornyn in the fall of 2019.

Brianna Sims
Office of Congressman Will Hurd

About Brianna

Brianna Sims is a graduate from Texas A&M where she studied political science. During her time at Texas A&M she kept busy with the Equestrian team. Being a student athlete is a full time commitment, and it has taught her teamwork, time management, and leadership skills that will give her an edge in Washington, D.C. Through the Equestrian team she has had the opportunity to volunteer with different organizations like The Big Event, Brazos Valley Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and Aggies CAN. One of her favorite volunteer opportunities was with Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN). BIIN works to promote better access to legal, education and social services to all immigrants. Volunteering with BIIN was an incredible experience and it showed her how different policies actually effect people the Bryan/College Station community. Last summer, she also volunteered with Witness Change; a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that focuses on human rights. She gained quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills that have helped her be successful in her senior year of college and that will help her during her internship this fall with Congressman Will Hurd.
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Alicia Valdez
Office of Congressman Marc Veasey

About Alicia

Alicia Valdez is from Dallas, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in political science. During her time at A&M, Alicia was involved in multiple campus organizations such as Council for Minority Student Affairs, Mexican Student Association, Teaching Every Individual African American Culture and Heritage, and Texas Rising. All of which have contributed to her interest in advocating progressive reform for marginalized populations. Her experiences with lobbying for United We Dream in Washington, D.C. and Texas Freedom Network in Austin, Texas has fueled her primary interest in immigration law and advocating for progressive immigration reform. She also expresses her passion for the welfare of the immigrant community through volunteering for ComUNIDAD, a service project that gives back to the underrepresented minority community in the Bryan and College Station area, as well as volunteering with the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network to help aid citizenship-seeking immigrants prepare for their naturalization exam. Alicia will be working in the Office of Congressman Marc Veasey, representative of Texas’ 33rd Congressional District. She is enthusiastic for the opportunity to intern in Washington D.C. and is eager to learn about public policy, the legislative process and everything else she will be exposed to at the Capital. After interning in D.C., Alicia plans to pursue a J.D. and become an immigration lawyer to make a positive impact in her immigrant community in Dallas.