Washington, D.C.


Meet the summer 2020 interns for our Washington, D.C. program!

 



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Robyn Battles

About Robyn

Originally from Arlington, Texas, Robyn Battles has a Bachelor of Science in university studies with a concentration in maritime public policy and communication with minors in both anthropology and maritime studies. Beginning in the Fall of 2020 she will begin her Master of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Robyn is a first-generation Aggie and proudly served as the first African American female student body president at the Galveston Campus. As part of her presidential responsibilities she served on the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council. During her undergraduate career Robyn further served her Aggie community as a member of the Maroon Delegates. Between 2017-2018 she attended the Southwestern Model Arab League, the National Model United Nations in Xi’an, China and the 63rd Student Conference on National Affairs. These various policy conferences sparked and fostered her interest in foreign policy; to further develop her skills, she spent six-weeks in Morocco studying formal Arabic, the local dialect, and the country’s culture. Her experiences and history of service inspires her to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service with the hopes of one day becoming a career ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys visiting antique shops, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with friends.

Travis Cantwell
U.S. Department of Commerce

About Travis

Travis Cantwell, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, is majoring in business honors and finance with a minor in economics. During his time at Texas A&M, Travis has had the joy of serving as Co-Chair for a freshmen leadership organization that aims to empower freshmen to serve in roles on the Student Government Association. He also serves as the director for the Leadership Initiative Conference, a weekend retreat targeted at recruiting prospective students to Mays Business School. In the classroom, Travis has cultivated a passion for international finance and economic strategy. He has attended several lectures at the Bush School of Government and Public Service to further develop his interest in public policy and international trade. This summer, Travis will be interning at the Department of Commerce, Office of the Director General for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service. He is eager to learn more about U.S. trade policy and its unique effect on global markets.
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Daniel Chalfin
U.S. Department of Transportation

About Daniel

Daniel is from San Antonio, Texas, and graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Honors and Finance at Mays Business School with a minor in Economics. Throughout his time at Texas A&M, Daniel was been involved in several student organizations. He served as an Associate Justice on the Judicial Court in the Student Government Association, volunteered in the Texas A&M Career Closet, and served on the Student Affairs Fee Advisory Board. Daniel has previously interned with the San Antonio Humane Society, the United Way of the Brazos Valley, and the U.S. Commercial Service at the US Embassy in London. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities like running, SCUBA diving, and hiking. After this summer, Daniel will continue his education by attending the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is excited to work with the Department of Transportation this summer this summer and work in an organization that has exposure to both policy and law.

Anna Fedewa
National Down Syndrome Society

About Anna

Anna Fedewa is a sophomore special education major from Katy, TX. She is currently serving as the president of the student organization Aggie ACHIEVEMates, which seeks to create lifelong friendships between undergraduates and students in Aggie ACHIEVE. The first of its kind in Texas, Aggie ACHIEVE provides a comprehensive four-year, post-secondary opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anna is Vice President of Community Relations for Texas A&M Pi Beta Phi, a Charles Butt Scholar, a member of the Student Government Disability Sub-Commission, and a former member of the freshman leadership organization F.A.S.T (Freshman Aggies Spreading Tradition). She is also a recent recipient of the prestigious Buck Weirus Spirit Award which recognizes students for their outstanding contributions to student life programs at Texas A&M University.  Anna enjoys taking part in various professional development opportunities. She serves as a teaching assistant for a freshman first year experience course and assists the Center for Research and Development in developing curriculum for K-3 dual language learners. Anna is eager to intern with the National Down Syndrome Society and gain knowledge and experience on how policy can positive impact the lives of people with disabilities. After graduation, Anna hopes to continue being an ally for people with disabilities, either through public policy advocacy or non-profit work.
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Evelyn Gonzalez
Office of Congressman Brian Babin

About Evelyn

Evelyn Gonzalez is a Senior, first-generation college student from Houston, TX, majoring in ‘Society, Ethics, & Law’ with minors in philosophy and business. She is an active member of Patriot Paws, an on-campus organization that helps train and provide free service dogs for veterans; currently, she is training her fifth dog. Evelyn works for the Department of Residence Life on campus, where she assists current/incoming students with questions they have about on-campus living. Helping others is a passion that has helped motivate her to apply to law school. While interning she will also be studying for her LSATS. This summer, Evelyn will be interning for Congressman Brian Babin’s office in Washington D.C. She looks forward to the amazing opportunity and she cannot wait to start. Being able to learn more, firsthand, about different fields of law, policy-making, and what it takes to affect change is what she most looks forward to during this internship.

Allison Gully
Global Cold Chain Alliance

About Allison

Allison Gully is a senior international studies major with a minor in economics from San Angelo, Texas. During her time at Texas A&M she has been a student leader in MSC SCONA; a student organization that hosts an annual conference with speakers on national affairs, and allows students from across the nation to create policy papers and forge professional relationships. As the Committee Relations Director for SCONA 65, Allison learned how to effectively communicate, was able to interact with those in her field of interest and gained skills that will help her in her future career. Allison is interested in international development and hopes to use what she’s learned at Texas A&M to one day create sustainable programs to increase standard of living in developing countries. This summer she is excited to serve as an intern with the Global Cold Chain Alliance and is eager to learn more about the world of international development.
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Merrick Irvin
CropLife America

About Merrick

Merrick Irvin grew up in the small town of Godley, Texas. Growing up on a small farm, Merrick quickly found his passion for agriculture. At his childhood home, his family raised whitetail deer and exotics, managed a wildlife ranch, and owned & operated a feed company. In high school, he was heavily involved in FFA and Debate. FFA helped fuel his passion for agriculture where he learned more about the role agriculture plays in day to day lives. In debate, Merrick competed in “CX Debate” where he studied and argued various positions on policy. It was in debate, that his interest in policy began and brought him to applying for this opportunity. In addition, Merrick interned with the National Association of Wheat Growers through the Texas A&M University Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2019. As a senior at Texas A&M University, Merrick is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, a minor in agricultural economics, as well as working on his certificate in meat science. Currently, Merrick represents the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an Ambassador; he serves by providing a student perspective to the college, where he interacts with prospective students, alumni, and donors. Additionally, Merrick has competed on the Texas A&M Wool Judging Team and the Texas A&M University Meat Judging Team. In his free time, he is an active outdoorsman and enjoys making dog chews and antler art through his company, Aggie Antlers. Postgraduation, Merrick seeks to pursue further education in an agriculture related field, and eventually finding a career in the meat industry, ruminant nutrition, or agriculture policy. Merrick looks forward to working under CropLife America in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2020.

Edgar Rivera
Office of Congressman Marc Veasey

About Edgar

Edgar Rivera Jr. is a first-generation Aggie from Fort Worth, Texas. He is an incoming senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Latino/a & Mexican American studies. Throughout his time at Texas A&M, Edgar has involved himself as an activist and a student leader throughout various organizations at the university. Edgar is a co-founder of the Latinx Community & Advocacy Association at Texas A&M and a co-founder of the Latinx Graduation Ceremony. He has also served as the President for the Council for Minority Student Affairs, where he worked alongside activists in Bryan-College Station to advocate for immigrant rights across the country. It is through these community organizations that Edgar developed his ginterest in public service and community activism. After working on the largest grassroots campaign in Texas history as a Student Fellow for Beto O’Rourke, Edgar interned for Congressman Marc Veasey’s district office in Fort Worth, Texas. It is through this experience that Edgar found a passion for connecting with the constituents in his own community, and what drove his interest in public policy at the federal level. Continuing to work for the Congressman’s office on Capitol Hill, Edgar looks forward to learning about the legislative process firsthand. After graduating from Texas A&M, Edgar hopes to pursue a masters degree in public policy in order to continue to serve his community in the future.
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Felicity Sanchez
National Conference of State Legislatures

About Felicity

Felicity Sanchez is a Texas A&M graduate from New Braunfels, Texas with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. During her time at Texas A&M, she was involved with various political organizations and was heavily involved at the local political level. She spent her first few years getting involved in political campaigns in the BCS  area while most of her senior year was dedicated to registering as many voters as possible. As a member of PPIP, she has the opportunity to spend the summer interning for the National Conference of State Legislatures where she is spending her time focusing on immigration policy, specifically DACA and how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the immigrant community. Once her internship is completed, she will be attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to obtain a master’s degree in public policy.

Rylee Stanley
Office of Congressman Michael McCaul

About Rylee

Rylee Stanley is a first-generation Aggie from New Braunfels, Texas currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in philosophy. During her time at Texas A&M, Rylee has held multiple leadership positions in Delta Zeta sorority and is the current President. In addition to Delta Zeta, she is actively involved in Texas A&M’s pre-law society. Rylee developed a passion for foreign affairs and how it impacts public health by studying abroad in Costa Rica. While abroad with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, she attended lectures focused on Costa Rica’s health system, population, migrant workers, and visited public health agencies and programs. Rylee is passionate about health policy and working towards a healthier population. She is excited to intern with the Office of Congressman Michael McCaul during her summer 2020 semester in Washington D.C. She is eager to learn more about the legislative process, homeland security, and everything else she will be exposed to on Capitol Hill. After graduating in the spring of 2021, Rylee plans on attending law school and specializing in health law.
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Micah Waltz
Environmental Protection Agency

About Micah

Micah J. Waltz is a master’s student in veterinary public health and epidemiology from Butte, Montana. After a earning a graduate degree in cellular and integrative physiology, he found he was interested in how scientific research was used to inform decisions. While deciding his next steps, he has worked at Texas A&M University as an instructional faculty member for undergraduate students, along with doing research for the University Libraries. Currently, he is pursuing a second graduate in epidemiology and veterinary public health, focusing on developing a toolbox of statistical methods of data analysis. Micah is excited to work with the EPA’S Office of Land and Emergency Management in Washington D.C. during the Summer 2020 semester, specifically how to take scientific and technical reports and translate them for use in the policy cycle. After his graduation in December, Micah plans to attend law school with an emphasis in intellectual property, where he can leverage his scientific background. After law school, Micah hopes to work in science policy, specifically policies about disease traveling across international borders.