Senior Entomology student Chase Smolik never dreamed he would be working for United States Representative Pete Olson this summer until now.
Smolik got the chance to work with Olson on Capitol Hill during this summer as part of a 12-week program with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy program.
The program allows students the opportunity to experience in working with policymakers and understanding the day-to-day activities of the federal government and what goes into the policymaking process.
During his time with Rep. Olson, Smolik provided tours for Olson’s constituents, answered phones and helped staff on numerous projects. He also got to attend briefings on various topics. He said that working in the office has given him more opportunities that he ever imagined.
Read more about his experience – Washington Internship Gives Entomology Student Insight into Government, Leadership.