Demmer Scholars immersed in policy-making for summer

Demmer Scholars immersed in policy-making for summer

May 16, 2012

A select group of agriculture and natural resources and James Madison College students from Michigan State and Mississippi State are working on their networks more than their tans this summer by studying the intricacies of federal policy-making while working full-time in Washington, D.C.

Students in the William A. Demmer Scholars Program take a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday while working full-time as paid interns at federal agencies or non-governmental organizations that focus on natural resources. The program is led by Mark Rey, executive in residence in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

“The course reviews and analyzes how each branch of federal government, as well as non-governmental groups -- including the media -- affect the development and implementation of federal government policy in the natural resources area,” said Rey.

This is the fourth year of the program and the third year the program has partnered with Mississippi State, offering all the students a chance to learn from each other about their cultures and traditions. The course is offered by Michigan State; Mississippi State students transfer the credits to their home school.

2012 Demmer Scholars are interning at number of high-profile agencies and groups, including the National Science Foundation, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of the Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

“Through these internships, the students get real-world experience, see classroom principles applied in practice and make valuable career contacts for educational and employment opportunities in the future,” said Rey. “Since we started the program, 14 alumni got jobs in D.C. This program gives the participating universities a cadre of young natural resources leaders with experience in federal policy-making.”

The 2012 Michigan State University Demmer Scholars and their internship placements are:

Anagha Bharadwaj

Anagha Bharadwaj
Thermostat Recycling Corporation, National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Aaron Browne Aaron Browne
U.S. Forest Service, Office of International Programs
Cory Carone Cory Carone
Society of American Foresters
Jonathan Celmer

Jonathan Celmer
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Sarah Craddock Sarah Craddock
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
Claire Gaut Claire Gaut
Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Zachary Girouard Zachary Girouard
The Clean Water America Alliance
Ashley Hall Ashley Hall
Executive Office of the President, Domestic Policy Council
Annelise Huber Annelise Huber
National Science Foundation
Corey Jager Corey Jager
Safari Club International
Phillip Keller Phillip Keller
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Patrick Kennedy Patrick Kennedy
U.S. Forest Service, National Partnership Office
Krystal Krejcik Krystal Krejcik
The Nature Conservancy
Hanna Kruckman Hanna Kruckman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Katelyn Liming Katelyn Liming
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Emily Loubert Emily Loubert
U.S. Forest Service, Division of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife Air, and Rare Plants
Adawinice Lucas Adawnice Lucas
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, United States Senate
Brooke Merrill Brooke Merrill
Trout Unlimited
Francine Pappalardo Francine Pappalardo
Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality
Michael Petlak Michael Petlak
The Aluminum Association
Miriam Toro Rosario Miriam Toro Rosario
U.S. Forest Service, Office of Legislative Affairs
Ryan VanderMeulen Ryan VanderMeulen
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Dixi Wang Dixi Wang
U.S. Forest Service Division of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources


The 2011 Mississippi State University Demmer Scholars and their internship placements are:

Jason Ervin, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Kelsey Unruh, USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
Valera Webb, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate