Two Texas A&M University students from Bryan recently began summer internships in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. representatives in Congress.

Destinee Vargas, a 2016 graduate of Bryan High School and an agricultural economics major at Texas A&M, is working for U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud of Victoria. She is the daughter of P.J. and Dee Dee Vargas.

Amanda Baxter, a 2017 graduate of Bryan High School and an animal science major at Texas A&M, is working for U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan. She is the daughter of Ned and Sandra Baxter.

The two are among 13 students selected for a policy internship through the university’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. Their duties include monitoring legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, and preparing reports for staff members.

The program is in its 29th year of sending students to Washington, D.C., to work in congressional offices and other agricultural organizations. Since its inception, more than 1,000 Aggies have worked through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship.

To learn more about the program, visit

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