Congratulations to former student Bailee Higgins as she was selected to work as an intern in Washington, DC for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program this summer.
Higgins is currently interning in Congressman John Carter’s office. Carter represents District 31 in Texas, which includes Williamson and Bell Counties.
A native of Austin, Higgins graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology in May 2019. Her career goals are to receive a master’s degree in vector biology from Cornell University and work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colorado.
During her time at A&M, Higgins was a member of Alpha Delta Pi, where she gained valuable recruiting and communications skills and worked in Dr. Craig Coates lab creating 3D imaging of insects.
“When I found out I was working for John Carter, I was so excited!” she said. “He is the congressman from my district, so I was happy to be around someone my own area.”
Higgins said that Carter’s office staff was very welcoming on the first day.
“I have been here for two weeks and I couldn’t be in a better office,” she said. “Not only is there another Aggie I work with, but also the entire staff is so nice and welcoming. Their main goal is for us to learn and be the best we can be. Everyone in the office, even the other interns from the other schools work well together. I wake up every morning happy to serve Team Carter.”
Higgins wants to use this internship to learn more about the government and hopes to apply what she has learned to both graduate school and her future career.
“My main goal for my internship is to learn about government processes,” she said. “In the future, I want to work for the CDC. This internship has quickly become more. I am learning about public service, population interactions, and the world of politics. By the end of this internship, I bet I will have learned more than I ever expected.”