USA Rice Welcomes Summer Intern

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Grant Long
May 24, 2019
ARLINGTON, VA -- Grant Long joined USA Rice this week as an intern with the Government Affairs team and will be working out of the Arlington office through August 9.

Grant is originally from Georgia and is currently a student at Mississippi State University (MSU) working towards a B.S. in Political Science and Pre-Law.  Grant had a previous government affairs internship at The Borgen Project, a national campaign that fights global poverty, and has also worked for Publix, a grocery store chain, and for a beverage wholesaler in Atlanta.  

What piqued his interest in politics was the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.  “I realized that the most effective way to bring about change was to get directly involved, no matter which side of the aisle you support, so I volunteered for several political campaigns in both Mississippi and Georgia.”

While in Washington this summer, Grant is participating in the William A. Demmer Scholars Program which allows students to earn credit hours while interning, taking classes, and attending various field trips throughout the District and Metro Washington areas.  Through this program and his USA Rice internship, Grant hopes to learn more about ag policy and get an insider’s understanding of the political system for his future in public administration.

“We’re excited to have Grant with us this summer,” said Ben Mosely, USA Rice vice president of government affairs.  “He is a unique student/intern in that he’s been holding down full-time jobs while putting himself through school.  That kind of ‘real world’ experience adds maturity and gives you perspective, which is something anyone dealing with politics and policy needs in abundance.”

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