Political Science major Avery Chappell recently participated in the Georgia Legislative Internship Program (GLIP) Internship, where he was placed in the House Appropriations Committee of the Georgia General Assembly. During his internship, he got to know quite a few people, the Commissioner of Agriculture being one of them. Right before the COVID shutdown, Commissioner Gary W. Black of the Georgia Department of Agriculture offered Avery a full-time job as Policy Assistant to the Commissioner. Avery now handles constituent services and gets to travel with the commissioner wherever he goes, providing him with first-hand experience with agricultural policy making.

While working at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Avery is also taking online courses to finish his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He is taking two classes this summer and two classes in the fall.

Avery notes that several courses at UNG provided him with unique knowledge, including Dr. Sarah Young’s Public Policy and State & Local Government courses and a Special Topics course in Southern Politics, taught by Dr. Douglas Young.