The Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) is a program for undergraduate students in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources that seeks to develop participants' personal and professional skills while exposing them to the key issues affecting local, state, and national agriculture and policy. The program is designed to provide participants with a competitive edge when seeking career opportunities after graduation.
Each MILE cohort will take place over three semesters and include 14 selected students representing the six Davis College academic departments. Interested students will be required to complete a competitive application process in order to be considered for acceptance into this elite program.
South Texas Tour
Southern Plains Ag Tour
– Washington D.C.
State Policy – State Capitol
Panhandle Ag Tours
MILE curriculum is delivered through experiential learning opportunities that include on- and off-campus workshops and tours. These experiences give participants exposure to the diverse issues affecting agriculture and public policy. Each cohort will travel to Austin to meet with state policy makers when the Texas Legislature is in session. Every MILE cohort will also spend a week in Washington, D.C. meeting with government agencies and industry representatives.
Each MILE cohort runs three semesters.
In addition to participation in on- and off-campus workshops, tours, and professional development training, students in the MILE Program are also required to participate in an internship. The internship program hopes to develop mutually beneficial relationships between our student MILE members and companies and organizations within the agriculture industry. Internship hosts will benefit from an intern who is receiving high quality leadership, professional development, and communications training through the MILE Program.