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Senator Begich Welcomes Spring 2010 Interns

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced Jan. 7 he will welcome a group of spring interns to his office in Washington, D.C. Four Alaskans will start their internship Monday, Jan. 11, working through May.

"It is a privilege to provide young Alaskans the ability to grow professionally by experiencing the work of the U.S. Senate," Sen. Begich said. "Interns in my office have proven to be valuable members of our team and I look forward to the contributions that these young Alaskans will provide during their service to our state."

The interns working for Sen. Begich in the D.C. office include:

Adrian Triebel
A 2009 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Triebel served as both UAF's Student Body President and Vice President while earning two BA degrees in Political Science and Foreign Languages. Triebel developed a background in international affairs as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship recipient and has also served as a Foreign Service intern for the U.S. Consulate in Dusseldorf, Germany and for the Federal Republic of Germany in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Breena Apgar-Kurtz
Apgar-Kurtz joins Senator Begich's office from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Cordova. She is a native of Anchorage having graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2003. With a BS degree in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island, 2007, Apgar-Kurtz has previously worked as a volunteer research assistant for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Anchorage, for the National Park Service in Glacier Bay National Park, and for the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward.

Brittany Keates
A graduate of Service High School in Anchorage,  Keates currently attends Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While studying for a BS degree in Foreign Service in Science, Technology and International Affairs. Keates has proven a dedication to community service working for AmeriCorps' "Jumpstart Program" to help prepare low-income preschool children for grade school. Over the past semester she worked as a research assistant for the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

Kate Geldaker
Born and raised in Ketchikan, Geldaker graduated from Ketchikan High School in 2005 and from Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. Majoring in Political Science, Geldaker served as the international editor of PLU's student newspaper and as a Sojourner Advocate at PLU's Wang Center for Global Education. As a young Alaskan she has also worked as park guide at Glacier Bay National Park and in the tourism industry of Southeast.

The interns will work in a variety of areas supporting the Begich staff including researching Alaska issues, working with legislative staff on congressional issues, helping with constituent cases and inquiries, and giving Capitol tours to visiting Alaskans.

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