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Murkowski’s Second Group of Interns Get to Work in Washington, D.C.

Alaskan Interns Get First Hand View of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senator Lisa Murkowski today met with her second group of summer interns upon their arrival to Washington, D.C.—as they prepare to observe and participate in the daily operations of the United States Senate and witness the legislative process. Senator Murkowski’s D.C. office is the only U.S. Senate office on Capitol Hill to bring on newly-graduated high school students for full-time help.  The 10 Alaskan students from across the state will spend the next 4 weeks assisting in the day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks such as directing mail, speaking with constituents, and assisting staff with research projects.

Murkowski Interns Pictured Left to Right: Corey Hester, Kelsey Cunningham, Thaddues Isaacs, Madeleine Moore, Connor Hula, Senator Murkowski, John Gutsch, Maggie Graham, Mitchell Forbes, Rachell Gulanes, Emelia Van Whye, Kenzie Bjerken, and Ayla O’Scannell

The second sessions of summer interns selected by Senator Murkowski are Mitchell Forbes of Bethel; Rachell Gulanes of Dutch Harbor; Emelia Van Wyhe of Copper Center; Kenzie Bjerken of Palmer; Thaddues Isaacs of Klawock; Maggie Graham of Homer; Connor Hula of Eagle River; Kelsey Cunningham of Hope; John Gutsch and Madeline Moore of Anchorage.

“These young Alaskans arrive in Washington, D.C. full of energy and enthusiasm to participate in the work of the Senate first hand,” Murkowski said. “I know that they have studied about the legislative process in class, and my staff and I look forward to watching them learn it by participating in it.  My staff and I both really enjoy having interns in my office, and we greatly appreciate their contributions and unique perspectives.”

In addition to their work in the office, each day Senator Murkowski invites two interns to personally “shadow” her as she attends various meetings, hearings, and votes with her. The opportunity provides an up close and personal perspective to the duties of a U.S Senator.

This summer, Senator Murkowski has also welcomed six Alaskans as college interns to serve in both Washington, D.C. and Alaska. Ayla O’Scannel, Corey Hester, and Chelsea Thompson of Anchorage and Corey Mulder of Juneau will work in the Washington, D.C. office; Cale Clingenpeel of Anchorage and Bryant Hopkins of Fairbanks will both work in Senator Murkowski’s state offices in their respective hometowns.

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