Arctic Sounder: Rural Alaska youth among summer interns for Murkowski

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) this week announced the selection of this year's interns, young Alaskans who will work in her Washington, D.C., office during the upcoming summer. Senator Murkowski's summer internship program consists of 20 recent high school graduates who will participate in two separate, month-long sessions as well as two current college students who will serve as intern coordinators for the duration of the summer?

"Year after year I look forward to the opportunity to invite some of the best young people from around the state of Alaska to intern in my office in D.C.," she said in a release. "These Alaskans join my office to work on different projects and job shadow me. They have the unique adventure of living in our nation's capital and to learn not only about the U.S. Senate itself but our nation's history. It is a truly exceptional program for young people."

Among this year's interns are several youth from rural Alaska, including Alexiah Marie Ahkiviana and Edith Alice Spear, both of Utgiagvik, and Elizabeth Eilean Mears of Unalaska

"Having interned for Sen. Ted Stevens when I was a student, I still appreciate all the things that experience taught me about Congress and about Washington, D.C.," Murkowski said. "My hope is that this internship truly makes a lasting impact."

Murkowski also welcomes two college students to serve as summer intern coordinators. Clara Baldwin of Anchorage and Richard Schok of Fairbanks will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski's staff.

Baldwin is a currently attending the University of Alaska in Anchorage, studying economics and public policy.

Schok is currently attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, studying finance and operations management.

Source: Arctic Sounder