First Group of Summer Interns Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Senator Murkowski Welcomes Young Alaskans to Capitol Hill

Senator Lisa Murkowski announced the names of her first session of summer interns, who arrived in Washington, D.C. to assist in her office for three weeks. These recent high school graduates of the Class of 2016 will get a behind-the-scenes look into the operations of a U.S. Senate office by shadowing Murkowski throughout the day, helping with administrative and clerical tasks, and assisting staff with research projects.

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“These young Alaskans arrive in Washington, D.C. full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm,” said Senator Murkowski. “My staff and I enjoy having interns in our office and greatly appreciate their contributions. So many professionals in public service today, including myself, can trace their careers back to their internships, and I hope their experience here is both challenging and rewarding.”

The first session of summer interns – running from May 31st to June 17th – includes:

  • Robin O’Donoghue – Fairbanks – West Valley High School, UAA
  • Carl Lundgren – Eagle River – Eagle River High School, Montana State University
  • Bernadette Franulovich – Ketchikan – Ketchikan High School, St. Martin’s University
  • Kea Bekkedahl – Wasilla – Mat-Su Career & Tech High School, Chapman University
  • Emily Harland – Anchorage – South Anchorage High School, UCLA
  • Coreanne Bean – Willow – Houston High School, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Teresa Wrobel – Fairbanks – West Valley High School, UAA
  • Desiree Cleary – Homer – Homer High School, Kenai Peninsula College
  • Xochitl Martinez – Sitka – Mt. Edgecumbe High School, University of California-Merced
  • Clara Baldwin – Anchorage – South Anchorage High School, UAA

Murkowski also selected two Alaskans to serve as this summer's intern coordinators. Andrea Witte and Noam Levenson, both of Anchorage, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski's staff. Andrea is a pre-med major at the University of Nevada, Reno and Noam will be attending Western Washington University in the fall.