Murkowski Announces First Session of Summer Interns

Young Alaskans Will Pitch In With Senator’s Work

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session of summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office beginning next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will participate in the operations of her Senate office and get an up-close view of the legislative process.

“These interns bring such a fresh perspective on various issues and great energy levels to my team. I truly enjoy having interns in my office, and my staff and I greatly appreciate their contributions,” said Murkowski. “When I think back about the lessons I learned as an intern in Ted Stevens’ office, and what it showed me about the importance of public service, it’s exciting to give these young Alaskans the chance to have the same experience.”

For the first session - running June 1 to June 26 - Murkowski selected Jenna Dreydoppel of North Pole; Tasha Boyer of Chugiak; Denae Benson and Grant Ackerman of Fairbanks; Claire Landis and Holly O’Brien of Ketchikan; Jasper MacNaughton of Juneau; Justin Dahlgren of Soldotna, Anthony Lekanof of Sitka; and Kelsey Colligan of Wasilla. 

Murkowski also welcomes two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer's intern coordinators. Annie Dietderich and Tavish Logan, both of Anchorage, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski's staff. Dietderich attends St. Lawrence University in New York and is majoring in Government and Communications. Logan attends Queens University in Ontario, Canada and is majoring in Political Science.

Murkowski’s summer interns are recent high school graduates who assist in the office’s day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks such as directing mail, interacting with Alaska visitors and assisting staff with policy-related research projects. Two interns “shadow” Sen. Murkowski in her daily work around the Capitol in order to obtain a first-hand view of the Senator at work.