Murkowski Announces First Session Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in the Senator’s Washington, D.C., office next month.  These young Alaskans will observe the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up-close view.

For the first summer session, running June 6-July 1, 2011, Murkowski has selected Graeme Campbell from Sitka, Joseph Kelly of Thorne Bay, Bernadette Mays and Cherise Beatus from Fairbanks, Silas Talbot, Kyle Moore and Morgan Haymans of Anchorage, Isaac Fields from Kodiak, Luisa Ortiz from Ketchikan and Jalene Herron from Bethel.

“These young Alaskans arrive in Washington with energy and enthusiasm, and get the chance to witness the work of the Senate first hand,” Murkowski said. “I enjoy having interns in my office and my staff and I greatly appreciate their contributions.  So many professionals in public service today, including myself, can trace their careers back to their internships.”

Sen. Murkowski also welcomed two Alaska college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators.  Samuel Deedy of Wasilla and Madison Dapcevich of Sitka, both former high school interns, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski's staff.   Deedy is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Industrial and Management Engineering and Dapcevich is a senior at Humboldt State University pursuing a degree in international relations and journalism.                                

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. Additionally, 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.