April 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will participate in the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and get an up-close view of the legislative process.
“Being a Senate intern years ago instilled in me a deep respect and appreciation for service to Alaskans and the importance of influencing federal policy through Congress when it can help our state,” said Murkowski. “I am excited to invite these energetic young leaders of tomorrow, introduce them to the United States Senate process and learn from them about their perspectives on the issues facing our state.”
For the 1st session – running June 2-June 27 – Murkowski selected Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred, and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Deirdre Creed of Kotzebue; Emily Hartley of Talkeetna; Austin Ramsay of Ketchikan; Alfonso Sitenga of Homer; Michaela Spaulding of Fairbanks; Rachel Tougas of Seward; and Maria Villa of North Pole.
Murkowski also welcomes two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators. Kendall Eilo of Anchorage and Benjamin Gilman of Kenai will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Eilo is a senior at the University of Colorado pursing a degree in Communications. Gilman is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursing a degree in Psychology.