January 31, 2005

Crapo Brings Idaho Students To Washington, DC

Winter internships will provide learning opportunity about Congress

Washington, DC â?? Three young people from in and around Idaho will have the opportunity this semester to learn about Congress firsthand as they fill internships in the Washington, D.C. office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The winter semester interns will be in Washington until April.â??The internship program is designed to give students a hands-on learning experience about the congressional process,â?? said Crapo. â??These students are a valuable part of our office and this internship helps them understand how government works.â?? Duties include legislative support and research, assisting with requests and special needs from Idahoans, and administrative tasks.Annette C. Valenzuela grew up in Nampa, ID. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health in April of 2001 and from Provo College with a degree in Medical Assisting in May of 2003. Valenzuela has done volunteer work for Idaho Latino Vote and Campesinos Unidos de Idaho, and outreach work among the migrant farm worker community. After completing the internship, Annette plans on attending graduate school in Washington, D.C.Tobey Wosnik comes from Kaysville, Utah. She currently attends Utah State University where she studies Communications with a Public Relations emphasis. She plans on returning to Utah State after working for Senator Crapo, where she will graduate next Spring. Eventually, she would like to become a mother and pursue both a Masters and Doctorate degree in interpersonal communications.Cory Eichelberger recently graduated with a political science degree from Utah State University. Eichelberger is originally from Florence, Oregon and has grandparents in Cambridge, Idaho. He plans on attending law school in the West after completing his internship. After law school Cory plans to return to Washington D.C. to work on Social Security reform issues. The congressional intern program is targeted for college students who are interested in learning more about the federal government and how Congress operates. Selection is made through an application process that includes submitting a cover letter, resume, and references. College credit is worked out on an individual basis with the studentâ??s university. For those interested in future internships, applications are available on the Internet at http://crapo.senate.gov or at Crapoâ??s local offices in Idaho.