March 09, 2005

Crapo Brings Idaho Students To Washington, DC

Fall internships will provide learning opportunity about Congress

Washington, DC â?? Four Idaho college students 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 fall semester interns hail from Boise and Idaho Falls.â??This 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.Kristen Erickson, a junior at BYU-Idaho from Rexburg, is currently studying political science and economics. After completion of her internship, she plans to finish her undergraduate studies and attend law school.Sara Hofstetter, a graduate of Boise High School, graduated this spring from Princeton University with a bachelorâ??s degree in biological psychology. She plans to earn a masterâ??s in public health and hopes to pursue a career in health policy legislation on Capitol Hill.Hilary Thom, a Skyline High School graduate from Idaho Falls, is currently studying International Development at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where she studied International Relations and Spanish.  Thom has studied abroad in Chile and worked for the past two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua.Mike Thomas, a sophomore at The George Washington University, is currently studying international economics and sign language with aspirations of attending law school at Columbia University or the University of Michigan. Thomas graduated from Centennial High School in Boise.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.# # #