June 06, 2006

Idaho Interns Join Crapo's DC Staff

Intern roots from Blackfoot, Burley and the Treasure Valley

Washington, DC â?? Students with Idaho roots have joined Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office for the summer. â??These four students bring a breadth of experience and Idaho ties to my office, and I expect they will learn a lot about the political process,â?? Crapo said. â??I encourage college students with an interest in government to submit an application for upcoming internship opportunities.â?? This summer, interns in Crapoâ??s office are:Marques Chavez, a Blackfoot native, is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism. The son of Kristin and Alfred Chavez, he aids in producing two on-campus television programs at USU and has an interest in politics and sports journalism. Chavez is a 1999 graduate of Blackfoot High School.Elisabeth Fitch is from Boise, Idaho, and attends Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. The daughter of Kelly and Marlene Fitch and 2003 Centennial High School graduate is currently active in College Republicans and her sorority, while seeking her degree in American Studies. Now entering her junior year, she is engaged in extensive community service, including raising money for cancer research. Jonathan Gochnour joins the Crapo staff from Burley, Idaho, via Utah State University, where he is a senior pursuing a degree in Agriculture Economics. The 1999 graduate of Burley High School is the son of Jim and Marilyn Gochnour. Aside from his academic and political interests, he is also a frequent volunteer at a hospital as a Spanish translator and hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Trent Walker, also a student from USU, is the son of Laird and Vicki Walker. With Idaho roots in the Treasure Valley, he was raised in Great Falls, Virginia, and is pursuing a degree in political science with plans to attend law school. A 2002 graduate of Langley High School, he is an active athlete and previously served as an intern for Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) and Dutko International.The Congressional intern program is targeted for college students who are interested in learning more about the political process 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 student's university. To learn more about the internships offered through Crapoâ??s office, please visit the Student section at http://crapo.senate.gov. Information and application materials on internships may be found at http://crapo.senate.gov. Due to unanticipated delays in mail delivery on Capitol Hill, students who are applying are encouraged to fax, not mail, their materials to Crapoâ??s DC office.