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Idaho Students Serving in Crapo's State and D.C. Offices

Students spend fall semester learning about Congress in D.C. and Idaho

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offers internship opportunities to college students every year in both Washington, D.C., and in his regional offices in Idaho.  Internships provide students the ability to learn more about the political process and the federal government's activities while gaining experience in a competitive professional environment.

Three Idaho students are now serving in Crapo's Washington, D.C., office and are learning the inner workings of Congress first-hand.  The students help legislative staff with research on projects, assist constituents, conduct Capitol tours and perform other tasks as needed.  Currently in the Washington, D.C., office:  

Casidy Jahnke-Robison, originally from American Falls, recently graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Casidy served as the student body president at ISU during her senior year and plans to attend law school.

Alejandra "Allie" Lopez is from Moscow.  A graduate of the University of Idaho, she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Foreign Language-Spanish Option.  Allie has traveled both domestically and internationally on volunteer service learning trips and co-founded a volunteer student group during her time at the University of Idaho.   

Mike Olsen, an Idaho Falls native, graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Finance/Communication.  Mike is an Eagle Scout and also worked as a self-employed general contractor prior to joining Crapo's office. 

In Crapo's state regional offices, students help with constituent correspondence, perform research for casework and assist constituents.  Now conducting their internships in Crapo's regional offices:

Layne Hansen, originallyfrom Grace, is serving in Crapo's Eastern Idaho-South office in Pocatello.  Layne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and also a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Idaho State University.  Layne is currently pursuing a Masters in Political Science from Idaho State University.

Amanda Holmes, from Post Falls, is interning in Crapo's Coeur d'Alene office.  Amanda graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Political Science.  She also received an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from North Idaho Community College.

Elizabeth Hoover, from Boise, is working in Crapo's Idaho State Office located in Boise.  Elizabeth graduated from Cottey College with an Associates of Arts degree.  Elizabeth is attending Boise State University seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science: American Government and Public Administration.

Juan "Johnny" Martinez, from American Falls, is also serving in the Pocatello office.  Johnny is attending Idaho State University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and plans to attend law school.

Andrew Mitzel, from Meridian, is interning in Crapo's Boise office.  Andrew is attending Boise State University and is planning to finish his Bachelor's degree in History and then pursue a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning at Boise State.

To learn more about the internships offered through Crapo's office, please visit the Crapo Campus Student section at  Information and application materials on internships as well as deadlines for the materials may be found at  Due to unanticipated delays in mail delivery on Capitol Hill, students who are applying are encouraged to fax, not mail, their materials to Crapo's DC office.  The fax number is (202) 228-1375.