Skip to content

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Risch has selected four college students from around the state of Idaho to serve as spring interns in his Washington, D.C., office. The interns have the opportunity to assist with constituent services and legislative research while engaging in the national level of government.

“Interning in the U.S. Senate is an excellent way to learn about the legislative branch of government and to see where much of our nation’s early history took place,” said Risch. “This group of interns will serve Idaho well during their time in my office.”

The interns are:

Eric Griffith, of Sun Valley, a junior at Hamilton College (N.Y.). Eric is pursuing a major in world politics with a minor in Russian studies and spent the last six months studying in Russia. He has previously spent time living abroad in England, Venezuela, and for a longer tenure in Russia with his family. Eric is the son of Harry and Michelle Griffith.

Cody Jessup, a native of Middleton, is a junior at Hillsdale (Mich.) College. He is pursuing a degree in both political science and physics. Cody works on his family farm growing and selling grass hay in Middleton. He is the son of Curt and Elaine Jessup.

Claire Majors, of Kamiah, is a third year student at the University of Idaho. Claire is pursuing a degree in political science. She has spent time living abroad in Bolivia, and is very interested in language studies and travel. Claire has contributed to her hometown as a mural artist for the city of Kamiah. She is the daughter of Steve and Bonnie Majors.

Kahli Steenstra Toussaint, a native of Hailey, is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho. She graduated with a degree in integrated studio art with an emphasis in graphic design, and a communications minor. Kahli has served previously as a designer for the website and publicity coordinator for BYI-Idaho. She is the daughter of Don and Maryette Steenstra Toussaint.