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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) has selected four interns to serve in his Washington, D.C. senate office and one intern to serve in his Idaho Falls office for the summer of 2019. While in their roles, the interns will have the opportunity to learn about policymaking at the federal level while playing an instrumental role in the operations of the office.

“Interning in the U.S. Senate is an excellent way to gain an on-the-ground view of the legislative process and the issues facing our country,” Risch said. “This group of interns is well qualified and will serve Idaho well.”

Senator Risch’s Washington, D.C. interns:

Kyle Schmit, a native of Eagle, is a student at Whitworth University studying finance and accounting. Kyle is heavily involved in his university's student investment group and is an avid sports shooting participant, having competed in sporting clays and skeet for many years. Kyle is the son of Jim and Colleen Schmit.

Emma Banks hails from Idaho Falls and is currently studying political science and English at Idaho State University. Emma hopes to learn more about the senator’s chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee, and in her spare time enjoys reading and rock climbing. She is the daughter of Jeff and Brianne Banks.

Siana Carsrud grew up in Elko, Nevada, but intends to settle in Idaho after she graduates from Boise State University with a degree in political science. Siana is interested in immigration and natural resources and likes snapping photographs in her free time. Siana is the daughter of Mandolin Taylor and Shawn Carsrud.

Katherine Havens of Lewiston is a recent graduate of University of Idaho and a soon-to-be law student at the University of Idaho College of Law. Over the course of her internship, Katherine wants to learn more about agriculture and natural resources, and she can be found camping, boating, and bike riding when she’s not on the job. She is the daughter of Tony and Nikki Havens.

Senator Risch’s Idaho Falls intern:

Aaron Page is an Idaho Falls native and received his degree from BYU-Idaho in international studies. His policy interests include national security, intelligence, energy, and immigration. Aaron is a sports enthusiast and a family man with the hopes of becoming a professor one day. Aaron is the son of Dan and Lauralee Page.

The Congressional intern program is for college students who are interested in learning more about the legislative process and how Congress operates. Selection is made through an application process that includes submitting a resume, college transcript, and references. 

Internships are available year-round in Sen. Risch's Washington, D.C. office. Additional information and application materials may be found at

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