WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed eight new committee interns for the summer term.
“On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I’m happy to welcome a new group of talented and ambitious interns for our summer term,” said Risch. “Our world is facing an array of new and deeply-rooted historical foreign policy challenges. From Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, to a rising China, crises in South and Central America, to constant threats from Iran, there are endless opportunities to engage. These interns will have the opportunity to see firsthand how SFRC, Congress, and the entirety of the U.S. government work to mitigate, and eventually solve these complex issues. I am confident they will have a productive and successful term."
The SFRC interns this summer are:
Post Falls, Idaho
Samantha is graduating this fall from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in political
science. She is interested in U.S. defense policy and military strategy, as well as Middle Eastern and North African affairs. Following her internship and studies, Samantha hopes to pursue a career in national security.
Clinton, North Carolina
Nancy is currently attending Duke University and will graduate in the spring of 2023. Her areas of interest include Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Nancy aspires to one day become a Foreign Service officer.
La Center, Washington
Matthew is currently attending Columbia University. He is primarily interested in international security as well as Middle East/North Africa and Europe policy. Following graduation, he hopes to enter a career in politics or law.
Katelyn obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Liberty University and is currently attending the University of Iowa College of Law. Her areas of interest include national security, the intersection of foreign policy and constitutional law, as well as Cuba and Venezuela. Katelyn aspires to one day work for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Khenadi is a senior at Miami University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with a criminology minor. She is interested in domestic and foreign defense and counterterrorism, with a specific interest in China and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Russian foreign policy. Khenadi aspires to merge her career as an Air Force intelligence analyst with her educational background in global politics to someday work in governmental affairs.
Delray Beach, Florida
Mackenzie is currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a bachelor’s degree in global studies and economics with a minor in Chinese language and culture. She is interested in the intersection between political economy and international affairs, as well as Southeast Asia, especially China, and Latin America. Upon completion of her degree, Mackenzie hopes to work in D.C. where she can make positive contributions to legislation and policy. She also plans to pursue a JD/MBA and work in foreign policy or global security.
Daniel is a senior at Harvard University pursuing a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and physics. He is primarily interested in the Middle East and North Africa region with a focus on Israel/Palestinian policy. After graduation, Daniel hopes to work with the Department of State.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Jacob is currently a senior at Pepperdine University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing. His areas of interest include diplomacy and cybersecurity. Following his internship and studies, Jacob hopes to pursue a career on Capitol Hill.
Click here to learn more about the SFRC internship program.