Hoeven Welcomes Spring Interns to Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that five students will intern with his Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo offices this spring. The interns will work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects.

“We are glad to welcome a new group of bright, young North Dakotans to intern in my Washington, D.C. and state offices this spring,” said Hoeven. “The congressional internship experience offers these students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and the issues impacting our state and nation, and I hope our interns take away a greater understanding of our government and a deeper regard for the importance of public service.”

Brita Endrud and Blain Johnson are currently interning in Hoeven’s Washington, D.C. office.

Brita Endrud grew up on a farm outside Buxton and is currently studying history and political science at the University of North Dakota. She enjoys traveling and considers studying abroad in Ireland and Prague to have been one of her most enlightening and educational experiences.

Blain Johnson is an Oxbow-native who graduated from North Dakota State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s of science degree in emergency management and a minor in both sociology and history. He is currently studying for his master’s in biodefense at George Mason University in Virginia. Johnson is completing his internship while taking evening classes at George Mason.

Chadrick Keller also joined the senator’s Washington, D.C. office as a student pharmacy fellow. Keller was born and raised in Mandan and currently attends North Dakota State University. He is enrolled in the university’s pharmacy program and anticipates graduation in May 2013.

Keller’s participation in the pharmacy fellowship program follows a longstanding partnership North Dakota’s U.S. Senators developed in cooperation with North Dakota State University to welcome students from the university’s pharmacy department to Washington, D.C. to gain a firsthand look at the legislative process, especially as it relates to health care policy. The university requires all of its pharmacy students to participate in a variety of electives and oversees the curriculum and academic parameters required for Keller to complete his fellowship.

Sean Cleary is interning in Hoeven’s Bismarck Office. He was raised in Bismarck and graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School in 2010. Sean currently attends the University of Mary and will graduate in May 2014 with degrees in political science and business.

Stefan Ming, a Bismarck-native, is interning in Hoeven’s Fargo office. He graduated from North Dakota State University in December with a degree in communications. While completing his studies, Stefan frequently wrote opinion pieces for NDSU’s school paper The Spectrum. Stefan is the son of Dennis and Maureen Ming.

Senator Hoeven offers internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C. and state offices. Internships run during summer, fall and spring sessions. Interested applicants may apply online at http://hoeven.senate.gov/serving-you/internships or direct questions to (202) 224-2551.