WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., welcomed Winoka Begay as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office as a part of the summer intern program. Begay, of Shiprock, N.M., was placed in the senator's office to intern from May 19 - July 26 as part of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars program. The program allows interns to focus on learning about health policy issues affecting minorities and underserved communities.
The summer-long program allows students to get a firsthand look at the legislative process by involving them in pressing issues. Bingaman regards his interns as an integral part of his office and hopes the internship program offers students a valuable opportunity to learn about public service. In addition to working on special projects, interns attend meetings and hearings on Capitol Hill, give tours of the Capitol and communicate with constituents in New Mexico.
''I am happy to welcome Winoka to Washington,'' Bingaman said. ''I know she will be a great asset to me and my staff this summer.''
Begay will be working with Bingaman's health policy team. As part of the Barbara Jordan program, she will also participate in a special health policy lecture series.
''I love meeting new people here and seeing the legislative process from the inside,'' Begay said. ''I have always been curious about our lawmaking process, so this is a perfect opportunity for me.''
Begay is the daughter of Gloria and Benson Begay. She graduated from Shiprock High School in 2004. She attends the University of New Mexico and is majoring in English pre-law and Native American studies. She has hopes of attending law school upon graduation to study Indian law or corporate defense.
For more information on internship opportunities in Bingaman's Washington and New Mexico offices, visit www.bingaman.senate.gov.