Edward Y. Toyozaki, Sun Young “Kelly” Park, Elyse C.N. Oyama, and Sean T. Callahan are headed to Washington, D.C. as part of UH Manoa's 2011 Congressional Intern Program. ; Courtesy Photo

UH students head to Capitol Hill as part of Congressional Intern Program

HONOLULU—Four University of Hawaii at Manoa students will be spending the Spring 2011 semester in Washington, D.C., as Fellows interning in all four offices of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation.

The students are:

Sean T. Callahan, 26, of Kailua, who is serving in the office of U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Callahan, a senior who will graduate in May with a B.A. in Economics, served with U.S. military forces in Djibouti (Africa) as a logistics coordinator for a private global engineering contractor before returning to college.

Elyse C.N. Oyama, 21, of Kailua, who is serving in the office of U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Oyama, a senior who will graduate in May with a B.A. in Economics Honors and Psychology, is president of the Golden Key International Honour Society on campus, and a Peer Advisor Leader at Mānoa Peer Advisors and a Peer Advisor at the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center.

Sun Young “Kelly” Park, 21, of Hawaii Kai, who is serving in the office of U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono. Park, a junior who intends to graduate in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, is a mentor for the children of inmates through Keiki O Ka Aina, and an officer of both UH Manoa’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International Golden Key Honour Society.

Edward Y. Toyozaki, 22, of St. Louis Heights, who is serving in the office of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. Toyozaki, a senior who will graduate in May with a B.A. in Speech-Communication Honors, worked as an office assistant in the state House Majority Staff Office in his freshman year in 2008.

“Crucial to the mission of UH Manoa is giving our students the opportunity for real-world experiences that will help prepare them for their future careers,” said Reed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Scholarship funding covers a full semester’s tuition and earns each intern 15 credits toward graduation. Also covered are the costs of air fare to and from Washington, D.C., paid dormitory housing, a food and winter clothing allowance, and a stipend for incidentals.

In addition to its Congressional Intern Program, UH Manoa will place 10 student interns in the 2011 session of the Hawaii State Legislature and a student intern in the Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney.

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