WASHINGTON—This summer, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) welcomed Jessica Boujikian onto his summer staff. The 20 year-old hails from Fresno, California, and today completed her three month internship in Denham’s Washington, D.C., office.
Jessica was one of three summer interns in Rep. Denham’s Washington, D.C. office. She was selected as one of five Fresno State college students to participate in the prestigious Maddy Institute Scholarship Intern Program in the nation’s capital. As part of her internship responsibilities, Jessica was able to combine her experience and interest in the agriculture industry to produce bill summaries and briefing notes on some of this year’s most important agriculture legislation, including the 2012 Farm Bill.
“It’s always an honor to welcome such hardworking young men and women to my staff for the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the federal legislative process,” said Rep. Denham. “Having Jessica on board this summer has been an invaluable benefit to our team, and I know that her hard work has made her family and friends in Fresno very proud.”
“Coming to DC for me was all about trying to make sense of what I wanted to dedicate my life to,” Jessica Boujikian said. “Looking back now, I have learned that a political career is more than just a job you sign up for; it’s a dedication to a lifestyle, a way of being that requires you to continuously build and adapt yourself while still holding on to the values and lessons you grew up with.”
Boujikian will begin her junior year at Fresno State University, where she is majoring in Political Science. She is a Dean’s List Honors student, who spends her time in California working on the family farm and volunteering in various capacities. Jessica will be graduating early from Fresno State and sees herself returning to D.C. in the near future.
Jessica is the daughter of Shirley and Mark Boujikian.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jessica Boujikian is also the granddaughter of long-time community leader and activist Manas and Donalee Boujikian.