King Welcomes Calais Native and Former Intern Jesse Clark to Washington

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Senator King with Jesse Clark and his Korean counterpart, Gab Cheol Ji

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) welcomed Jesse Clark, a University of Maine honors student and Calais native, to Washington. Clark, also a former intern in Senator King’s office, is in Washington as one of ten American students selected for the 2015 U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program. As part of the exchange program, the American participants host their Korean counterparts for a one-day internship on Capitol Hill.

“Jesse is an impressive young man, and I know he will make Maine and our country proud as a representative in this great program,” Senator King said. “Educational and cultural exchange programs like the one Jesse is participating in build strong ties and help our students to foster greater understanding and create a more welcoming world. I’m proud of Jesse and am confident that he will continue to demonstrate the strong work ethic and enthusiasm that he had while working in my office.”

The U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program was created in 1981 to expose Korean and American young people to the legislative process, the history of U.S. – Korean relations, and the current economic, political, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship.


After his time in Washington this week, Clark will travel to Seoul, Korea for a two-week professional visit. Clark served as an intern in Senator King’s office from January-June 2015, and is currently an honors student at the University of Maine. Gab Cheol Ji studies in the Department of Education and Public Administration at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.