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About the Summer Internship Program

Leadership development is one of three key initiative areas for First Alaskans Institute. Our objective is to help develop Alaska Native leaders who contribute to the Native community by participating in boards and commissions, service projects, networking with leaders and engaging in the decision making process for issues that are crucial to the advancement of Alaska Natives as well as developing a cohort/network for career enhancement.

First Alaskans helps to develop a cadre of Alaska Native leaders by helping our people understand their own histories and traditions, bringing awareness of current and emerging issues, and to provide practical experiences for them to draw from. Internship placements can be in both urban and rural Alaska.

2013 will mark the 10th year of First Alaskans' Summer Internship program for Alaska Native undergraduate/graduate students.

The 10 week summer session has placed 217 interns with over 100 employer hosts since 2004. Over the years, many interns have been placed outside of Anchorage in locations including communities such as St. Mary's, St. Paul, Yakutat, Barrow, Kotzebue, Kiana, Angoon, Hoonah, Bethel, Nome, Metlakatla, Noorvik, Sitka, Juneau, Valdez and Fairbanks.

2004-2012 Partner Organizations with First Alaskans Institute's Summer Internship Program

Adient Health
Afognak Native Corporation
AK Manufacturing Extension Partnership Inc.
Alaska Department of Labor
Alaska Energy Authority
Alaska Federation of Natives
Alaska Growth Capital
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Native Language Archive
Alaska Native Science Commission
Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Alaska Public Interest Research Group
Alaska Small Business Development Center
Alaska Spine Institute
Alaska State Council on the Arts
Alaska State Library
Alaska Works Partnership, Inc.
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Alaska Youth Parent Foundation
Aleut Enterprises
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
Alyeska Pipeline Services Co.
ANCSA Education Consortium
ASRC Energy Services
Begich Boggs Visitor Center
Bering Straits Native Corporation
blueWIRE Technologies, LLC
Bristol Bay Science & Research Institute
British Petroleum Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
City of Angoon
Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Covenant House
Curyung Tribal Council
Doyon, Ltd.
Eastern Aleutian Tribes
EPA, Huslia
Fairbanks Native Association 
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Financial Inc.
First Alaskans Institute
Goldbelt Heritage Foundation
Hawk Consultants
Hoonah Indian Association
Huna Totem Corporation
Institute of Social & Economic Research
Interior Regional Housing Authority
Inuit Circumpolar Conference
KACN-TV Channel 1
Kawerak, Inc.
Ketchikan Indian Community
Key Bank
Kiana Health Clinic
Kootznoowoo, Inc.
McDowell Group
Metlakatla Indian Community
Municipality of Anchorage
NANA Development
NANA/Colt Engineering
Native American Contractors Association
Native Village of Afognak
Native Village of Kotzebue
New Stuyahok Traditional Council
NMS Staffing
Northstar Group
Pebble Partnership
Providence Hospital
Rasmuson Foundation
Rural Alaska Community Action Program 
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sitnasauk Native Corporation
SKW/Eskimos Inc.
SMG Alaska
Smithsonian Institution
South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Southcentral Foundation
St. Mary’s Sub-regional Clinic
State of Alaska Community Planning
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tribal Government of St. Paul
U.S. Department of Labor 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
UAA College of Education
UAA Native Student Services
UAF Institute of Northern Engineering
Unalakleet Valley Electric Cooperative
USDA – Chugach Forest Service
VECO Alaska 
Veteran Affairs Rural Health Program
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Yukon River Drainge Fisheries Association
YWCA Anchorage

The carefully designed recruitment process matches an intern with a partner organization. The process includes reviewing the student's areas of study and interest, employer needs, and then making a match. Students are paid a competitive wage. Those not based in Anchorage are provided travel and related expenses.

During the 10-week internship, interns participate in discussions on relevant topics that:

  • Help interns understand the qualities, characteristics, traits, choices and actions of effective Native leaders;
  • Discuss political, economic, education and social issues and their historical impacts on Native people, politics, and leaders;
  • Help interns understand their own personality traits, their personal interactions and choices, and provide some practical tools for effective planning and decision-making;
  • Train interns in successful management practices for organizations (finance, human resources, communications, planning, board-staff relationships, public relations, politics, etc.);
  • Train interns in the processes of policy formation at various levels of government;
  • Present and discuss current issues in the context of Native cultural values;
  • Familiarize interns with methods and institutions of community service (e.g., volunteering, educational mentoring, child-care and development, Elder care, etc.)

The Summer Intern Program is generously funded by the Denali Commission.

If you would like more information about the summer internship contact us at info@firstalaskans.org or call 907.677.1700.

Download Publications

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2014 Summer Internship Program - Intern Application
2014 Summer Internship Program - Intern Application

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2014 Summer Internship Program - Employer Partner Application
2014 Summer Internship Program - Employer Partner Application

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Internship Placement Fee Change Announcement
Internship Placement Fee Change Announcement

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Internship flyer
Internship flyer

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2013 Employer Interest Form
2013 Employer Interest Form

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2013 Summer Internship Program Application
2013 Summer Internship Program Application

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2013 Summer Internship Program Application
2013 Summer Internship Program Application

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2013 Internship Recruitment Presentation
2013 Internship Recruitment Presentation

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