Application Due Date: Friday, March 6, 2019

Purpose
The First Alaskans Institute (FAI) 2020 Summer Internship Program (SIP) places Alaska Native, American Indian, Indigenous and rural community members and students into organizations around Alaska to provide leadership growth and employment experience and exploration. The program is designed to help those who show a high level of community leadership and commitment prepare for their careers, further or advance their education or training, and engage in other professional opportunities that strengthen their ability to help serve and advance our Alaska Native community. Throughout the program interns will examine priorities that benefit our extended Alaska Native family that include:
  • Advancing Self Determination
  • Advancing Our Ways of Life
  • Knowing, Living, and Loving Who We Are
  • Shaping the Knowledge That Informs Alaskans
  • Being Good Relatives
FAI values our partnerships across the state as we seek to ensure meaningful employment opportunities for the interns and their employers.  Interns will have the option to help establish partnerships with new employers if current options are not relevant, especially where it will allow them to return to their home village or region.  Since 2004 FAI has placed 358 interns in over 110 different partner organizations in 26 communities across Alaska. For a full list of previous interns and partners, visit www.FirstAlaskans.org.
Internship Details
  • Paid internship with the first Leadership Retreat, our orientation week, hosted in a rural Alaska community
  • Work site placements available throughout Alaska
  • Full time work schedule, 40 hours a week for 10 weeks (June 1 – August 7, 2020)
  • Travel provided from home to work site communities (for those that successfully enter and complete the program)
  • Strong Alaska Native cultural emphasis and knowledge sharing
  • Mandatory leadership development sessions
  • Interns are expected to secure their own housing and accommodations during program
Timeline
  • Application Due Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Final Selection of Interns: Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Intern placement at Employer Partner organization: June 8 - July 31, 2020
  • Mandatory Leadership Development Retreats, 8am - 5pm: June 1 - 5 & August 3 - 7
  • Mandatory Leadership Development Fridays, 1 - 5pm: June 19 & 26, July 17
Application Requirements
  • Eligibility:  Priority placement is given to juniors, seniors and recent graduates in college or vocational school, graduate students, and/or community members whose life experience and work history showcase a commitment to serving our Native peoples but have not enrolled in higher education.  At a bare minimum, applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent.
  • Online application (if inaccessible, please contact FAI for a paper application);
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts may be requested depending on the applicant);
  • Resume reflecting cultural/community/leadership activities, education, employment, etc. (2 pages or less);
  • Personal biography (include English name, Indigenous name (if you have one or know it), hometown you were raised in, village(s) your family is from, Tribe enrolled with, Native cultural affiliation, parents, grandparents, school, hobbies and passions at the very least) which will be used in a press release or on social media (250 words or less);
  • Reflective essay (no more than 650 words) or video/digital story (1.5 - 3 minutes) response to listed questions on next page;
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or community references;
  • Copy or photo of Tribal ID Card or Certificate of Indian Blood;
  • Photo which will be used in a press release or on social media about the selected cohort. 
Applicaiton Tip: Prepare the documents listed above a head of time to be most efficient. Attach and submit documents on the next page.

For More Information
Direct all questions to Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk at sassuuk@firstalaskans.org or 907-677-1707.

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