BSNC hired six interns for its 2016 summer internship program. This year, BSNC partnered with several other Alaska Native organizations for additional workshops and networking opportunities. The interns practiced their budgeting skills at a “Financial Reality Fair” organized by Calista, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and Alyeska Pipeline and networked with other interns at an “all-intern social” sponsored by the Alaska Native Professional Association. The interns attended corporate luncheons where they heard reports on global energy from BP and the future of the Anchorage economy from the Anchorage Economic Development Council. Interns also completed trainings on public speaking, ANCSA, BSNC’s business lines and structure, policy issues that affect Alaska Native people, speed mentoring, Arctic Matters and leadership skills.
The interns finished up the program with a training by BSNC shareholder Michael Thomas, who demonstrated how he brines, strips, smokes and jars fish. Interns helped debone and hang the red salmon that were caught in Nome. BSNC thanks Michael and his wife Gina for their hospitality and for passing on their valuable knowledge!
The application period for the 2017 Summer Internship opens in January. Applicants must be a shareholder or shareholder descendant enrolled full-time in college or technical school and/or plan to attend in the fall. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.