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Employer Partner Introduction

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.

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. Continuing to build upon 15 years of proven success in developing dynamic and connected Native leaders, this one-of-a-kind experience strengthens the next generation of Indigenous leaders through a unique curriculum harmonizing Native knowledge and history, transferable business skills, and community-based advocacy training while providing hands-on experiential learning in career fields relevant to each intern’s pursuits and employer’s interests.  

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 113 different Employer Partner organizations in 26 communities across Alaska.

Important Program Dates

Intern Placement Process

When an applicant is offered and accepts an intern position, they will have the opportunity to review all Employer Partner applications. They will then select their top five choices of where they would like to be placed. Employer Partners will simultaneously be reviewing all interns profiles (application, resume, essays), and will make their top five choices. FAI will then match up intern and Employer Partner preferences as much as possible. Download a list of previous Employer Partners.

Employer Partner Requirements


If you have any questions or need a hard copy of the application, contact Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk at 907.677.1700 or [email protected]