Summer 2022 Communications Specialist and Geospatial Analyst Intern

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Promote safety programs across tribal lands as the Communication Specialist & Geospatial Analyst Intern. As part of Sealaska’s Managed Business Solutions (MBS) team, you will learn key components of a federal dam safety program and develop your communications skills while working on hands-on projects.

If you are interested in geographic information systems (GIS), web design, computer programming, or other specialty skills, the team can tailor projects to your skills. Overall, the goal of this internship is to receive applied experience to complement your academic training.

This internship can be accomplished remotely or at the BIA Office of Trust Services in Lakewood, CO. Throughout the summer, you may have the option to visit Native American reservations in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) dam safety program. During these site visits, you can meet with local staff to better understand the impact of your work.


  • Learn about and understand dam safety monitoring systems
  • Improve website tools and newsletters to better communicate and engage with tribal and BIA staff
  • Communicate technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Receive technical training regarding accessing government data
  • Optional: visit and collaborate with local staff at BIA program dams



  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word
  • Interest in learning about dam safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • At least 18 years of age by start date
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or a vocational-technical school or a recent graduate (1-2 years) and have completed one year of school by the start date
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in water resources, environmental sciences, dam safety, civil engineering, and/or web development
  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS), web design, or computer programing (scripting)
  • Prefer GPA over 2.5
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to travel, as needed


Additional Requirements:

  • Provide a cover letter describing why they are seeking an internship with MBS to work with the BIA in the field of dam safety and what they hope to learn/accomplish as part of the internship.
  • Submit a resume with online application
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial)
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your status as a Sealaska shareholder, shareholder descendant, or shareholder spouse
  • You must successfully complete a background check prior to onboarding at Sealaska


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will sit for extended periods of time; walk, use hands to finger, handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bending or crouching; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift/carry and/or move up to 20-50 pounds safely. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal. Frequent and extended periods in outdoor settings sometimes with uneven terrain. Daily hiking distances may sometimes be in excess of three miles total.


Applicants must be a current Sealaska shareholder or a Sealaska shareholder descendent.



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