Summer 2022 Community & Behavioral Services Advocate Intern

One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 400
Job ID


Are you passionate about wholistic wellness, healing, and encouraging others to heal themselves? Join Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (T&H) as the Community & Behavioral Services Advocate intern this summer! You will learn about professional case management and how to facilitate Talking Circles for healing. You will learn about behavioral services terminology and understand how to refer people seeking help. This internship provides skill development for students interested in social work, psychology, and human services.


Specific projects will include selecting a behavioral health related topic, conducting research, preparing a presentation, and facilitating Wellness Wednesday for an online audience of tribal citizens. You will also engage in, promote, and demonstrate the online Culture Heals program to community partners as a tool for helping individuals and families toward their healing journey. This summer, you will select a special project within the Behavioral Services department and present during Tlingit & Haida Lunchtime Chats.

This position can take place remotely via telecommute or in-person at the T&H office in Juneau, AK


  • Learn to maintain strict confidentiality based on federal regulations and mandates to protect tribal citizens privacy.
  • Learn about professional case management such as linking, advocacy, monitoring treatment of program participants and writing quality documentation for participant files.
  • Learn about Tribal Wellness Court, its mission and services provided by the clinical team.
  • Learn how to facilitate Talking Circles for healing our tribal citizens.
  • Learn about behavioral services terminology (e.g., mental health, addiction, recovery) and understand how to refer people seeking help.
  • Learn ethical considerations working in the field of behavioral services.



  • Open to learning about mental health and substance use disorders
  • Experience with or willing to participate in public speaking
  • Verbal, written, and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Inter-personal skills, ability to relate well with persons from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural groups
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work flexible hours (including occasional evening activities)
  • Commitment to self-care
  • Understanding of the Tribes’ mission and culture
  • Must protect and maintain confidentiality of program participants where applicable
  • 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:

  • Study in the field of Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, or related field
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Ability to travel, as needed


Additional Requirements:

  • Submit resume with online application
  • Be prepared to provide most recent transcript (unofficial)
  • Be prepared to provide a writing sample, discuss experience with volunteerism, and discuss experience with public speaking
  • 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
  • Employment for this position will be subject to all relevant laws, regulations, orders, and the like and may require full vaccination against COVID-19, weekly testing, or other precautionary measures. Based on the Executive Orders issued by President Biden in September 2021, roles working on or in connection with a federal contract, or working at a federal-contractor’s workplace, will require full vaccination against COVID-19; roles which are unrelated to federal contracts will be subject to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard relating to vaccination in the workplace, which applies to organizations with 100+ employees.


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.


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



Apply Options

Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed