Summer 2022 Indian Child Welfare Act Legal Intern

One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 400
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Are you interested in welfare and social justice for Alaska Native children and families? Join Tlingit & Haida as the Indian Child Welfare Act Legal intern this summer! With your interest in social work, you will work alongside the Family Services Administrator to provide culturally responsive social services for youth and families. Day-to-day tasks include assisting the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) team in developing legal briefs, conducting legal research to keep children in family placements, and providing transportation and social services for youth and families. During the summer, you will receive an overview of Tribal Child Welfare Compact, the Title IV-E Foster Care Program, and IV-E agency maintenance funding. You will also learn how to provide culturally responsive social services and about advocating for Alaska Native children and their families.

This position will take place onsite and in-person at the Tlingit & Haida office in Juneau, AK


  • Assist ICWA team in developing legal briefs
  • Conduct legal and family research to keep children in family placements
  • Help provide transportation services for youth and families
  • Develop IV-E maintenance and direct social service program



  • Interest in social justice and family social services
  • Interest in creating culturally responsive programming
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • 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
  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Major in social work, law, or political science
  • Knowledge of Lingit language and culture
  • Experience in ICWA, Child Welfare, law, or community organizing
  • 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
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial)
  • Provide proof of drivers license for company vehicle use
  • 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.

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



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