2023 Summer 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 Tribal Family and Youth Services team 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. You may assist with youth and elders programs as needed.

This position can take place via telecommute or remote location in an area that Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Family and Youth Services team operate. Ideally, you will be located in Southeast Alaska (especially Juneau), Anchorage, or Washington State.


  • Gain experience with Indian Child Welfare Act cases and case management
  • Learn how to provide culturally relevant services and advocacy to families and their children
  • Learn best practices for family reunification
  • Case management to families experience child welfare
  • Providing family contact and visitation to families with children in foster care
  • Conduct legal and social service research for best practices
  • Collaborate with child welfare attorneys for reports and case advocacy
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Organized and passionate about working with families and children
  • Interest and experience in social work, education, or early childhood development
  • Interest and experience in culturally responsive services
  • You will need access to a personal vehicle for this internship.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • 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)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Studying social work, child welfare, law, education, psychology, Indigenous studies or early childhood development.
  • 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
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to travel, as needed

Application Process:

  • Complete online application at Sealaska.com/careers by January 23, 2023.
  • Submit a resume with online application
  • Provide most recent transcript (unofficial) to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • 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.


About Sealaska Intern Program

The Sealaska intern program exists to uplift Sealaska shareholders and their descendants pursuing post-secondary education with meaningful career experience, learning opportunities, and a supportive community. Interns explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. You will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as you venture into your careers. Learn more at sealaska.com/careers/summer-internships.


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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