2023 Summer Community & Economic Development Intern

One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 400
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Spruce Root is looking for an intern to support their mission to promote economic and social sustainability and resilience in Southeast Alaska. As a non-profit CDFI, Spruce Root provides local entrepreneurs with access to business development and financial resources, such as loans, business coaching, and workshops. As the Community & Economic Development Intern, you will be part of the action across many of Spruce Root’s programs. This includes supporting the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, a group of organizations and individuals supporting development efforts across Southeast Alaska communities. You will also support Spruce Root’s programs, such as the Technical Assistance and Business Development teams, among others. You will experience and gain skills in supporting small businesses, coordinating a team located in various rural locations, logistical support of for workshops and events, communications and marketing, fundraising, and program evaluation. Together with your manager, this internship is an opportunity to craft projects that align with your interests and skills.

This internship takes place at Spruce Root’s office in Juneau, AK. You may have the opportunity to travel to Sitka, AK, or other Southeast Alaska communities to meet team members and learn about Spruce Root’s regional partners and projects.


  • Gain intimate knowledge of running a non-profit who aims to increase its clients’ self-efficacy
  • Support fundraising efforts, including assisting in the preparation of grant applications and reports
  • Support coordination and improvement of organizational processes
  • Assist in planning and execution of Spruce Root-led workshops and other events, including board and committee meetings
  • Support ongoing administrative duties required to operate the organization
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • 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 business, non-profit administration, communications, economics, or other social science
  • 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 a cover letter expressing your interest in the role to kayla.roberts@sealaska.com
  • 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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