Waqaa (“Hello” in Yup’ik)! My name is Rinnah Andrew, and I am thrilled to be interning at CIRI again this year.
I was born and raised in Anchorage and am connected to CIRI through my father original shareholder, Tony Andrew, who is part Yup’ik and whose family hails from Tuluksak, Alaska. My mother, Nancy Andrew, is Yup’ik and hails from St. Mary’s, Alaska. Through my mother, I am also a descendant of Calista Corp. and St. Mary’s Native Corp.
I received my bachelor’s degree in business administration management with minors in dance and Alaska Native studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). I am currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at UAA with an estimated graduation date of spring 2022.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UAA moved to a virtual-learning model in March 2020. Having already adapted to studying and producing assignments from home came in handy last summer when I was accepted into Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Internship Partner Program and placed with CIRI in a remote work position.
One of my favorite projects assigned to me by my supervisor Darla Graham (senior manager, CIRI shareholder engagement) was researching the feasibility of starting a virtual mentorship program for shareholders and descendants, which was approved by CIRI management last fall. This winter and spring, I volunteered to assist Darla in launching the program; in exchange, I received college credit for the completion of a management project. I am pleased to announce that CIRI is currently accepting applications for their first virtual mentorship cohort!
This year, I was accepted as part of CIRI’s summer internship program. I could not be more excited to come back and help develop and implement the Virtual Mentoring Program and assist with programs that are opening back up, such as the CIRI C3 Experience. Vaccinated CIRI employees returned to work the beginning of June and I was happy to join them!
I am grateful to CIRI for allowing me to pursue interesting and challenging projects that align with my professional goals. I believe in CIRI’s mission and I want to help shareholders and descendants fulfill their own aspirations.
Until next time,