INTERN-al Affairs

John SalleeFor the final INTERN-al Affairs article, I suppose some of you are wondering if the interns successfully made it through our presentations. Perhaps we were “nervous-wrecks,” or even worse, we choked.

In fact, we crushed it. It was a show with no intermission.

This summer at CIRI has been one of the best experiences I’ve had. It’s been insightful, inspiring and influential. I asked the other summer interns to sum up their experience in three words:

  • Josh Franklin, Human Resources, Real Estate and Risk Management: indulging, riveting and innovative
  • Ravynn Nothstine, Land and Resources: informative, inspirational and motivating
  • Raymond Redmond, Weldin Construction, a CIRI subsidiary: intuitive, awesome and instructive
  • Brandi Wheelehan, Human Resources and Shareholder Relations: educational, eventful and wonderful
  • William Wheeles, IT: free meals often

In this moment, I sit at my desk and take in the smell of my coffee and Tom Ford Noir cologne as I type and reflect on what my internship with CIRI’s Corporate Communications department had to offer. From creating a podcast episode to writing this column, I can say that I’m grateful for the opportunity. The thing about a CIRI internship is you’re not in competition with anyone else – you’re in competition with yourself. You must rely on your knowledge, creativity and work ethic to make the best of the experience, which is what I did.

It amazes me to think that when I first set foot into the Fireweed Business Center, I had minimal knowledge of what CIRI did and offered to its shareholders and descendants. Now I understand that the corporation is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all CIRI shareholders, benefiting our communities and celebrating Alaska Native heritage.

As for my future, I will continue my education in media and pursue my passion for entertainment. It’s been an honor and a privilege to fill you in on all the goings-on here at CIRI this summer, and I encourage any eager youth to apply for this summer internship opportunity – it’s worth it! Word of advice, don’t be surprised when every intern luncheon involves pizza. Just pick up a slice, eat it and remember that you saved your own dough.

John Sallee