Intern-al affairs

by Josh Henrikson

CIRI summer interns Braden Kinnebrew, Nene Hale, Raymond Redmond, Randy Armstrong, Andrea Jacuk and Josh Henrikson.
CIRI summer interns Braden Kinnebrew, Nene Hale, Raymond Redmond, Randy Armstrong, Andrea Jacuk and Josh Henrikson.

I got a chance to catch up with my fellow interns this week through an informal luncheon hosted by Darla Graham, the manager of shareholder employment programs here at CIRI. As I was making my way to the third floor, I ran into Randy Armstrong, the Risk Management intern. Randy is in his senior year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying economics, and he’s working with Pamela Keeler, CIRI’s senior director of Risk Management, on an insurance claims project. He was in the middle of discussing some work-related mishaps when the smell of freshly made chips and salsa diverted our attention.

We stood behind the glass overlooking the expansive patio of the Fireweed Business Center (FBC) and the equally impressive Chugach Mountain Range. Joining us was Andrea Jacuk, CIRI’s IT intern. That name might ring a bell because Andrea’s mom, Katrina Jacuk, serves on the CIRI Board of Directors. Andrea’s working toward a Bachelor degree at UAA, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Russian Language. She has been working hard these past few weeks making sure all of our computers are working properly after the move to the FBC. She can barely enjoy her lunch when there are so many pressing tasks going on within the company. However, some things in life take precedence over others. Especially if they involve cheese.

Just as we started to chow down, fellow interns Dajonee “Nene” Hale and Braden Kinnebrew joined in on the fun. Nene, a local basketball standout at both East Anchorage and Houston High Schools, works in the Shareholder Relations department tracking down missing shareholders and otherwise helping to prepare for the second quarter dividend distribution. She attends Central Methodist University as a junior, where she plays basketball and majors in Business Administration.

Braden, an intern with the North Wind Group, works as the administrative coordinator in the company’s South Anchorage office. Braden had not yet visited the new building and was subsequently denied access onto the elevators. A helping hand from security put him on the right path and united the man with his half-pound burrito.

Raymond Redmond wasn’t able to join us that day as he is based in Palmer, Alaska, interning for CIRI Services Corporation. Raymond is working towards his Construction Management degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is learning about safety management in relation to construction projects.

With our break coming to a close, we parted ways, each of us darting off to our respective departments. Each of us checking our watches, phones or email while rushing back to report to our supervisors. It’s almost as if we’ve become real employees. Here’s hoping!