Intern-al affairs, June

by Josh Henrikson

If you haven’t heard about it yet, CIRI expanded its internship program this summer, and six of us have just started our adventure with the company.

CIRI intern Josh Henrikson

As a quick intro: I’m Josh Henrikson. I’m from Anchorage and just graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. My degree is in marketing and business administration, and the intern gig I landed is in the CIRI Corporate Communications department.

My grandmother, Sharon Culhane, is an original CIRI shareholder from the Ninilchik area. As a recipient of a general scholarship from The CIRI Foundation that helped me to graduate debt-free, I am so grateful for all CIRI does for its shareholders and descendants, like me.

As the summer progresses, I’ll be sending updates through the Raven’s Circle about the internship program, introducing you to the other interns and telling you about the cool stuff we’re learning that will prepare us one day to — gasp — get a real job and embark on our careers.

Within the Corporate Communications department, I will be busy drafting articles for the Raven’s Circle, producing videos, helping with the CIRI website and whatever else they throw my way.

Meanwhile, I can feel the excitement among the entire staff about CIRI’s upcoming move to the Fireweed Business Center. You can probably imagine the potential for chaos, but so far its been relatively controlled. For me and the other interns, just when we start to get a sense of where everything is, our brains will be shaken like an Etcha-Sketch and we’ll have to start all over. On the other hand, I’ve met a few folks here at CIRI who have worked in this building for more than 20 years. What a change it will be for them!

I’m thrilled with the opportunity to be part of the CIRI internship program (you can find out more about it at and I look forward to being able to share it with you.