(Editor’s note: Janae Levier, human resources generalist for Tepa LLC, is the guest author for this post. Janae is a member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe of Oklahoma and an alumna of Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU), School of Business.)
Haskell Indian Nation University (HINU) students, are you looking for real-world experience, networking and a chance to build a foundation for your career? For the fourth summer, Travois and Tepa are offering a paid internship for Haskell students, and we are seeking intern applicants now! Apply by Tuesday, April 23: https://travois.com/our-story/join-our-team/.
One of our most recent interns, RaeLynn King, said: “I would highly recommend this internship to other Haskell students. This internship was really insightful on how a business works and the key components that really make a company successful. The internship also gives students at Haskell a chance to work with the Native community and learn about different tribes …” she said. “I truly felt so welcomed, and this internship really showed me what kind of company I want to work for in the future.”
I had a similar experience. A summer internship made a huge difference in my career and my life. In the summer of 2015 between my junior and senior years at Haskell, I became Tepa’s first Kansas City intern. As an intern, I was exposed to all aspects of the eight companies (different departments, marketing efforts and clients). I soon moved on to full-time employment with Tepa!
Tepa is a shared services organization owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians that provides common leadership, administration and management for eight independent companies.
For the following summer, in 2016, we took an innovative approach and partnered with Travois for the Native American Internship Program. Jointly, we’ve hosted six interns in the last three years:
- Gabby Murnan (Cherokee), 2016
- Tsianina Whitetree (Seneca-Cayuga), 2016
- Berencia Edison (Navajo), 2017
- Carmen Morgan (Cherokee), 2017
- RaeLynn King (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), 2018
- Vanessa Haswood (Navajo), 2018
Another organization took note of RaeLynn’s achievements. In November, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) presented her with the Lockheed Martin Scholarship, one of its 2018 American Indian Business Scholarships. Bravo, RaeLynn!
I’m thrilled for another summer internship opportunity that will build both Travois’ and Tepa’s relationships with Haskell’s student body. I strongly encourage all Haskell students to apply. Onward Haskell!
Read more about past interns:
- Welcome Vanessa, Haskell intern
- Welcome, RaeLynn, our new summer intern!
- Three days in sunny California (Carmen Morgan)
- Not just a summer job: my experience as an intern (Carmen Morgan)
- From Haskell to Travois: Introducing Carmen
- Meet Berencia, one of our summer interns!
- My experience as an intern (Gabby Murnan)
- Meet Travois Intern Gabby Murnan
- Ten questions with Tsianina