In partnership with Tepa, Travois offers a summer internship opportunity to Haskell Indian Nations University students. This summer, we have two interns who divide their time between our office and Tepa, a shared services organization owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians that also has an office in Kansas City.
After Berencia completed her studies and graduated from Haskell in May, she joined our team! She quickly earned her Site Compliance Specialist (SCS) designation and is helping our asset management and compliance team.
Read on to learn more!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
“Ya’at’eeh” (Hello). I would like to formally introduce myself; my name is Berencia M. Edison. I am of the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House People), born for Biih bitoodnii (The Deer Spring People). This is how I represent myself as an indigenous woman.
I am affiliated with the Dine Tribe. I am from Northern Arizona near the San Francisco Peaks in a town called Flagstaff. I have an 8-year-old daughter named Aubrey. My hobbies include running, horseback riding and photography.
2. What did you study in college?
While attending Haskell Indian Nations University, I received my bachelor’s degree in business management. I was an active member and volunteer at Lutheran Ministry.
3. Why did you apply for this internship?
The internship program that Travois and Tepa offer is a great opportunity for students to learn. After gaining more experience, they can return to their communities to help serve.
4. What are your goals?
I hope to learn all that I can in the short six weeks with each company. My future goal is to continue onto graduate school.
Making the most of internships: Onward Haskell! By: Guest contributor Janae Levier of Tepa