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Indian Child Welfare Act Intern

Anchorage, AK, USA ● Juneau, AK, USA Req #217
Friday, October 20, 2023

Job Title: Indian Child Welfare Act Intern


Location: Juneau, AK; Anchorage, AK


Job Summary:

Are you interested in welfare and social justice for Alaska Native children and families? Join Tlingit & Haida as the Indian Child Welfare Act intern this summer! With your interest in social work, you will work alongside the Tribal Family and Youth Services team to provide culturally responsive social services for youth and families. Day-to-day tasks include assisting the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) team in developing legal briefs, conducting legal research to keep children in family placements, and providing transportation and social services for youth and families. During the summer, you will receive an overview of Tribal Child Welfare Compact, the Title IV-E Foster Care Program, and IV-E agency maintenance funding. You will also learn how to provide culturally responsive social services and about advocating for Alaska Native children and their families. You may assist with youth and elders’ programs as needed.

This internship will take place in-person at one of Tlingit & Haida’s Family Services Alaska office locations in either Juneau or Anchorage, Alaska. You can indicate your preferred office location for the summer during the application and interview process.



  • Gain experience with Indian Child Welfare Act cases and case management
  • Learn how to provide culturally relevant services and advocacy to families and their children
  • Learn best practices for family reunification
  • Case management to families experience child welfare
  • Providing family contact and visitation to families with children in foster care
  • Conduct legal and social service research for best practices
  • Collaborate with child welfare attorneys for reports and case advocacy
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Organized and passionate about working with families and children
  • Interest and experience in social work, education, or early childhood development
  • Interest and experience in culturally responsive services
  • You will need access to a personal vehicle for this internship.
  • Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
  • Ability to travel as needed

Education and Experience:

  • Must be age 18 at time of hire
  • Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary school/program or a recent graduate (1-2 years)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Studying social work, child welfare, law, education, psychology, Indigenous studies or early childhood development.
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment


Application Process:

  • Complete online application at by January 22, 2024.
  • Submit a resume and recent transcript (unofficial) with online application.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of your status as a Sealaska shareholder, shareholder descendant, or shareholder spouse.
  • You must successfully complete a background check prior to onboarding at Sealaska.


About Sealaska Intern Program

The Sealaska intern program exists to uplift Sealaska shareholders and their descendants pursuing post-secondary education with meaningful career experience, learning opportunities, and a supportive community. Interns explore career interests, grow professional skills, and connect with the unique and vibrant cultures of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. You will spend the summer with peers who share an Alaska Native heritage, learning from each other and building a community as you venture into your careers. Learn more at

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • Must be able to perform computer-based tasks and processing for up to 8 hours, including sitting or standing, mousing, interacting with information on a computer monitor.
  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 25 pounds regularly.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Bending or standing as necessary.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily work in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

This description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. It is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, but duties may be added, deleted, or modified, as necessary. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Who is Sealaska? Established in 1972, Sealaska is the Alaska Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska. Our 23,000 shareholders are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people with more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska. We serve the twin goals of economic prosperity and environmental protection. 
We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees.  As a Native-owned company, Sealaska Corporation is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.
Sealaska Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability.  However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*
*“Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Internship
  • Min Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $22.00
  • Travel Required Yes
Location on Google Maps
  • Anchorage, AK, USA
  • Juneau, AK, USA