The UIC Family of Companies has taken proactive steps towards fostering shareholder career development through internship opportunities for both high school and college students. The goal is to build a shareholder intern’s qualifications and confidence so they can be successful in securing a permanent position.
Interns work up to 20 hours per week and pay is dependent on class standing. To be eligible for an internship with the UIC family of companies an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Shareholder or shareholder descendant
- Enrolled in either High School or an accredited University taking at least 9 credit hours
- GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Completion of UIC Internship Orientation
You can hear about some of our recent interns’ experiences by reading below and for more information regarding internship opportunities please contact Inuuraq Edwardsen, UIC’s Shareholder Development Manager at email@example.com or (907) 878-8013.
2012-2013 HR and Marketing and Communications Intern
My name is Erik "Darian" Danner. I am a junior at the University of Alaska Anchorage majoring in Political Science and Economics. At UIC, I am a Corporate Intern currently working with the Corporate Marketing & Communications Department.
I've been an employee of UIC since October 2012 and so far, it has been a great learning and work experience and generally a wonderful experience overall. I look forward to coming to work every day. With every project I am assigned, I feel actively involved in the company. Unlike most internship positions where I would merely file, scan, make coffee and twiddle my thumbs, here at UIC I am assigned projects and engage in activities that have purpose. I am able to utilize the skills and knowledge I acquire through my studies and directly apply them to real life situations.
My first week at UIC began at a hectic time: during AFN 2012. It was a great experience to really be immersed in the Inupiat culture along with the cultures of other Alaska Natives. Working at the UIC/UMIAQ booth really allowed me to become familiar with UIC, its holding companies, and subsidiaries.
In celebration of Earth Day and the Inupiat value of respecting nature, the UIC Marketing and Communications department recently held a recycling drive for electronics. Together, the Corporate office collected over 300 pounds of broken and unwanted electronics that would have otherwise sat in a landfill for years.
Summer 2012 HR Intern
My name is Heather Hopson and I was born and raised in Barrow, Alaska. My parents are Curtis and Tammy Hopson, both UIC shareholders. I graduated from Barrow High School in 2011 and am attending UAF. I’m interested in Rural Development, but I haven’t declared a major yet. Working as an intern, I had the pleasure of reconstructing the Job Vacancy Announcements board in the HR office, designing a spreadsheet for UIC workforce surveys, and assisting people in applying for jobs within UIC and its family of companies. It has been an interest of mine to be involved in something like shareholder relations within the regional and/or village corporations in Barrow. I learned more about UIC and its subsidiary operations, Human Resources, and the Shareholder Development Program through my internship. With the internship, I was able to explore and gain experience in areas I haven't worked in before.
Fall 2013 Update: I feel so fortunate to have worked at UIC as an intern. I didn't realize how much the things I learned and the projects I worked on, even my observations, would help me and be so relevant to my Rural Development classes. I'm able to include in my discussions and assignments the connection of the readings to the things I did as an intern with UIC.
I’m a junior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, majoring in Rural Development. I started as a corporate intern in June 2012, working at the parent office in Barrow and continue to work while home on breaks. My internship has brought many learning experiences that will be useful in and out of the workplace. With the tasks that are brought forth, I feel included with UIC and the employees whether I’m working on a project or participating in corporate activities. I really appreciate the opportunity that UIC has given me to work for my own people. It has inspired me to pursue my Rural Development degree, so I can come back home and continue what I started.
UIC 2012 Junior Intern
My name is Hilary Lowery. I am 18 years old and I am a senior at Barrow High School. My parents are Jerry and Carolyn Lowery and I am the oldest of three. I was born and raised in Barrow, Alaska and I've loved every single second of it. I look forward to a bright, promising future, full of many meaningful learning experiences. Involvement in sports during my years of school thus far has led me to pursue the goal of a career that involves sports and helps others achieve their goals. Future plans include college to study Athletic Training. Ultimately, my life goal is to become the best person I can be. During my time at UIC as a Junior Intern, I have had the opportunity to experience different tasks that take place in an office, as well as in a corporation. Some of the things I’ve done include answering phones in HR as well as the main office, recording files in the HR department, assisting people applying online with UIC, and updating the Job Vacancy Announcement board. I also took part in putting together a presentation for the NSB Job Club, which is to help people become exposed to the workforce in Barrow, getting assistance on resumes, and to become part of the NSB Mayor’s Job Program. During our presentation, I explained UIC’s workplace expectations and the online application procedure. I learned many things while preparing the presentation, such as how big UIC is, about its family of companies and how to give presentations.
UIC 2013 Junior Intern
My name is Asia Leavitt-Miguel and I am the Junior Intern at the UIC Parent office in Barrow. I’m 17 years old and an upcoming senior at Barrow High School. My parents are Sondra Leavitt and Rod Miguel and I am the oldest of 4. Working as the Junior Intern, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the many different departments here at the UIC Parent office. With Stock Department I assisted with preparations for the annual meeting as well as helping the Shareholder Development with creating biographies for the annual award recipients. I’ve also helped IT with some computer work. During my time here, I hope to figure out what exactly interests me the most, so I can determine what I want to study in college, but in the meantime, I am enjoying my time here at UIC!