Sealaska is a for-profit Alaska Native Corporation owned by more than 23,000 Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian shareholders. We draw inspiration from our shared heritage to protect our community’s greatest and most important resources – the oceans, forests, and people of Southeast Alaska. Our core businesses consist of land management, environmental stewardship, and sustainable foods.
Apply your legal education and interest in policy at your Alaska Native Corporation this summer. As the Legal & Policy Intern, you will support Sealaska’s legal department and policy efforts. For part of your internship, you will work alongside Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Jaeleen Kookesh on projects related to public policy and advocacy, including legislation, statutes, legislative history, and differing legal and public opinions. You will also assist in preparing materials for Sealaska board meetings and election. For another part of your internship, you will work with General Counsel Kent Rasmussen and assist with Sealaska’s risk management program, possible litigation including discovery, and other matters related to business law.
While applying your legal education, you will learn the breadth of legal careers and hone your research skills. You will also gain understanding of day-to-day legal work and how policies can be tailored to help people and solve issues.
This internship can take place remotely or via telecommute while supporting Sealaska legal staff in Seattle, WA, and Juneau, AK.
- Research and analyze public policy and other discrete legal issues
- Review basic contract documents for specific purposes
- Revise and edit various legal-related documents
- File various administrative forms and documents
- Perform due diligence reviews
- Strong research and writing skills
- Strong interest in law school or currently attending law school
- Sealaska shareholder, descendant of a shareholder, or spouse of a shareholder
- At least 18 years of age by start date
- Must be currently enrolled in college or a vocational-technical school or a recent graduate (1-2 years) and have completed one year of school by the start date
- Legally authorized to work in the United States
- First year law student, or an undergraduate student who has completed policy or legal classes
- At least a 2.5 GPA
- Strong critical thinking and research skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Able to both collaborate with a team and work independently
- Self-starter with ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
- Ability to travel, as needed
- Provide a writing sample.
- Provide a cover letter explaining your interest in the legal profession.
- Submit resume with online application.
- Provide recent transcript (unofficial)
- You will be expected to preserve the confidentiality of the data and information provided during this internship.
- 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.
- Employment for this position will be subject to all relevant laws, regulations, orders, and the like and may require full vaccination against COVID-19, weekly testing, or other precautionary measures. Based on the Executive Orders issued by President Biden in September 2021, roles working on or in connection with a federal contract, or working at a federal-contractor’s workplace, will require full vaccination against COVID-19; roles which are unrelated to federal contracts will be subject to OSHA’s yet-to-be-published Emergency Temporary Standard relating to vaccination in the workplace.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
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: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will sit for extended periods of time; walk, use hands to finger, handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bending or crouching; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift/carry and/or move up to 20-50 pounds safely. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- 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.
Applicants must be a current Sealaska shareholder or a Sealaska shareholder descendent.