IMG_0951This summer, we are excited to offer three WAYK internship positions that will be sponsored by our host community of St. Paul Island, Alaska through APIA and ACSPI. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed not only in another language but also in the WAYK method itself. Interns who have participated in past summer intensives have developed strong WAYK skills as a result of their experiences, and we are thrilled to see that many of them have returned to work with WAYK again.

Our APIA and ACSPI sponsorship means that interns will have their transportation and food costs covered for the summer, and housing will be provided by the tribal government on the island. While these positions aren’t paid, the only cost for these interns would be incidental/personal expenses. The summer intensive is a rather long project, running from June 1st to August 15th. We give priority consideration to interns who are available for most or all of the length of the project, since, of course, it is the most effective use of our host community’s funding.

WAYK is now accepting applications for this summer’s intern positions. We are looking for Native language
activists, university students, teachers and other professionals with a variety of skills and interests including language acquisition, education, linguistics, neuroscience, computer programming, film, theater, writing, and more. The ideal WAYK intern is someone who has a great sense of humor, is self aware, flexible, adaptable, and, above all, ethical and honorable. We are looking for applicants who are open-minded and sensitive to other cultures and cultural protocols, take feedback and criticism well, know how to take the spotlight as a leader and how to help discreetly from behind the scenes, and are somehow both realistic and optimistic about the uphill battle of language revitalization. This summer, our WAYK interns also need to be especially good travelers. They should not be afraid to spend a summer living in a shared house in the wild Alaskan “bush” and should be willing to “get dirty” working on language in the field. If this sounds like you (or someone you know) we encourage you to apply!


Timeline For Internship Applications:

Application Deadline March 1, 2015

Finalist Interviews (via phone/Skype) March 2-March 15, 2015

Selection of Interns March 17, 2015

Orientation Teleconferences April-June, 2015

Internship Program June 1-August 15, 2015

To learn more about what to expect from a WAYK summer project, click here. Please read these expectations thoroughly before applying.

To apply for an internship, click here.

Written by Evan Gardner