St. Paul Airport Group PhotoThis summer, we are very lucky to again be able to offer three WAYK internship opportunities.  These positions are sponsored by our host community (Atka, Alaska) in partnership with APIA and a number of other regional organizations.

Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed in another language, do hands-on work with revitalization, support learners as they strive for fluency, and learn and experience 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 love that many of them have returned to work with WAYK again.

Because our interns are sponsored by local and regional organizations, each intern will have their transportation, lodging, and food costs covered for the summer. While we are not yet able to offer paid positions, the only personal expense for interns this summer will be incidental purchases. The summer intensive is a rather long project, running from May 30th 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 (only one bathroom! next to a volcano!) on a remote Alaskan island 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!

View of the bay from Atka VillageTimeline For Internship Applications:

Application Deadline  February 8, 2016 

Finalist Interviews  February 9-February 29, 2016

Selection of Interns  March 1, 2016

Orientation Teleconferences  March-May, 2016

Internship Program  May 30-August 15, 2016

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