FMG’s First Indigenous Internship Program is Looking for Candidates!
April 2022 update: The application window is now closed. We can’t wait to meet our new interns this summer!
The month of March is always significant: it’s Women’s History Month, B Corp Month, and (finally!) heralds the first day of spring. But at Fors Marsh Group (FMG), we’ve got another big announcement to share: We have officially opened the application window for our inaugural Indigenous Internship Program (IIP)!
Our Corporate Responsibility and Ethical Duty
FMG is committed to doing better and being better. We recognize that Indigenous peoples suffer from a strategic system—in which our organization has been firmly entrenched—that favors privilege and builds wealth for some while depriving others of that same opportunity. As a company that sits on Indigenous lands, we have a moral and ethical obligation to repair the damage caused by 500 years of continued colonization. Through the IIP, we hope to build relationships with Indigenous institutions of higher education, provide paid opportunities for Indigenous youth, and offer on-the-job learning and mentorship to help launch interns toward a successful career—tribal, corporate, or one of their own entrepreneurial vision.
“When it comes to conversations about equity, Indigenous peoples are often left out of the conversation, much less offered a seat at the table, despite the fact that the entire nation stands on stolen Native land. FMG wants to change that,” remarked FMG Chief of Staff Rhyannon Curry (Mvskoke). With a minor in American Indian studies from Virginia Tech and a masters in anthropology from the University of Virginia (where she worked with the Monacan Indian Nation to document tribal continuity and resiliency during the eugenics era in Virginia), Rhyannon understands the necessity of a permanent program like the IIP and its long-ranging mission. “The Indigenous Internship Program is the first of its kind at a B Corporation—a fully-paid internship for Indigenous college students to learn and develop skills in one of six tracks. The skills that students will learn during this 6-month program are designed to be used not only in corporate America but also within tribal communities. Our intent for this program is to actively create economic opportunities for Indigenous youth that will continue to have an impact for the next seven generations.”
Learn a Job and Life Skills Too
IIP participants will spend 6 months interning with FMG, where they will learn on-the-job skills in one of six technical tracks:
- Human resources and administration: Learn and understand human resource fundamentals, including human resources information systems, employment law and compliance essentials, how to support talent recruitment, employee career development and well-being, and creating meaningful relationships.
- Marketing and communications: Use social media and digital media to engage with other brands and organizations across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, and learn digital filing, understanding and reporting metrics, market research, keyword development for effective searches, and writing and communications.
- Information technology: Acquire skills in various IT hosting and enterprise support, software development and web application architecture, and website creation and development all while cultivating strong customer service skills.
- Finance and accounting: Demonstrate foundational accounting skills, including recording transactions in a ledger; understanding and using a trial balance and accounting applications; critically assessing the financial status of the business and communicating insights to stakeholders; learning to clean, analyze, visualize, and present financial data to stakeholders; and understanding how to document and analyze financial processes.
- Business development: Gain a clear understanding of the federal procurement process, including grant and proposal writing, a working knowledge of business development proposals, and building key relationships across and outside the organization.
- Project management: Train in effective project management techniques, tools, terminology, and concepts; become familiar with analytical frameworks and project management tools such as Gantt charts and Microsoft Project. This internship will support the Office of the Chief of Staff (to include the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division) unless otherwise stated.
What makes the IIP particularly valuable to Indigenous students is the general training and coaching they’ll receive to prepare them to succeed in their future careers. Participants can expect to work full time during the summer months (June–August) and part time (approximately 10 hours per week) during the school semester (September–November).
Additionally, every 2 weeks, each intern will receive training and coaching in:
- Navigating non-Indigenous spaces,
- Business writing,
- Career development,
- Microsoft Office Suite, and
- Public speaking.
IIP interns will also be provided with dedicated FMG mentors for additional support and guidance during the internship period.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Interested in being part of our first IIP? Applicants must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe and currently registered at, or recently graduated from, a tribal college or university. Applicants will also need to provide a letter of recommendation from an Indigenous professor, a tribal elder, or ceremonial leader (as appropriate for each applicant’s tribal traditions).
Interns will need internet access to take part in the program, but FMG will provide a laptop and hotspot if required. The application window is open from March 1–31. Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, with an anticipated start date of on or around June 1. The actual start date is flexible based on interns’ schedules.
If you’re interested in other Indigenous internship and scholarship opportunities not affiliated with FMG, there are several available nationwide, including:
- Internships with the White House Initiative for American Indian and Alaskan Native Education
- Pfizer Breakthrough Fellowship Program
- Native American Congressional Internship
- Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)
- The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Summer Internship Program
- Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives Student Opportunities
- The Getty Foundation: Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships