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CAREER

BUILDER

A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVERNMENT,
INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND TRIBAL ENTERPRISE

Devin
Gottschalk

❚ TRIBAL ENTERPRISE
OPPORTUNITY:
BRISTOL BAY NATIVE
CORPORATION

ASK A PARTICIPANT
AISES member and BBNC shareholder
Devin Gottschalk now works for the
company that made it possible for him to
fund his college education and obtain
specialized job training. He talked with us
about the role BBNC has played in his
education and career path.
How did you learn about the resources
available through BBNC? I grew up in

Naknek, a small town in Alaska. As an
Alaska Native, I knew I was a BBNC
shareholder, but didn't really know what
that meant. I didn't begin considering
college until I was a senior in high school. At
the time, I was working for my father, doing
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The BBNC Education
Foundation helps
students fund their
education and obtain
specialized job training.

mostly construction. I was always a
hands-on guy; I liked building things. So
when my parents hinted at an engineering
degree, I applied to a couple of schools.
Then I contacted BBNC and learned about
their Education Foundation.
What was the application process like?

Their Education Foundation has a blanket
scholarship application, so the process was
very straightforward. Through one application, you become eligible for an entire pool
of scholarships funded by BBNC, as well as
other sources and endowments. I qualified
for several scholarships, and that put me in a
position to enroll at Washington State
University.
Did BBNC play any other role in your
education and training? At Washington

State I studied civil engineering and loved it.
I also wanted some hands-on experience,
and I reached out to BBNC again. They have
a broad range of summer internships
available and, based on my application, gave
me a list of options. I decided to intern with
SpecPro, a BBNC subsidiary in San Antonio,
Texas. I did that for four summers. Every
year, right after spring finals, I would go to
San Antonio and intern for eight weeks -
which left time for me to help out at home
for the rest of the summer and fish with
family members who have commercial
fishing boats.
Did support from BBNC lead to career
opportunities for you? The internship I

secured through BBNC led to a job offer from
SpecPro after I graduated with my civil
aises.org

COURTESY OF BRISTOL BAY NATIVE CORPORATION; TOP PHOTO BY BELL GRAPHICS

Alaska Natives have access to a range of
employment, educational, and training
opportunities through the Bristol Bay
Native Corporation (BBNC). Based in
Anchorage, BBNC is one of 13 Native
Regional Corporations established under
the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of
1971 to resolve aboriginal land claims.
BBNC has approximately 10,000 Alaska
Native shareholders primarily of Eskimo,
Aleut, and Indian descent - the three
Native cultures of the Bristol Bay region.
The mission of the BBNC Education
Foundation is to provide support for and
encourage shareholders to pursue educational
opportunities and to promote and preserve
cultural heritage. Through its work and
efforts to support the academic and career
development of Native shareholders, BBNC is
fulfilling its commitment to protect the land
in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its
people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders. Its companies operate throughout Alaska,
across the United States, and internationally.


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