The Turtle Island Internship program was established and continues to receive some financial support by alumni Jordan Larochelle, class of 2014 and other donors. It was created in order to give students an opportunity to share and celebrate different Indigenous cultures and traditions with the BU community. The Internship has morphed over time and in 2020 there were two Turtle Island Interns.  

Student Gains as an Intern

Enhance your personal ‘gifts’ and offer these to the BU community and beyond. Develop self-confidence by stepping out of your comfort zone and building new relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members. Share your cultural knowledge and expand your own understanding of diverse nations. Build leadership skills through peer-mentorship opportunities. Learn organizational skills through creating and executing culturally relative events. Expand your professional skill-set by gaining experience and training in a student support center.  

Intern Qualifications

  • Be a current full-time or part-time BU student in any program; 
  • Not be a first-year student;
  • Identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • Submit a letter of intent explaining why they would be a good candidate for the Turtle Island Internship;
  • Be team-oriented, takes initiative and is familiar with software & diverse social media platforms.

Intern’s Role (not an exhaustive list)

  • Collaborate with the ICA, ISA and ISSC in creating, organizing and facilitating activities in the fall and winter semesters, including but not limited to: MMIWG2S vigils, Orange Shirt Day, Rock Your Moccs, Moosehide Campaign…
  • Collaborate in hosting guest speakers;
  • Be an active member of the ICA;
  • Seek opportunities and spaces on campus that may be of interest for Indigenous students;
  • Networking and establishing relationships with Champlain College Lennoxville and other post-secondary Indigenous students and their centres;
  • Exploring fundraising opportunities;
  • Assist ISSC staff with maintaining website content, social media sites, creation and design of newsletter, event posters, publicity.

If interested, please submit letter of intent and CV to Special Advisor – Indigenous Student support