The Bristol Bay Ciulistet Program supports young leaders from Bristol Bay by placing them with local internship opportunities, building Bristol Bay specific leadership skills and knowledge, and connecting them with a network of peers and mentors across the region. The program is designed to support Indigenous young people ages 18-26 in becoming the next generation of Bristol Bay leadership. During Ciulistet, participants will take part in an internship with a tribe, village corporation, or local or regional entity; engage in monthly calls with fellow Ciulistet participants; and take part in two retreats to deepen learning, skills, and relationships. This is the first cohort of Bristol Bay Ciulistet, and the program will take place from January-May 2022.

Program Schedule

The program will take place from January-May 2022.

  • November 21, 2021: Applications due
  • Late November/Early December: Interviews
  • Mid-December: Participants selected
  • Mid-January: Program begins with 2-day orientation
  • March: First retreat
  • May: Second retreat
  • End of May: Program ends

Application Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Online application ( See link below, if inaccessible, please contact Kristina Andrew at for a paper application)
  • Tribally Enrolled and living in the Bristol Bay region

Application Due November 21, 2021

Peer Engagement, Learning & Retreats

Orientation: At the start of the Ciulistet Program there will be an orientation call to review the outcomes and expectation for participating in the program, this will take place within the first month. 

Monthly calls: Each month during the program, Ciulistet participants will gather virtually to connect with one another, share information and challenges, and learn about a topic to build their skills as leaders.

Retreats: During participant’s time in Ciulistet there will be two week long retreats. At these retreats participants will engage with local leaders and elders to build the resource network. Learn about the various management systems that reside in Bristol Bay and learn about workplace best practices. As well as engage in team building exercise to enhance participant’s confidence and connection to culture.

Q: Will the retreats be in-person or virtual? What about COVID-19?  

Two retreats will take place during the first cohort of the Bristol Bay Ciulistet program. These retreats are planned to take place in-person over a 5-day period and be hosted by a different community in Bristol Bay. If COVID-19 prohibits gathering in-person, virtual retreats will take place. Decisions regarding mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 will be made by the program steering committee and by the program coordinator.

Periodic check-ins with coordinator: Throughout participant’s time in the Ciulistet Program they will engage in periodic check in calls with the project coordinator to ensure participants are getting holistic learning opportunities within the program. 


Internships are part-time, roughly 20 hours per week for 21 weeks, and will be paid through Bristol Bay Native Association with support from Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Internship hosts include tribes, village and native corporations, and regional entities in Bristol Bay. Some entities and organizations will be ready to host an intern, but we want to work with each participant to align internships with interests and skills. We highly encourage internships with tribal governments, but if that is not ideal, there are other opportunities to work with non-profits and other entities in Bristol Bay.

Periodic check ins between internship host and coordinator: During the course of the program the project coordinator will communicate with internship hosts to ensure proper support is given to both the participants and hosting agency. If you are interested in becoming an internship host for Ciulistet please contact program staff.

Q: Will internships be remote? Can I work from home?

In some cases, internships will be conducted remotely due to impacts from COVID-19 or if a participant would like to work with a host organization outside of their home community. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon the internship placement, needs of the host organization, and needs of the participant.

Q: Will additional tech equipment be supplied to participate?

If you have IT needs that would inhibit your participation in an internship or in the virtual component of the program, please let us know in your application, and we will work with you to make sure you have the resources available to successfully participate.

Funding Partners

  • This program is made possible by the following partners:
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation,
  • Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation,
  • The Nature Conservancy,
  • and
  • The Administration for Native Americans SEDS Grant Award #90NK0192-01-00

Steering Committee

United Tribes of Bristol BayAlannah Hurley
Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical EducationZach Stenson
First Alaskans InstituteKarla Gatgyedm Hana’ax Booth
Bristol Bay Economic Development CorporationChris Napoli
Bear Trail Lodge, Private BusinessNanci Morris Lyon
Igiugig Village CouncilRhonda Wayner
Bristol Bay Native CorporationCarol Wren
Naknek Village CouncilJudy Jo Matson
Igiugig Village CouncilAlexanna Salmon
Chignik Lake Village CouncilClinton Boskofsky
Youth SeatDrew Carlos
Elder SeatMike Davis
Igiugig Native CorporationChristina Salmon

Contact information

  • Kristina D. Andrew, Economic Development Program Manager
  • Bristol Bay Native Association
  • Economic Development Program
  • P.O. Box 310
  • Dillingham, AK 99576
  • (907)-842-5257 ext. 6223
  • Kelly Pierson
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • 1-(910)-264-3582
  • kelly.ingram@TNC.ORG

The production of this program and webpage was supported by the Grant Award #90NK0192-01-00 from ACF. Its content are solely the responsibility of the Bristol Bay Native Association and do not necessarily represent the official views of ACF.

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