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14 and 15 Year Old Tribal Internship Program
Earn valuable experience through a 10-week internship for students ages 14-15. Along with our 16-17 Internship and Tribal Professional Development Programs, we are proud to offer this unique opportunity with support from our Education and other departments. Choose from five intensive programs in the areas of Cultural Awareness, Financial Empowerment, Tribal Safety, Tribal Sovereignty, and Serrano Language Revitalization.
Requirements for Success
Schedule an introductory meeting
Meet with the Department of Education and Human Resources to ask questions, learn about the hiring process, and select an internship program.
Work permit note
While a Work Permit is not required for 14-15 year old interns to participate, they must still follow the requirements of the work permit and keep their grades as a condition of receiving the educational stipend.
Complete introductory curriculum
All programs begin with personality and talent assessments. Interns will also consult with the Department of Education to determine if work experience credit qualifies toward graduation requirements.
Learn the history and culture of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and see how Tribal government works to promote and protect our legacy. With curriculum from the Cultural Resource Management Department, interns will explore Archives Management, Digital Data Management, Serrano Ancestral Territory, and Historic Preservation.
Study behavioral finance and financial planning while working alongside San Manuel Staff. In this program, interns will deepen their understanding of key financial areas including Casino Finance, Tribal Finance, and Investment Strategies.
Work directly with several safety-related departments at San Manuel to support Tribal health and safety plans. This course will provide interns with the specialized training and skills needed for success in Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, Fire Department, and Department of Public Safety teams.
Examine the origins, concepts, and practice of “Sovereignty” while learning how to help others maintain Tribal community-government rights and responsibilities. In addition to working with Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) and Tribal Court, interns in this program will have curriculum delivered by Tribal Citizen, Deron Marquez, and other invited speakers.
Serrano Language Revitalization Program
With Curriculum provided by the San Manuel Education Department, program participants will have the opportunity to learn Serrano and create opportunities to help strengthen the language within the greater San Manuel Tribal community. This program contains four main content areas for you to choose from or mix and match, based on your interests: Language Teaching, Resource Development, Language Research, and Community History.
“I chose to join the internship program because I thought it would be a cool experience to learn about different areas of the Reservation.”
“I chose the Serrano Language Revitalization Program (SLRP) because our language is a very important part of our culture and it is dying. So doing this is a great way to keep our language alive and be able to teach it to younger generations.”
“I’ve learned a lot about the foundation and principles of law and it really does make a big difference when you understand why things are the way they are.”
“I think it’s important for the Tribal Community to participate in the internship program because they will learn skills that are necessities, like self-defense and CPR. Those skills are very important.”
“I joined because i plan on being a firefighter. I thought it was pretty cool to experience what they do. They teach you how to put people in helicopters and how they put out fires.”
“It was important for me to start learning how to be an adult. I thought an internship is a good way to learn how to do that.”