Native American Congressional Internship
Meet our Interns - Alumni News
Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst, 2010 Intern
Nicholet, M.S.W., is a doctoral student in public administration and policy at Arizona
State University's School of Public Affairs.
Katie Jones, 2010 Intern
Katie is a second-year law student at Yale Law School. Last summer she worked at
the White House, Domestic Policy Council, Native American Affairs team. This summer
she will be working for the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado. Prior
to law school, Katie worked as a Legislative Associate at the National Congress
of American Indians and a 4th grade teacher on the Rosebud Reservation.
Twila Begay, 2014 Intern
Twila works for the National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland, Oregon,
as a Community Development Specialist for children's mental health. She works nationally
with tribal grantees and provides technical assistance to improve mental health
care systems, capacity building, and program development.
Jacqueline Bisille, 2014 Intern
Jacqueline works as a Legislative Assistant for the United States Senate Committee
on Indian Affairs.
Cynthia Freeman, 2006 Intern
Cynthia is the Public Benefits Program Coordinator for the Inter Tribal Council
of Arizona, Inc.
Diana Webster, 2007 Intern
Diana is President of the Native American Humane Society, Los Angeles. The organization
aims to assist Native communities
in finding solutions to humanely managing their animal populations.
Jacob Keyes, 2009 Intern
Jacob is an Assistant Public Defender with the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s
Bryan Newland, 2002 Intern
Bryan is a member of the Fletcher Law team. He represents tribal clients on issues
such as regulation of gaming facilities,
negotiation of tribal-state gaming contracts, the fee-to trust process,
and leasing of Indian lands.
Pete Coser, 2010 Intern
Pete is a Program Manager with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies
at Washington University in St. Louis,
and is a recipient of the 2014 National Center for American Indian
Enterprise Development “Native American 40 Under 40” award.
Cecelia Gobin, 2010 Intern
Cecelia is a policy analyst with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Olympia,
Andrea Sanders, 2008 Intern
Andrea is a Legislative Assistant with the office of U.S. Senator Mark Begich.
Chia Halpern-Beetso, 2007 Intern
Chia is a Tribal Court Specialist at Tribal Law and Policy Institute.