Meet the 2019 Ahtna Special Forces

Published October 2019

Taliylah Daja Lamae PatrickTaliylah Daja Lamae Patrick

Human Resources Department, AI

What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I wanted to learn more about Ahtna, and I am excited to learn how Ahtna helps and supports shareholders.

What knowledge or skills do you hope to gain through the internship?

I hope to be able to learn more about the company and skills that are valuable to any job.

How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

I am able to see what working in a business is like and learn new skills that will help me with any career.

Who has been an inspiration to you in your educational and/or career pursuits and why?

My family, they always push me towards success and let me know I can do anything if I put my mind to it.


Talon MastersonTalon Masterson

Environmental
What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I have always liked Ahtna as a company and wanted to be more involved. I’m excited because I get to be more involved and learn more about the company, in addition to learning more about optional career paths I was interested in.

How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

It will help me gain experience and hands on knowledge about potential career fields that will greatly support me in further endeavors.

What role has Ahtna played in your educational and/or career pursuits?

It has helped support me and provide me with opportunities I would not otherwise have, and for that I’m very grateful.

In what ways would you like to create value as an intern?

I would like to be able to do meaningful work that impacts the workplace, and in doing so would have people be able to rely on me. I want to see my work make change and see it in action.


Tvetene John CarlsonTvetene John Carlson

Engineering, AES
Why did you choose your major?

I chose engineering because I had attended many of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s summer components and enjoyed the designing part of the engineering activities. I chose civil engineering specifically because they are the engineers that spend the most time outside on the job.

What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I wanted to intern at Ahtna to learn more about the company that represents me and my family and perhaps contribute in a small way.

Who has been an inspiration to you in your educational and/or career pursuits and why?

My parents and grandparents, a little cheesy I know, but they all astound me with their stories of how they earned their education. My Grandpa learned how to read from the newspaper and asking folks for help at the local restaurant. My dad learned all he needed about diesel engines working for the Navy. My mother is a recently retired teacher who earned her degree while raising my sister and me. Their stories amaze me, and I want to achieve a similar story to tell my kids.


Jasznia Iman MarshallJasznia Iman Marshall

Technical Writing, AEI
What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I wanted to intern with Ahtna so I could be introduced to a new realm of knowledge and learn what my corporation does. The internship excites me because I get some experience of what it is like to work in a business setting before I go out into my job field after I finish school.

How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

By providing experience of working in a realistic career setting after my education. Through working this internship, I get job experience many others don’t get to experience before graduating college.

Who has been an inspiration to you in your educational and/or career pursuits and why?

My grandfather, Robert Marshall, because he always wanted me to do well in school and be successful. He always worked hard for his family and community so that we’d be able to have the privileges we do today and I want to honor that by following my dreams.


Robyn GeorgeRobyn George

Glennallen Office
What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?

I love working with our shareholders and I am thankful to the Board for providing this opportunity.

What knowledge or skills do you hope to gain through the internship?

I wanted to get a better understanding of our Shareholder Records and different types of shares that Ahtna utilizes.

Who has been an inspiration to you in your educational and/or career pursuits and why?

Charlene Nollner and Kathryn Martin are the people who inspire me. These two ladies are always looking out for the best interest for all our people. Tsin’aen to You all!!

In what ways would you like to create value as an intern?

To help motivate other people to accomplish their own college goals.


Austin AndersonAustin Anderson

Legal Department
What made you want to intern with Ahtna and what excites you about the internship?
I wanted to intern with Ahtna because it’s a unique opportunity to gain experience with a successful corporation that I have a connection to as a shareholder.
What knowledge or skills do you hope to gain through the internship?
I hope to gain a better understanding of what makes Ahtna successful and how is it preparing for the future. I want to build a knowledgeable foundation that will allow me to contribute to Ahtna’s future.

How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

This internship gives me exposure across a large corporation that is showing me a range of career opportunities.

In what ways would you like to create value as an intern?

No one will care as much about our corporation as much as we do as shareholders. Being a shareholder makes me want to do my best for our shareholders. I want to be a positive example of my generation and what we can contribute to Ahtna. I hope the Board sees, hears, and knows that we are thankful for the opportunity and we are ready to learn and serve.


Casey LeonardCasey Leonard

AEI, AES, AG
How do you see the internship preparing you for your future career goals?

This internship will prepare me in my future goals to professionally speak to my colleagues/teachers and to ask more questions. With my major being business administration, I will already have an idea on what to expect in classes and in a future career, this internship will help me have a feel for how businesses run.

What role has Ahtna played in your educational and/or career pursuits?

Ahtna has played the role of bettering my education with the amount of knowledge I am learning in the business industry, ways of handling certain situations, and adjusting to working in new/different departments.

Who has been an inspiration to you in your educational and/or career pursuits and why?

My mom has been there to help me learn about the Ahtna internship and apply for scholarships. She knows what it feels like to be in school debt so with her help I can graduate debt free.


  • Taliylah Daja Lamae Patrick
  • Talon Masterson
  • Robyn George
  • Jasznia Iman Marshall
  • Casey Leonard
  • Austin Anderson
  • Tvetene John Carlson