2024 College Interns

Alejandro Rios

Alejandro Rios is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studying Social Welfare with a minor in Public Policy. He is working with Social Services and hopes to learn more about policies and gain increased experience in different areas of social welfare. Rios plans on graduating from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and pursue a master’s degree in public affairs. “I hope to work to better my community and see as much of the world as possible,” said Rios.

Kylan Hinegardner

Kylan Hinegardner is working with Pokagon Health Services this summer and hopes to get experience working with the Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (M.O.U.D) program at PHS. “I am most looking forward to shadowing the medical providers, so I can better understand what actually happens in day-to-day life for clinic workers and witness firsthand how they converse with their patients,” said Hinegardner. Hinegardner is an upcoming junior studying Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Notre Dame, and her future plans are to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and take a gap year before attending medical school.

matthew morris

Matthew Morris is a rising senior studying Cybersecurity at Grand Valley and is working within the IT department at Pokagon Band. He is hoping to learn more about the hardware aspects of IT and gain more knowledge and experience with hardware and troubleshooting. “I am looking forward to learning more about the Native language and culture that is integrated within this internship as well,” said Morris. In upcoming years, Morris plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, pursue a master’s degree in the subject, and continue his GVSU wrestling career.


Miriam Rios is working in the Communications Department at the Pokagon Band and is a rising sophomore student studying Journalism with a minor in Spanish at Michigan State University. “My main goal and hope for this internship is to get more real-world experience in the field as well as branching out and getting to know more citizens and working with the tribe,” said Rios. In the future, Rios hopes to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSU and most likely attend graduate school or begin working in the journalism industry.  

Nozhowen Rader

Nozhowen Rader is an incoming freshman student at Southwestern Michigan College and will be studying Engineering Technology. He is working in the Center of History & Culture this summer. “I’m looking forward to helping with a lot of events like the Kë Gbéshmen camp especially after being a camper,” said Rader. His future plans are to finish college and reapply for jobs after the internship. While most are first-year interns, a few are entering their second and third years.

Madison Beer (1)

Madison Beer is a rising junior studying Social Work at Michigan State University. This will be her second year as a Pokagon Band intern. Beer is working with the Education Department and was interested in the internship as a way to get more social work experience and learn about its interactions with education. When asked what she was looking forward to, Beer said that she was excited to work more closely with children this summer. “I’m most excited to work outside for camp with the children, children offer creative perspective to anything that most adults aren't able to come up with,” said Beer. Her future plans are to work in child protective services and possibly a drug rehabilitation center.

Justin Townsend 2022

Justin Townsend is an upcoming sophomore at Southwestern Michigan College and is majoring in Environmental Studies. This summer is his third year as a Pokagon Band intern, and he is working at Kowabdanawa odë kė. Townsend hopes to gain more experience working within the environment as he plans to go into the field in the future. He also plans to continue his education at SMC to earn a degree and prepare him for his career in the environmental field.

Jordan Morseau

Jordan Morseau has been an intern at Pokagon Band for three years and is working with Tribal Council this year. He hopes to learn more about the internal mechanism within the government as well as witnessing the self-governance in action. As a seasoned intern, Morseau is familiar the workplace environment. “My favorite aspect of the internship so far has to be without a doubt meeting the individuals behind the processes of the government, whether that be Purchasing, the Admin assistants, Finance, the Legal team or even the government manager. Everyone is willing to stop for a conversation and bounce ideas off of each other,” said Morseau. An upcoming senior majoring in Public Administration at Western Michigan University, Morseau says he isn’t entirely sure what the future holds but plans to welcome it with open arms.