Intern-to-Intern: A Conversation with Krystin Bogan, Shareholder Learning, Employment and Development Intern

This is part of a series of interviews with interns, by Kally Siñiqsraq Greene-Gudmundson, NANA Development Corporation Communications & Marketing Intern.

NANA internships give students the opportunity to both gain valuable applied experience and promote personal and professional development.

38681469560958Krystin.JPGMeet Krystin Bogan: Intern in the shareholder learning, education and development department at NANA Development Corporation.


What is your Iñupiaq name and who were you named after?

My Iñupiaq name is Napanquak. I was named after my grandmother, and she was named after my great-great-great-grandmother, Dorcas Karmun. My grandmother was given both English and Iñupiaq names. I believe my great-great-great-grandmother was among the first generation in our region to receive English names (from the missionaries).

Where are you from?

I’m from North Pole. I was born in Fairbanks, but was raised in North Pole the majority of my life.

What are your family ties to NANA?

My family comes from Deering.

My great grandmother was an original shareholder; I’m a descendant. I’ll inherit the original shares gifted to my mom from my grandma.

Who inspires you most? What is your favorite memory of that person?

I will say my mom, because no matter what obstacles came up, she always did something about it.

I don’t really have one particular memory. It’s my mom; there are just so many memories. We used to travel together a lot, and I really enjoyed that.

We’ve also worked together a lot. The first place was at a department store called Lamonts. Then we worked at the school district in Fairbanks, in the Alaska Native Education department. The last place we worked together was at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, in the advertising department. We always end up working together—I guess we make a really good partnership!

What are you studying (and why)?

I’m a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, studying marketing and management.

What are your job responsibilities this summer?

I coordinate the internship workshops, and help with any other projects in the Shareholder Learning, Employment and Development Department.

What do you hope to learn/accomplish?

I hope to learn more about NANA, and all the companies within the NANA family, to see if I have a future here. And, of course, I hope to meet new people and make new connections.

What do our Iñupiaq values mean to you; and how do you feel we incorporate them within NANA?

I think that all our values are a good life guide, on how to be a good person and lead a good life. I think NANA utilizes a lot of those values in the workplace. Sharing, spirituality, and hard work are so prevalent in the office.

Of our values, which means the most to you and why? How do you practice them or see them in practice?

I tend to gravitate toward family values (knowledge of family tree and family roles). That is, I like to keep my family close. We help each other when we can. It’s so important to keep in touch and stay close.

Taikuu, Krystin!