As an intern for the Notah Begay III Foundation, I had the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a doctoral student. I was given the opportunity to sharpen my writing skills through projects and to expand my cultural awareness through the opportunity to participate in the Indigenous Evaluators Convention and projects. I am grateful to the NB3 team for being so kind and welcoming to me. They took the time to introduce and explain aspects of their culture to me. I also gained the experience of exploring a new area of research, Indigenous evaluation methods. I learned the importance and difficulty of creating evaluation methods that capture both the people and the culture. Previously, I had learned how to use research to evaluate people, but in learning about Indigenous evaluation methods, I found that when you fail to evaluate the culture of the people, then you are not actually capturing the true essence of the people. I am so grateful for my time at NB3 Foundation and I know the next intern will be equally as blessed by this company.
My only advice for student internships is to keep being such warm and welcoming colleagues. I immediately felt appreciated because you each took the time to meet me, even though I worked virtually the entire time. I also want you to know how great I think it is that you all take the time to tell your colleagues that you value them and their work. I think that is super important and something that is rare to find in a company.
Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and for guiding me as I learned so many new things. I am so appreciative to each of you, but especially Renee and Alva who were so kind and patient with me. I wish you all the best as you and I look forward to seeing what great things you accomplish next!
Caitlyn’s Cirriculum Vitae:
Anticipated May 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM), GPA 4.0
Research Interests: Social-Emotional Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity
Advisor: Dr. Karen Lux Gaudreault
Master of Science in Kinesiology: Sport Pedagogy
University of Georgia (Athens, GA), GPA 3.95
Thesis: The Influence of a Four-Week, Physical Activity Infused, Social-Emotional and Character Development Program on Children’s Social-Emotional and Character Development Self-Perceptions
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12 Pedagogy, Minor in Coaching
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), GPA 3.93, Summa Cum Laude
Honors in Discipline Program
Tennessee Licensure in K-12 Physical Education and Wellness
We wish Caitlyn the best on her bright future!