Joseph Skeets

SAR-SPA Summer Intern


The Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School and the School for Advanced Research signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010 to support one summer intern at the Indian Arts Research Center. The purpose of the internship is to help students affiliated with the Summer Policy Academy gain work experience, broaden their perspectives, and introduce them to the museum field. The SPA and SAR are pleased to welcome Joseph Skeets as the 2011 SAR-SPA summer intern.

Joseph is a member of the Navajo Nation. Originally from Iyanbito, New Mexico, he now calls Santa Fe home. A 2010 graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School, he attends college at Saint Lawrence University in New York, where he is majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.

While in high school, he participated in cross country, basketball, and track and field. He was student body president and class treasurer. In addition, Joseph was awarded the Elk’s Lodge award for Excellent Students, the High School Prize for Scientific Excellence, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

During his high school career, he participated in the Summer Policy Academy at the Santa Fe Indian School, Futures for Children Youth Leadership Summit, College Horizons, Native Nations Institute, and the Summer Internship Mentorship Program. These programs provided him the opportunity to explore various professions and to acquire leadership, communication, goal-setting, trust, and teamwork skills.

Joseph hopes to one day return to his community and share his experiences with his tribe. He plans to pursue a career in software development and create technology and programs that will help preserve and restore Native cultural traditions.

While at SAR, Joseph will be working on projects related to education, registration, and collections management.

Sponsored by Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy

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