Have you ever heard of the American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) Association, https://www.aibl.org/? This is the ‘only American Indigenous non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States.’ If you are an American Indigenous or Alaskan Native student thinking about a business career, this is an organization you might consider learning more about. They have conferences, internship postings, and volunteer opportunities listed on the website.
One of my favorite parts of the site is the Student HelpHub. “Need help with writing a paper? Looking for advice on how to move forward with a project? Need assistance building your resume? You’ve come to the right place! The AIBL HelpHub serves to help our students with anything they may need. A Help Hub staff member will provide a 30 minute, one-on-one video or phone call session to work with you. This service can be used up to once a week, or more if availability permits.” This is a great resource that not only provides assistance if you’re stuck on a project, paper, or resume but gives you the opportunity to network with a professional. Networking is a critical activity and skill that students should consider practicing throughout their college careers. It doesn’t come easily to many, and reaching out through the HelpHub is a great way to start networking in a somewhat comfortable environment, as you’re being invited to reach out.
Like all professional organizations, this one can be extremely valuable in your career development over the years as a college student and beyond. It’s never too early to get involved, so I encourage you to do so now!