The National Center is lucky to have two incredible interns joining us for the summer. Treyson Fullmer is currently pursuing his MBA at Arizona State, and Christian Ulibatti is majoring in Marketing at the University of Montana. Though it’s still early in their internships, both Treyson and Christian are gaining valuable insight and experience in economic development in Indian Country. We asked them each six questions about their backgrounds, academics, experience with the National Center thus far, and interests outside of the classroom and internship. We hope you enjoy getting to know these young men!

Treyson Fullmer:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona and I am a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. I attend Arizona State University and am pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

  1. What made you interested in interning for the National Center?

I wanted to intern with The National Center to further understand Indian County and learn more about economic development. Plus, what better place to do so than the National Center with such a successful track record and 50-year history!

  1. What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part so far is the top-notch staff that I have the opportunity to work with and learn from. The people here are truly great and have such a diverse mix of skills and knowledge.

  1. How do you hope to use the internship in your studies and career path?

My goal for this internship is to apply what I have learned about Indian Country and economic development into my studies, to better align what I am learning and what adds value to Indian Country. I know that either working with or being part of an organization that will give me the ability to provide this kind of value to our community.

  1. Do you have any advice for fellow students who have an interest in economic development or work in Indian Country more broadly?

My advice to other students is to step out of your comfort zone, be involved, and ask questions. Meet and network with as many leaders in Indian Country as you can. One of the best things you can do is connect with a mentor because they are invaluable in helping you grow and learn.

  1. When you’re not in school or interning, where’s the most likely place we can find you? What are your hobbies, interests, etc.

When I’m not schooling/working I’m most likely at a concert enjoying live music. I also like finding new interesting places to eat and cooking new dishes. I enjoy spending time outdoors in nature, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring.

Christian Ulibatti:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am from Murrieta, CA. I am currently enrolled at the University of Montana in Missoula, where I am majoring in marketing with a minor in media arts. My tribal affiliation is Taos Pueblo.

  1. What made you interested in interning for the National Center?

I was interested in the work the National Center does with Indian country and specifically, the work it does with tribes and small businesses to help their business and economic development efforts.

  1. What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part of the internship so far is the people who work here at the National Center. Everyone is friendly and they make it a fun place to work at all times.

  1. How do you hope to use the internship in your studies and career path?

I plan on using the skills and knowledge that I have gained to help further not just my studies, but also my career path. After the internship, I will have a better understanding of the ins and outs of enterprise development within Indian Country.

  1. Do you have any advice for fellow students who have an interest in economic development or work in Indian Country more broadly?

You should take any opportunity that is given to you and run with it. I wouldn’t have been in the position I am in right now if it weren’t for my desire to try something outside of my wheelhouse.

  1. When you’re not in school or interning, where’s the most likely place we can find you? What are your hobbies, interests, etc.

You will most likely find me with my friends, whether its going out to lunch, going to the movie theaters, or just hanging out at someone’s house.