Meet Gilbert’s Native American Management Interns
Laura LaBonte Medina
It is a great honor to be a part of this beautiful town. Gilbert has raised my standards of the type of community I would love to raise a family. By allowing the Native American management internship, Gilbert provides real experience into the sectors that mean most to a student wanting to work in native nation governments. My name is Laura LaBonte Medina and am enrolled in the Grand Traverse Band of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, born in New Mexico, and raised on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. I have two Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and American Indian Studies from ASU. I currently am a second year master’s student and apart of the first cohort in the American Indian Studies program at ASU. My concentration is tribal leadership and governance, which is why I am so excited to be working with the intergovernmental department and budget. Thank you Miigwetch for allowing me to participate in the Town of Gilbert.
Cole St. Arnold
Cole St. Arnold is a master of public administration student at Arizona State University, specializing in nonprofit administration. He is in in final semester at ASU and is hoping to continue working in resource development for organizations focusing on American Indian needs. Prior to working for the Town of Gilbert, Cole worked for the YMCA, the American Indian College Fund, and Make-A-Wish America. Cole is an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation located in northern New Mexico. He is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cole is seeking to learn more about the roles that policy analysis and administration plays in coordinating a variety of departments. Additionally, he is hoping to build his leadership skills by contributing to the executive and managerial decision making process. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, Ultimate Frisbee, and spending time with his fiancée, Catherine, and corgi, Finn. Cole is excited to be a part of the Town of Gilbert team and hopes to provide a positive impact not just for himself but future interns in the Native American Management internship.