The Innovation Group to relaunch tribal internship program amid COVID recovery CDC Gaming Reports · September 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm The Innovation Group (TIG) today announced the relaunch of its Native American Internship Program as the gaming industry steadily recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. Suspended in the wake of the pandemic, the program offers TIG’s tribal clients the opportunity to build in-house expertise and participants the opportunity to broaden their skill sets. “Many of the changes the industry has undergone over the last 18 months will be enduring and present an opportunity for program participants to bring what we have learned together back to tribal governments and enterprises,” said TIG President Michael Soll. The Innovation Group has served the Native American community for nearly three decades, continually pursuing new ways to support tribes in reaching their development goals. Beginning again this month, tribal members seeking professional careers in gaming are invited to participate in comprehensive studies – involving expansion feasibility, economic development, marketing and database analysis, and the introduction of sports betting – being undertaken by TIG with their gaming enterprises. As paid interns, these members will work side by side with TIG’s expert project teams. “The program is a win-win, boosting long-term efforts by tribes to integrate membership into management, while invigorating our work with perspective that can really bring the research to life,” said Chris Irwin, vice president of TIG’s tribal business. TIG’s Native American Internship Program is open to college and graduate-level students, and gaming staff from TIG’s broad network of tribal clients. Candidates must be recommended by their tribal leadership. TIG will host an information session to re-introduce the program next month during Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, as well as a virtual session following the event.