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Innovation Group Announces Native Intern Program

Innovation Group Announces Native Intern Program

The Innovation Group (TIG) last month announced the rollout of its Native American Internship Program as well as a new collaboration with online gaming developer BetConstruct to bring data science services and social gaming together to tribal gaming operators.

TIG has partnered with the Native American community for more than 25 years, seeking new ways to support tribes in reaching their broader development goals. Beginning in May, tribal members seeking professional careers in gaming will be invited to participate in comprehensive studies being undertaken by their tribe—involving expansion feasibility, economic development and database analysis—as paid interns side by side with the TIG project team. In addition to offering interns valuable insights to bring back to their careers and operations, the program will also invigorate TIG’s work.

Longtime TIG Tribal Division leader Dennis Balyeat sees a deeper relationship.

“The decades-long effort by tribes to integrate membership into management just got a big boost, while TIG gets perspective that will really bring its research to life,” he said.

Director Chris Irwin says TIG’s Native American Internship Program initially will be open exclusively to college and graduate-level students, and to gaming enterprise staff from TIG’s broad network of tribal clients. Candidates must be recommended by their tribal leadership. More information is available on The Innovation Group’s website.

Meanwhile, Innovation Analytics, TIG’s data science arm, has partnered with with BetConstruct, industry-leading developer and provider of online and land-based betting and gaming solutions.

“We will offer live data science sessions at NIGA using our analytics programs and BetConstruct’s online technology platform,” said Innovation Analytics Principal Anthony Mason. Attendees also will learn how TIG’s data science services increase player engagement, expand loyalty and drive incremental revenue for Native American casino operators.

TIG President Michael Soll sees an important connection between these two new initiatives.

“TIG’s data services will make tribes more competitive today,” said Soll. “And, in conjunction with our internships, they will be more self-sufficient by preparing the next generation of tribal leaders for the convergence of online and bricks-and-mortar gaming.”

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