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Scholarships & Career Opportunities

AmeriCorps Vista--Spirit of the Sun

Spirit of the Sun is a 501(c)3 non-profit working in Indian Country to move Native communities out of poverty.  They place AmeriCorps volunteers in tribal worksites, nationwide.  Our volunteers perform capacity building efforts, such as grant writing and program planning, to strengthn tribes and tribal organizations.

For more information, please see the flyer.

Wisconsin Public TV - Summer 2014 Tribal Histories Project Internship

Application Deadline: CLOSED
Submit to: Betsy Nelson;
betsy.nelson@wpr.org

Wisconsin Public Television seeks an intern for the Tribal Histories Project.  The twelve half-hour Wisconsin Tribal Histories will tell the stories of all eleven Wisconsin sovereign nations plus the federally unrecognized Brothertown tribe, uniquely and powerfully bringing them to life through first-person narrative.  These broadcast productions will begin airing in 2014 and continue into 2016.  The ideal candidate has a deep knowledge and understanding of tribal cultures and familiarity with archival history research.

See eligibility, duties & responsibilities, and application requirements here.

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program

The National Museum of the American Indian, New York Gustav Heye Center | The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. | The NMAI Cultural Resources Center
Application Deadlines: November 20, February 6, July 12

This internship provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession, American Indian studies, and related fields.  Ten-week Internships are available for the Winter/Spring term, Summer, and Fall.  Applicants must be enrolled in an academic program, with a GPA of 3.0 generally expected.  Stipends are available, as is academic credit.  Multiple internships are available in: 

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  • Collections Management
  • Repatriation
  • Technology
  • Cultural Interpreter
  • Film and Video
  • ImagiNATIONS Activity Center
  • Media
  • Museum Advancement
  • Development
  • Public Affairs
  • Research Project
  • Education
  • Visitor Services
  • Contemporary Native Art

See further information here.

Udall Native American Congressional Internships

Application Deadline: January 31

The Udall Native American Congressional Internship provides 12 Native American and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.  Educational stipends of $1,200 are available upon completion of the ten-week summer internship; apartment-style living is provided.  Roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. and a daily allowance for food also included.   Applicants must be either a junior or senior in college, a recent graduate from a tribal or four-year college, or a graduate or law student.  Other conditions apply.

For more information, please see here.

Ho-Chunk Nation Internship

Application Deadline: Open

For more information, please contact Dr. Debra Barker.

School for Advanced Research-Anne Ray Internship

Application Deadline: March 1st

The school for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships (Sept. 1-May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies.  The internships include a monthly salary, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR.  One internship is open to an indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements.

The interns will devote their time to working on IARC educational programming, research and writing activities, and collections management and registration.  Other requirements include presenting a research paper a the SAR Colloquium Series; attending a professional conference; assisting with IARC seminars, symposia, and collection tours; and working on outreach initiatives to local Native communities.  Interns will also participate in interviews, photo sessions, video recordings, and exit interviews to document their experience.  During the internships, the Anne Ray Resident Scholar provides mentorship and academic support to the interns.

For more information, please visit SAR's website.

School for Advanced Research--Internships for Credit

Application deadline: Ongoing

Internships are available for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in anthropology, art history, history, museum studies, or a related field.  Internships last a minimum of one semester (20 weeks) and are appropriately designed to suite the education and maturity level of the student.  Internships are geared toward practical experience and maximizing job market visibility in the museum field.

The IARC encourages interns to work with the IARC collections on individual projects based on their academic or professional interests.  Depending on interest, interns may work on projects relating to collections handling and cataloguing, community outreach/programs development, or academic research.  While these internships are unpaid, the IARC can work with the student's school or university department to establish academic redit.

For more information, please visit SAR's website.

Semester in Washington--Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP)

Application Deadlines: Spring Semester applications due in Oct./Nov.; Summer Semester applications due April/March

A full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics.  The Semester in Washington is comprised of four main components, including two core classes, an internship, weekly networking events, and the option to be paired with a mentor.  The NAPLP covers tuition, housing, a small stipend, and airfare.  Non-native students may apply directly to the Semester in Washington program.

For more information, please visit the George Washington University's website.

AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in federally recognized tribes and who are seeking a degree in health or science curriculums.  Each award is $1,500 per school year. 

See more information here.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Application Deadline: March

In 2014, the Foundation expects to ward 50 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Scholarship are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.

Veda Stone Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: May 1

One award of $600 awarded to a Native American student in good academic standing who has demonstrated artistic talent and is pursuing a degree in an artistic discipline, including visual, performing, or literary arts.  Preference will be shown for Wisconsin residents and members of Wisconsin tribes.

For more information, please see here.

Americans for Indian Opportunity--The Ambassadors Program

A leadership development and community building initiative based on traditional Indigenous values for Native Americans seeking to positively impact their community, strengthen their ability to improve their communities well-being, reaffirm cultural values and identity, and incorporate traditional values into strategies for the future.

For more information, please see AIO's website.

National Park Services--Cultural Resources Internships

Multiple internships are available, including a Cultural Resources Diversity Internship, a Heritage Documentation Programs Internship, and a National Council of Preservation Education Internship Program.

For more information, please see the National Park Service's website.

National Congress of American Indians--Internships

NCAI offers internships and fellowships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from throughout Indian Country to serce on the front lines of legislative action and policy development.  All interns and fellows are selected through an application and interview process.  Students enrolled in institutions of higher learning are invited to apply for semester or summer-long internships.

For more information, please see NCAI's website.

Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) Internships

Occasionally, NAFWS posts internships on their website.  NAFWS is a national tribal organization established informally during the early 1980's.  NAFWS was incorporated in 1983 to develop a national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

For more information, please see NAFWS's website.

Native American Rights Fund--Internships

The Native American Rights Fund is committed to the professional development of new attorneys in the field of Indian law.  Each year NARF conducts a nationwide search for law school students to participate in its clerkship and internship programs in all three of its offices.

For more information, please see NARF's website.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Internships

The Bureau of Indian Affairs' mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibilit yto protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.  Internships are posted on USAJobs.gov.

For more information, please see the BIA's website.

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Internships

Established in 2001, the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) is an Association that provides a forum for eleven (11) Native American Tribes in Wisconsin to identify and solve natural resource issues on Tribal lands.  We are a council that gives a voice to our Tribes of Wisconsin on conservation issues that are important to us at the state and national levels.

Through a strong partnership with the USDA-NRCS, the council reviews and recommends proposals for conservation projects from Tribes of Wisconsin.  Tribal Conservation Advisory Councils were first authorized in the 1995 Farm Bill as advisory bodies to NRCS and all of USDA on Tribal issues.  WTCAC was the first such council formed in the country.

WTCAC posts internships for the summer.  For more information, please visit their website

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