American Indian Studies requires internships of all Masters of Arts  and BA mjor candidates, and strongly recommends it for all Ph.D. students and undergraduate pursung minors. Internships offer students a chance to become directly involved in tribal interests and issues for a semester and give tribes and communities the opportunity to have a student make a professional and scholarly contribution in an area of expressed need. internships also provide students with an opportunity to work with instituitons whose purposes is to work with Native American communities. The purpose of an internship is to provide students with hands-on, day-to-day work experience that is directly related to academic interests. AIS faculty believe that most interns learn as much outside the classroom as they do in the classroom. Internships some identify post-graduation employment opportunities during their internship experience.

American Indian Studies has a structured internship application process; students are responsible for finding their internship sites within various tribal governments, organizations both on and off-campus, or related agencies. This listing offered below is intended to help students identify a potential internship site, but is not intended to be exhaustive. If you wish to propose an alternative site, by all means do so!

Students may enroll for internships during Fall or Spring semesters or during the summer sessions. Internships may be paid or unpaid.

All necessary forms are available at this link: AIS Internship Forms

Following is a list of programs and agencies that have expressed a desire for interns. You are not limited to this list, however.

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Native American Congressional Internship Native American Congressional Internship
Intern will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes. Broaden knowledge of the laws and policies that affect tribal communities. Meet with elected officials, staff at American Indian advocacy and public interest organizations, and American Indian professionals in Washington, D.C.
First Alaskans Institute Summer Internship

 The Summer Internship Program (SIP) places Alaska Native, Native American, Indigenous and rural undergraduate/graduate students into organizations around Alaska to provide further leadership growth, employment experience and cultural exploration.

We aim to develop leaders that understand their own histories and traditions, bringing awareness of current and emerging issues, and to provide practical experiences for them to draw from. We have the expectation of encouraging leaders who contribute to the Native community by participating in boards and commissions, service projects, networking with community leaders and engaging in the decision making process for issues that are crucial to the advancement of Alaska Natives.

American Indian Language and Development Institute, Tucson

AILDI brings together poets, linguists, tribal elders,..

Alyce Sadongei, Program Coordinator Website
NAU/AZCC Cancer Research Part, D.C.

The NACP provides a unique and valuable opportunity for collaboration with investigators and the Native American communities to address their health concerns related to cancer as well as providing advanced training programs for Native American students entering undergraduate and graduate research

First Nations Development Institute (FNDI), Fredericksburg, VA

FNDI is a Native economic development organization whose...

Sarah Dewees

Homolovi Ruins State Park, Winslow Arizona

Send your application, answers to the following...


Project View is a diversity recruitment program offering...

William R. Lawrence Website
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM)

The Institute is a non-profit corporation established to...

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program

The Scholars Program brings talented African American,...

Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, IL

CAA offers a limited number of partial scholarships to...

Mary Pirkl Website
Native Seeds Search, Tucson

Conservation Internship: location, Tucson/Patagonia;...

Belle Star

Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, CO

Student may work either for financial compensation or...

Eric L. Anderson

National Center for Cooperative Education (NCCE) in Natural Resources, Lawrence, KS

An American Indian accepted into or enrolled in a...

Dr. Doug Eifler

Literacy Connects

The programs of Literacy Volunteers of Tucson provide...

Betty Stauffer

Morris K. Udall Foundation Internship Program, Washington, D.C.

Strengthening Native American Communities and enhancing...

Theresa Bravo

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center – Research Internship Program


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Albuquerque, N.M.

Program provides an opportunity to explore federal...

Tina Pino, Program Officer

Amerind Foundation Internship Program

The Amerind Foundation is seeking graduate student...

Chief Curator Dr. Eric Kaldahl

Arizona Commissions on Indian Affairs, Phoenix

The Arizona Commissions on Indian Affairs is working for...

Christine Thomas

Arizona Game & Fish Department

The student must be currently enrolled in a curriculum...

Sally Little & Janet Freed

The Newberry Library Internships

The Newberry Library offers internships in most of its...

National Congress of the American Indian, D.C.

Each intern or fellow considered full-time members of...

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Air Quality Internship

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals of...

Braleyn Hudson

San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation

Internships range from planning to clinical therapy. We...

Denise Begay

Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico

Contact Laurence Brown for further information and...

Laurence Brown

Seneca Gaming Corporation, Niagara Falls, NY

Internships offered in Finance, Food & Beverage,...

Claudia Jezioro

Southwest Law & Policy Center, Tucson

The Southwest Center for Law & Policy is a 501 c3...

Hallie White Website
Tohono O'odham Community College

Student intern. Contact Brenda Eleando-Jones for further...

Brenda Eleando-Jones

Tohono O'odham Venito Garcia Tribal Library Internship

Venito Garcia Library and Archives, the tribal library...

Dave Shaul

Tucson Indian Center

The Tucson Indian Center (TIC) offers students the...

Taryn Kaye

United Nations, Indigenous Fellowship Program

The aim of the program is to give indigenous people the...

University of Arizona State Museum

People, Objects and Their Stories, the Arizona State...

Beth Grindel

University of Arizona Office of Federal Relations Internship  

Shanley Yates

Washington, DC Lobby group Internship

Additional information is also available from the Office...

Rick Meyers

Desert Diamond Casinos Internship

My name is Debra S. Woolbright...

University of Arizona Press Internship


Scott De Herrera Website
Humanity in Action (HIA) ...    
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy...

Tracey Totten Website
CBS News Internship Program

CBS News...

Katie Curcio Website
American Bar Foundation (ABF), Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Sciences for Undergraduate Students


Northern Arizona University – Summer Student Internship (SSI)


Mansel A. Nelson Website
The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)

The School for Advanced...

The Sustainable Nations Development Project
The Sustainable Nations Development Project is seeking...
PennElys GoodShield Website
HUNAP Peabody Museum Summer Internship

Co-sponsored by Harvard University Native...

Jason Packineau Website
American Indian Assistance Fund

American Indian Assistance Fund - To Support Student...


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences