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Opportunities with NCAI
NCAI offers internships and fellowships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from across Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development. All interns and fellows are selected through an application and interview process.
NCAI Internships: Students enrolled in institutions of higher learning are invited to apply for semester or summer-long internships (for which most institutions will offer college credit), with one to two applicants selected for each term. NCAI interns work with various staff on the issues they are most interested in pursuing.
The Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance: The NCAI Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance Fellowship Program provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging young professionals from across Indian Country to work side by side with national leaders in tribal policy. Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.
NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship: The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Fellowship will include two components: 1) a financial award of $5,000; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy.
Other Opportunities and Resources
The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, offers an in-depth list of resources for youth. Established by former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, the organizations resources offers resources for youth, tribes, and others. Check out the Center’s Internship and Fellowships resources by visiting their website.
George Washington Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP)
The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) offered by the George Washington University is a full scholarship program designed to give Native American undergraduate and graduate students an incredible educational opportunity in the nation’s capital. Partnering with Semester In Washington Politics, NAPLP students take classes at GW, participate in hands-on internships, and interact with political leaders and policymakers. NAPLP includes a series of seminars devoted to public policy issues affecting Native American communities (American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian). Funded by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation, NAPLP plays a key role in preparing the next generation of Native American political leaders.
NAPLP offers an invaluable up-close view of Washington, D.C. Students learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run – because they are right in the center of the process. NAPLP is a guided, hands-on tour of the workings of the U.S. government, immersing students in the processes that define our political system.