External internships are organized in alphabetical order



Champions for Change

Center for Native American Youth

The Center for Native American Youth sponsors the Champions for Change (CFC) program as an effort to shine a spotlight on inspirational stories and promote hope in Indian Country. In the visits to tribal and urban Indian communities, the team listens to and learns from young Native Americans about youth priorities, challenges, and successes. The objective is to hear from and about inspirational Native youth who are taking the lead in tackling community challenges and inspiring entire communities. Youth between 14 – 22 years is eligible.



Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute

The Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute is a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency. The institute provides Indian and Alaska Natives post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policymaking and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout the Indian Affairs organization.

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National Museum of the American Indian Internship

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program provides educational opportunities for students interested in the museum profession and related fields. Interns complete projects using the resources of the NMAI and other Smithsonian offices. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies, and to meet professionals in the museum field.  Internship also open to Non-Native students.



Native American Congressional Internship

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian 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. The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.



Native American Political Leadership Program

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship program designed to give Native American undergraduate and graduate students the chance to participate in the Semester in Washington Politics Program.



The Native American Summer Research Internship

University of Utah School of Medicine

This scholarship is for those undergraduate junior or senior interested in becoming a physician, biomedical researcher, or other health professional. The University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City offers a 10 week, paid summer internship.



Native American Awards Program

Smithsonian, Office of Fellowships and Internships

Three different options are available: Community Scholars, Visiting Students Awards, and an Internship. In the case of the Community Scholars and Visiting Awards, those who received them are eligible for a stipend and a small travel allowance. Interested must fill out an application, submit a short essay, and a CV or Resume along with transcripts.

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National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians is offering the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance and also the summer and fall Internships.

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Washington Internships for Native Students

The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) offers students of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership and advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations.

WINS students intern with Native advocacy and government agencies across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, economic, social service, law, and public policy disciplines. WINS's experiential curriculum develops student's professional skills of self-determined community development and public advocacy.