At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Native American Congressional Internship and Scholarship Programs

The Udall Foundation invites you to learn more about our Native American Congressional Internship Program and Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Please read below for details of both programs.

The Internship Program is a ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider’s view of the federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance. The complete application package must be received by January 31, 2012, at the Udall Foundation.

The Udall Scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy, Native Health Care, or the Environment. In addition to the $5,000 financial award, Udall Scholars also get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation and are immediately plugged into a growing and active alumni network. Tribal public policy includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, governance, law, education, justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities. Native American health care includes health care administration, social work, medicine, research, and other disciplines. The online application must be submitted to the Foundation by March 5, 2012, but individual institutions may have earlier deadlines. Interested students can contact their campus’ Udall faculty representative for more information.

We encourage you to visit our website at to learn more about the internship and scholarship opportunities. On the website, you’ll find videos about both programs, tips for applying, and Alumni Mentors you can contact with any questions you might have.

The Udall Foundation looks forward to hearing from you and receiving your application soon!

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