National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has announced many opportunities for youth internships and fellowships.  Please feel free to share with friends who may be interested.



Applications Due March 1st

42% of the American Indian & Alaska Native single-race population is 25 or younger.


In 2014 NCAI is expanding the National Native Youth Cabinet to include greater geographic and tribal diversity, and to include youth with juvenile justice or child welfare systems experience.

All applicants will be considered equally but youth from Alaska, Northern Plains, Pacific Northwest, California, and the Southeast and Northeast are strongly encouraged to apply.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) aims to support tribes and Indian organizations to implement or enhance tribal youth councils and executive youth cabinet positions. NCAI is offering sustained training and networking for current and future tribal youth cabinet or youth council members by expanding the National Native Youth Cabinet. Training and networking opportunities are virtual and in-person.

Applicants should be nominated by a tribe or Indian organization, and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age 16 to 25 years (exceptions considered with written tribal justification) and
    • An existing Tribal Youth Cabinet member or similar executive level position, or
    • An existing Tribal Youth Council member, or
    • A young person designated by the tribe or Indian organization to explore or create a tribal executive level youth position or Youth Council.
  • Nominees must
    • Have access to a computer with video and audio capacities, and internet access.
    • Be available to travel to Washington DC for in-person training and meetings the week of July 14, 2014. (Travel and accommodation expenses will be provided.)

Please find more information about the National Native Youth Cabinet and complete the application here.


Applications are due via email to Heather Zenone at by Friday, March 1, 2014. A completed application submission must include a personal/education information form, an essay, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the appropriate tribal/organizational notice of nomination. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 1, 2014.

NCAI Contact Information: Heather Zenone, Program Manager –


NCAI FELLOWSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS | 2014 Wilma Mankiller Fellowship and Internship Opportunities Posted


NCAI is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders to protect and advance tribal sovereignty for generations to come. Young Native leaders are invited to apply for either our internship or the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship. The application can be downloaded for initial review here and completed online at this link:

Our deadlines for 2014 applications are as follows:

  • Wilma Mankiller Fellowship – Applications due March 17 with decisions made no later than April 21.
  • Summer 2014 Internship – Applications will be accepted until March 31 with decisions made no later than April 30.
  • Fall 2014 Internship – Applications will be accepted until June 23 with decisions made no later than July 11.

More details regarding fellowships and internships at NCAI can be found on our website.

NCAI Contact Information: Peter Morris, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director – 




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 address the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. While the current challenges of Native health are great, some of the most promising developments are from Native nations who are exercising considerable control over health care delivery and workforce development. Building the capacity of individuals and communities is critical to empowering tribes to assert this right to self-governance and self-determination in the public health domain. By supporting graduate students in various health-related fields, NCAI seeks to increase the number of Native health leaders and equip them with the tools necessary to achieve our vision of strong, healthy Native communities.


Fellowship Components

The Fellowship will include two components: 1) financial support; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy. The successful Fellow will receive an award of $5,000, which can be used to cover both academic and living expenses.


Expanding our future leaders’ knowledge of tribal sovereignty and tribal public policy is a crucial objective of the fellowship. To fulfill this goal, a number of top fellow candidates will meet during the summer of 2014 at the Embassy of Tribal Nations in Washington D.C. for a workshop on tribal sovereignty and tribal public policy, with a particular emphasis on Native health policy and recent innovations in Native health. Throughout the week, fellows will meet with NCAI staff, tribal leaders, representatives from other Native organizations, and key policymakers.



Applicants should be members of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal nation and must be new or continuing full-time students in Fall of 2014 pursuing graduate or professional degrees in any health-related area, including Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), etc.


Application Process


Applications are due via email to Laura Bird at by Friday, March 21, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1, 2014.


All complete and eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of NCAI staff and other key leaders in Native health. Fellows will be selected on the basis of:


  • Demonstrated commitment to American Indian and Alaska Native communities and/or tribal health policy, through contributions to or participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, community or public service, tribal government and cultural activities, and research;
  • Desire to use degree and knowledge gained from the Fellowship to support tribal communities and/or Indian Country;
  • Strength of academic record;
  • Previous professional experience and community engagement;
  • Quality of essay;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Demonstrated leadership, character, and integrity.

A completed application submission must include a personal/education information form, essay, a resume or curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.


Download Application

Download Reference & Evaluation Form

The Native Graduate Health Fellowship is possible through the generous support of Robert Burnette, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and a range of other donors. NCAI deeply appreciates these donors’ essential role in establishing and sustaining the endowment that supports the fellowship.

NCAI Contact Information: Laura Bird, Legislative Associate –



Native high school students interested in public service, government, or politics should apply for the 2014 INSPIRE Pre-College Summer Program held July 6 – 25, 2014 hosted by George Washington University’s (GW) Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP).

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship opportunity to spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University (GW) campus to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The INSPIRE Initiative is open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising junior and senior high school students, including 2014 anticipated graduates. The scholarship includes: one course in Native Politics, room and board at GW, airfare, textbooks, and local travel.


Applications due are March 1, 2014.

To learn more or apply online, visit

NCAI Contact Information: Brent Huggins, Legislative Fellow –