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Resources for Getting Involved in Indian Health

The NIHB Health Policy Fellowship is just one of many ways young people can gain valuable experience in policy and health advocacy. The following is a short list of opportunities where you can learn from experts in their field, gain life-changing experience, build your resume, and meet like-minded individuals willing to step up and advocate for the health of our communities.

George Washington University
Native American Political Leadership Program

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in a semester in Washington D.C. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. The NAPLP scholarship covers: tuition and fees for 2 core classes (+ another 3rd class), housing, a stipend for books and living expenses, and airfare to and from Washington D.C. Additionally NAPLP connects students with internship opportunities.

National Congress of American Indians

NCAI offers internships on an invitation-only basis for students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning. Internships are usually for the length of a semester or summer session. Internships are unpaid, but many schools will offer college credit, and some Tribes may be willing to sponsor NCAI interns from their Tribe.

National Congress of American Indians
Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance

This is an exceptional opportunity for young professionals from across Indian Country to work alongside national leaders in Tribal policy at the National Congress of American Indians which is often called “The Embassy of Tribal Nations.” Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.

National Indian Health Board
NIHB Health Policy Fellowship

The NIHB Health Policy Fellowship is a year-long program for American Indian and Alaska Native youth interested in making a difference in the health of their communities. Fellows work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue. Then, with the support of program mentors, Fellows learn how to analyze policy in their issue area, create informed recommendations, and advocate for change. NIHB Health Policy Fellows meet in-person 3 times and receive 5 virtual trainings to strengthen their leadership skills and ability to effectively advocate for their communities. NIHB covers the cost of Fellows’ travel and accommodations to attend all in-person meetings. NIHB also provides free opportunities for professional development, leadership, and skills building to both current Fellows and Fellowship alumni.

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Youth Delegates Program

New members will serve for one year, and will become the official youth policy body for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and its member tribes. This diverse group of Native youth (ages 14-24) must be enrolled members or a descendant of one of the 43 NPAIHB member tribes located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Youth Delegates will provide recommendations to the NPAIHB and other state and federal agencies about health programs and policies that affect young people. The goal is to involve youth in all levels of community decision-making. NPAIHB will cover your travel costs to attend in-person meetings, hook you up with free We R Native gear, and provide new opportunities and experiences you can add to your resume.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Democratic Internships and Fellowships

The Vice Chairman’s Office seeks individuals with specific interests in Indian education, tribal economic development, Indian land management, federal trust responsibility, Indian healthcare, Indian housing, and tribal law and order. Interns and fellows assist with legislative research projects, hearings and administrative tasks and gain firsthand knowledge on how a Senate Committee works to pass legislation and conducts oversight on federal agencies, programs and policy implementation. Though no specific major or program is required, a good academic record is a must. Applicants who can work full-time (40 hours/five days per week) are strongly preferred.

Funding varies depending on the office you work in.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Republican Internships

The internship program consists of two four-month sessions in the spring and fall, and one three month session in the summer. Applicants must have completed at least one year of study in an institution of higher education, and typically have an interest in Federal Indian Law or Natural Resources. Interns will participate in a wide array of activities including: hearing preparations, legislative research, constituent correspondence, and administrative tasks. The internship program gives students hands on experience with the committee legislative process and federal oversight.

Each intern is given a monthly stipend to help with living expenses. Funding varies depending on the office you work in.

Udall Foundation
Native American Congressional Internship Program

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. Interns receive a stipend, free accommodation, and money for food, transportation and other incidentals.

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