Internships & Apprenticeships

November 2, 2016: The Metropolitan Council’s Urban Scholars program provides students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds a distinctive professional experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating a resume-building career pathway. Urban Scholars Internship

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge will once again be hiring a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew this summer. Attached is a flier and application for students who may be interested. Applications need to be submitted by Friday, April 22 in order to be included in the random drawing for 4 crew member positions. Students can drop their applications off at the refuge (Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F) or mail them. Mailed applications need to be postmarked no later than April 22. Students who are randomly selected for the crew will be notified by phone while all other applicants will receive a declination letter in the mail. Please feel free to share this job opportunity with any other professionals who may have interested students in mind. 2016 YCC School Flier. YCC_Application. Additional information about Sherburne NWR can be found online at

AmeriCorps Restoring Relations is seeking Youth Corps Crew Leaders and Crew Members. Youth Corps Crew Leaders (ages 19-25) will educate, train and lead youth members (ages 15-18) on natural resource conservation projects such as trail construction and maintenance, boardwalk building, planting, campsite development and invasive species removal. Leaders will facilitate educational and recreational activities during spike trips, after workdays and on weekends. The position seeks applicants who are members of Native American Tribes, or identify as American Indian/Native American. Crew leaders will lead, teach, mentor and learn in a way that supports American Indian culture and values. In this way, leaders will help youth participants make connections between service project goals and indigenous values. Restoring Relations Youth Corps – Crew Leader position. Restoring Relations Youth Corps – Youth Crew Member position.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Pathways Internship Program is seeking student trainees in Forestry with a salary of $25,731.00 to $37,551.00 / Per Year. Deadline for application is March 17, 2016. The Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their career, before their career paths are fully established. These positions are expected to begin SUMMER 2016. Positions to be filled are Student Trainees in Forestry. The program allows students to gain real, paid work experience while pursuing a college degree in a particular career field. Work locations vary each summer and the duties and locations are designed to provide hands on experience and training in the specific discipline for which hired. (Students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications and other eligibility requirements may be offered permanent positions with our agency upon graduation.)

The Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress application is now available. Tribal students from across the country will tackle climate change and related environmental issues impacting Native peoples. The mission of the Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address climate change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities. Please read the application for more information about the congress and how to apply. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2016. ITYCLC_Application_Packet_Fillable_Form_Final

The NACF National Artist Fellowship is dedicated to supporting American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, and to date has awarded more than 50 Native artists in the U.S. To learn more about and view artwork of previous Fellows awarded, please go to and click on the Programs/Fellowship Program tab.

As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (“Gen-I”) initiative to remove barriers to success for Native Youth, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced the launch of the 2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June. The Institute will provide American Indian and Alaska Native 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. Roberts made the announcement at the National Congress of American Indians’ “Tribal Nations Legislative Summit 114th Congress Executive Council” meeting. For more information:

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is seeking interns for the summer of 2016. Positions will be 40 hours/wk for 8 – 10 weeks. Starting Salary: $10.10/hr. If needed, a housing allowance may be available. 2016 Internship Opportunity[1]

In 2016, the​ U.S.​ Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students and recent graduates interested in a conservation career. 2016 DFP flyer (19 Jan 2016)

Indian Land Tenure Foundation: The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is looking to hire two current undergraduate or graduate students as interns for the summer of 2016. The internships are full-time positions over the course of 10 – 12 weeks (400 hours). Beginning and ending dates are negotiable. Salary will be $15.00 per hour with potential additional funds for living and relocation expenses. As temporary employees of ILTF, interns are not eligible for employee benefits. ILTF’s mission is to ensure that “land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.” We support this mission through long-term capital investments, focused grant-making, and collaborations with those holding similar interest in Indian land tenure issues.

Local Ironworkers Union: Apprenticeship program available: Twin Cities Union Ironworker Program

Minnesota Historical Society Native American Artist-in-Residence Program: The Minnesota Historical Society is seeking applications for the 2015/16 Native American Artist-in-Residence Program. In 2015/16, the program will award 2 residencies for Native artists engaged in traditional artmaking and provide them stipends to connect with museum collections, peer artists, and/or other knowledgeable community members. Artists must currently reside in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or South Dakota. For more information, please visit and Questions can be directed to Ben Gessner at 651-259-3281 or To view the full informational flyer click here.

National Indian Gaming Commission Summer Intern Position within the Office of General Counsel: The National Indian Gaming Commission’s Office of General Counsel is seeking applicants for a paid intern position for the summer of 2016 in Washington, DC. The Office of General Counsel’s summer internship program is for students who have completed at least their first year of law school. The intern is expected to work at least 40 hours per week. National Indian Gaming Commission summer internship

Urban Scholars: Future leaders are currently being sought for employment in a leadership development summer internship program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds called Urban Scholars. The 12-week program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, State of Minnesota, PCL Construction, and Greater Twin Cities United Way. For more information and a link to the online application, visit: If you have specific questions or need additional information, please contact: or (612) 673-2516.

Vision Maker Media Public Media Internships:Vision Maker Media is pleased to offer Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internships is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting. For more information and to apply: