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Internships and Fellowships

Internships and fellowships play an important role in developing your professional presence. Learn more and use these resources to connect you to nationwide opportunities.

Learn about internships in this video created by Razelle Benally from the Institute of American Indian Art.

Produced at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. , this student short informs and promotes internships as a means of post college success. This project was made possible by The American Indian College Fund, Henry Luce Foundation, IAIA, and by the IAIA Cinematic Arts students. Written/Directed by Razelle Benally, Produced by Leroy Grafe, with Cinematography by Frosley Fowler. Starring Carmen Selam and Chad Browneagle.


Internships are short employment opportunities, paid and unpaid, to let you “test-drive” a job before you commit to making it your lifetime career choice. Internships are also great tools to improve skills and knowledge in a specific career path while helping you to build and improve your resume. Employers are more apt to consider you as an applicant if you participated in an internship before, during, or after your college career. Internships can also improve your admission changes to graduate school.

Why are internships so important?
by Beth Braccio Hering,


A fellowship is like a highly competitive scholarship which you can use to cover any costs you incur as a student, including textbooks, housing, tuition, or any other costs relating to your education, functioning like a grant. Fellowships vary in amounts awarded, and are predominately given to seniors or recently graduated undergraduates and graduate students. Fellowships are often available from professional organizations relating to your major or national foundations working to impact a certain field of study or area of research.

Connecting to others with similar professional and academic interests can be helpful for networking and developing future opportunities. Use the following links for professional associations and possible professional development opportunities.

Connecting to others with similar professional and academic interests can be helpful for networking and developing future opportunities. Use the following links for professional associations and possible professional development opportunities.

American Indian Studies

American Indian and Native American Studies have interdisciplinary content in their degree programs and can be used as the founding for a career as a professor, tribal administrator, public administration, policy maker, consultant, and lawyer. to list a few options. The associations listed below all host conferences and the last link offers a variety of opportunities.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

American Indian Studies Association Conference

National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates

American Studies Association


Art degrees vary in reference to fine and commercial art, and can be applied to numerous fields such as film, creative writing, painting, dancing, and sculpting, to list a few. Many institutions offer a business certificate along with an art degree to support emerging artists as they develop and market their craft. Art degrees pave the way for careers as a professor, gallery owner, art historian, and business owner. Following are links to larger national arts associations.

What to Do With a Degree in Art?

The National Endowment for the Arts

Indian Arts and Crafts Association

Native American Arts Studies Association

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Southwestern Association for Indian Arts

National Art Education Association

American for the Arts


Business degrees have a variety focus areas: finance, management, and accounting. There are also other career paths such as economics, marketing, and a few others that also branch from a study in business. Careers in business encompass those in the above areas of study as well as administrative leadership, non-profit management, consulting, policy analyst, and entrepreneur, to list a few. The links below can connect you to organizations that may assist in developing your business career.

What Can You Do With a Business Degree?

American Indian Business Leader

Native American Financial Officers Association

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

One Nation

First Nations Development Institute

Accounting & Finance

The American Finance Association (AFA):

American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA):

Association for Financial Professionals, Inc. (AFP):

The Professional Accounting Society of America (PASA):


American Marketing Association (AMA):

eMarketing Association (eMA):

The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP):

Social Media Club:

Business Management & Supply Chain Management

American Management Association:


Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO):

Human Resources

National Human Resources Association (NHRA):

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA):

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):

Federal Government

Liberal Arts

What to Do With Your Arts Degree


National History Club

American Historical Association


American Philosophical Association:

National Association of Scholars:

Association for Core Texts and Courses:

Social Sciences

National Philosophic Counseling Association:


American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

Society of the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science:


Pathways to Science:

Women in Science:

American Association of University Women:

Association for Women in Science:

Scientista – Women in Science and Engineering: