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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,

American Indian College Fund Internship Program

This developing program is to link interested students to opportunities with College Fund partnering organization and corporations. If you are interested in connecting to a possible internship with one of the College Fund’s many partners, please fill out an application for consideration. If your interests match a partner’s needs, we will work to network you into their program. Please send questions to

Download the application here >> [72KB]. Deadline is March 1, 2017


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.

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

First Nations Development Institute

Accounting & Finance

The American Finance Association (AFA)

Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance

American Accounting Association

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

American Production and Inventory Control Society


Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)

Human Resources

International Association of Administrative Professionals

National Human Resources Association (NHRA)

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Computer Science and Information Technology

Careers in computer science and information technology are well-paid and growing in the current job market. They range from web developers to software systems developers. Although computer science and information technology sound similar in scope, they are different in application. Computer science is more mathematics and software design while information technology is the installation of computer systems and network maintenance. So, if you are looking to develop your own computer game, you should consider a degree in computer science. If you are considering cyber security, you should consider a degree in information technology.

What Can You Do With a Computer Science Degree?

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Association for Computing Machinery

Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society

Association for Information Science and Technology

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Association for Information Technology Professionals


An education degree can set you up for teaching, but it can also prepare you for a variety of other positions in the job market. Education degrees lead to administrative roles within higher education institutions, social work roles in domestic and international communities, a community educator in a variety of topics, and a career advisor, to list a few. Additionally, an education degree has several focus areas such as early education, primary education, secondary education, special education, and assistant roles.

National Indian Education Association

National Education Association

Association of American Educators

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Institute for Early Education Research

National Association for Early Learning Leaders

NASPA – Student Affairs Professional in Higher Education

American College Personnel Association

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education


Federal Government

Although most students attaining a degree in public policy, public administration, and law consider positions in the federal government, the federal agencies are often looking for people with skill sets that lie outside those degrees. Many agencies need people with great skills in communication, design, project management, business management, accounting, media, and a variety of other majors. Positions in forests, parks, and national monuments exist around the country through federal agencies. Each of these agencies has an office devoted to working with tribes.

Go Government Partnership for Public Service
Society of American Indian Government Employees

Health Careers and Nursing

Health careers are an important industry throughout the country. Although there are shortages in physicians and nurses, there are many other health care positions available for consideration. You can consider employment as an optician, dentist, paramedic, physical therapist, and veterinarian to list a few. As health care policies change, there is a need for medical secretaries and assistants that work behind the desk to support those who work directly with patients.

Association of American Indian Physicians

Association of Native American Medical Students

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association

National Student Nurses’ Association

Student National Medical Association

Student Health Care Organizations

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)

Liberal Arts

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, liberal arts degrees lay a foundation that can lead to better communication and understanding of diverse communities in professional environments. Although technical skills rank high for other majors, the skills attained through a liberal arts degree include critical thinking with intense verbal and written communication grounded in debate and explanation, which can increase problem solving and interaction on many levels. Additionally, these skills hold the potential for upper management roles in a variety of industries.

What to Do With Your Arts Degree

American Anthropological Association
Society for Applied Anthropology

College English Association

National History Club

American Historical Association

Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations
Modern Language Association

American Philosophical Association

American Philosophical Society

  • A year-long predoctoral fellowship. You can read more about the fellowship here.
  • A postdoctoral fellowship that can support a range of individuals, including a recent Ph.D., a faculty member in need of sabbatical support, or an independent scholar working closely with an indigenous community. Information on this opportunity is here.
  • Several short-term research fellowships that provide funds for recipients to travel to archives around the country to conduct research.  The call for applications for this fellowship is here.

National Association of Scholars

Association for Core Texts and Courses

Social Sciences

Social science degrees on their own can set you up for entry level positions in politics and social work, but they can also provide a stepping stone to graduate degrees in public policy, public administration, international affairs, psychology, sociology, criminology, and a variety of other service-oriented degrees. The study of social science looks at the how humans interact with one another or behave in a given environment. Study in this area work to improve the skill sets of engaging people in managing interactions and behaviors.

American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
National Board of Certified Counselor

National Criminal Justice Association

American Psychological Association
Society of Personality and Social Psychology

Public Policy
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Social Work
Clinical Social Work Association
National Association of Social Workers

Public Policy
National Philosophic Counseling Association

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Careers in STEM are some of the highest paying positions available in today’s job market. STEM careers play a large part of the success of the US economy and, in most cases, provide some flexibility to the job seeker in reference to job location because there is a high need for qualified workers. Math is at the core of most STEM positions and most consider engineering to be the goal of STEM, but if you consider your interests and a higher level of problem solving, your study may lead to a well-paved, successful career path.

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