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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
Association for Information Science and Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Historical Association
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.
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.