Student Professional Development Grants

Explore Your Professional Journey

Are you eager to explore your professional potential? We are here to support your journey!

Program Overview

Student Professional Development (SPD) grants provide experiential learning opportunities that boost your professional literacy and open doors to exciting career possibilities. As you develop your professional skills, you can gain a deeper understanding of your future employment options.

The 2023-24 American Indian College Fund Student Ambassador cohort.
Nahrin Aziz, Northwest Indian College ECE Project Director presenting at TIECN session, NAEYC Conference

Create Impactful Projects

We encourage you to create projects that empower your personal and professional growth. You have the option of being awarded academic credit for your project, depending upon your college’s or university’s requirements. However, our main goals are to develop your capacity for:

  • Professional literacy exploration
  • Professional skills development, both “hard skills” and “transferable skills”
  • Long-term, professional learning objective and outcome development
  • Employment path exploration

Explore Project Ideas

Consider the following project options:

  • Internship: Gain practical experience in your field of study or career interest, even virtually.
  • Research: Dive into structured investigation and analysis to develop valuable skills.
  • Service Learning: Combine community service with skill development for positive change.
  • Field Work: Apply research methods to your curriculum for deeper understanding.
Interns at Little Big Horn Colleg

Grant Details

If awarded, you will receive $1,500 up to $5,000, depending upon your project’s focus, outcomes, and duration.

Join us in shaping a brighter future for yourself. Your journey to personal and professional growth begins here.

Start with Explore Careers to look for academic programs that may align with personal and professional goals; additionally, find useful information on possible job tracks.

    • Academic Programs and Jobs
    • Networking
    • Native-Focused Degrees and Programs
    • Native-Focused Institutes and Centers
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities
    • Future Planning Form

Check out Programs to Develop Your Skills page to learn about student programs that can support academic and skill development goals.

    • Student Professional Development Grants
    • 7 Generation Innovators Fellowship
    • Internship Matching (coming soon)
    • Innovation Programs (coming soon)

The Professional Development page offers basic resources to support professional and career development.

    • Creating Your Résumé
    • Interview Tips and Professional Etiquette
    • Graduate School
    • Internships

Employment Resources provides basic information for us as we move from entry level positions to upper-level management roles.

    • Entry Level
    • Management Level
    • Leadership Level (coming soon)
    • Entrepreneurship Level (coming soon)
    • Retirement Level (coming soon)

The Career Advising Resources page provides resources for those who are supporting academic and professional journeys for others.

    • Cultural Career Advising
    • Six R Evaluation Framework
    • Research Repository

Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal colleges and universities provide dynamic higher education opportunities, most on or near reservation lands. Known for their remarkable programs, culturally-relevant curricula, and familial student care – tribal colleges allow students to further their careers, attain an advanced degree, or better support their communities.