Job Overview


Indian Affairs provides services to 567 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives. Indian Affairs offers an extensive range of programs such as social services, law enforcement and detention services, administration of tribal courts, natural resources management, economic development, implementation of land and water claim settlements, housing improvement, disaster relief, and the replacement and maintenance of schools, roads, and bridges.

Summer 2017 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students 

10 week appointment between June 2017 - August 2017


This internship program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students a unique opportunity to learn about federal policy and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout Indian Affairs. The program's mission is to engage and support the next generation of Native leaders in the federal government. The program provides students with an introduction to the Government-to-Government relationship between Tribal Nations and the U.S. Government. Students will gain an understanding of how the federal government carries out its trust responsibilities and how consultation with tribes guides policy development and implementation. Students will be exposed to the many offices and components within Indian Affairs and the Department's duties for Indian Country. Participants will be placed in high profile leadership offices within Indian Affairs and given the opportunity to complete substantive work and shadow departmental leaders, fostering knowledge of and interest in federal leadership positions and careers in public service.


All program participants/interns will meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation activities, events and tours at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Capitol, and the White House. Interns will be invited to sit in meetings with Tribal Leaders and tribal stakeholders to better understand the Nation-to-Nation relationship.

Salary Information: Starting salary is dependent upon the level of education completed, and commensurate with the locality pay of the geographic location of each position.

Who May Apply

·        Indian Preference Eligibles Only (must submit BIA Form 4432)





The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

*Prepare correspondence and technical documents, briefing material and presentations on program matters and policy issues;

*Contribute to high profile policy and program matters affecting Indian Country;

*Assist with responsibilities in offices leading collaboration with tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native communities;

*Perform research, analysis, and draft recommendations for improvements in effectiveness and/or efficiency or to maximize productivity for programs, processes, or procedures evaluated.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required to attend training, conferences, and meetings.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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