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Volunteer Opportunities

Many students find that volunteering during their time at Oklahoma State can be both fulfilling and academically beneficial. CampusLink allows you to track your service hours online. Undergraduate students that complete 300+ hours during their time at OSU will receive a chord recognizing their achievements upon graduation. You can track your hours through the student organizations that you participate in on campus.

Step 1: Log on to CampusLink using your okstate login.
Step 2: Join an organization of your choice. If you wish to log hours without joining an organization, use the search bar to join Service-Learning Volunteer Center. 
Step 3: Click on Service Hours and begin logging your hours!
Step 4: Checkout "Places to Volunteer" under the documents tab to find other places in Stillwater that offer volunteer opportunities.

Internships

Health & Medicine

Rural Immersion Institute of the North
Come be a part of an interdisciplinary approach to preparing for graduate studies in healthcare. Gain a deeper understanding of health issues confronting rural communities. Gain valuable skills for becoming a future provider.

The Native American Research Internship
The Native American Research Internship at the University of Utah is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American/Alaska Native Undergraduate Junior and Senior students who are interested in becoming health professionals or researchers. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health. The internship focus is to provide Native American/Alaska Native students an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world-class research faculty. The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American/Alaska Native students who are interested in Health Science careers. This is a great summer opportunity for students interested in Graduate school or Health Professional school. No previous research experience is required.
- CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW

If you are American Indian and are interested in the natural world and Native culture, you should consider joining our team of Native research scientists, educators and physicians on a scientific and cultural expedition. The program provides out-of-the-classroom, hands-on experiences that will strengthen your knowledge of science, medicine and Native cultures. We will work with you to build professional and tribal networks in science, medicine and culture. Ultimately, you will learn how Native cultures complement the natural world and medicine while creating lifelong, professional networks and friendships. To this end, the program will provide guidance for your career choices and strengthen your cultural background. This year, we plan to explore two unique ecoregions within the Basin and Range Province of North America: Central Basin and Range (Great Basin Desert) and Mojave Basin and Range (Mojave Desert).  We will visit famous vertebrate localities, collect vertebrate fossil remains (e.g., horse, rhinos, camels and bone crushing dogs) that are about 16 million years old, visit museums and archeological sites and learn about the history and culture of the Native people that inhabited these regions over the past 10,000 years. You will learn about the modern plants and animals that occur in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts.  If you are interested in learning about the vertebrate fossils, natural history and Native culture and traditions of the Basin and Range Province of North America, this scientific expedition is for you. You may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit.
 
Columbia University- Summer Public Health Scholars Program:
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. The program is designed for undergraduates going into their junior or senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members.
- Click here for application information
 
Association of American Indian Physicians- Pre-Admission Workshop
The Pre-Admission Workshop is held during the AAIP Annual Meeting & National Health Conference, which is an event held annually to bring together AAIP member physicians; AI/AN college (undergraduate, graduate, and/or medical) students; traditional healers; public health employees; and other interested individuals, with the goal of networking and discussing the current state of Native health and health education.
- Click here to inquire about the application process for this program.
 
Association of American Indian Physicians- Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop
A workshop designed to identify strategies to improve communications between American Indian/Alaska Native patients and health professionals; describe current health issues affecting Indian communities in both reservation and urban settings; compare and contrast Western & Traditional Medicine views of health; and improve understanding of the role of traditional healers. AAIP awards scholarships to college students (undergraduate, graduate, and/or medical students) to cover the cost of airfare, hotel accommodations, workshop registration and materials, and most meals.
- Click here to inquire about the application process for this program.
 

Kennedy Krieger Institute- Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success Program:
The PLLUSS Program is an 8-week summer public health leadership and research program that continues student support for 150 hours during the academic year. The PLLUSS Program is for undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. Students must complete sufficient course credit hours during the program for a minor in public health. PLLUSS Program students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. Students will be encouraged to submit research to national meetings and produce peer-reviewed publications.
- Click here for information about the application. 

Kennedy Krieger Institute: James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged and supported to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.
-Click here for information about the application.

National Congress of American Indians- Native Graduate Health Fellowship:
The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Fellowship will include two components: 1) a financial award of $5,000; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy.

University of Michigan- Future Public Health Leaders Program:
The Future Public Health Leaders Program is a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. The participants explore public health through seminars, workshops, and engagement in a community-based research project. Throughout the program the experience is guided by mentors from public health disciplines. The participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, real world work experience, and a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet public health professionals.
- Click here for applications.

Policy & Leadership 

U.S. Department of State Unpaid Internship
The U.S. Department of State 2017 Spring Student Unpaid Internship. The program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships that provide professional experience and personal growth and learning within a foreign affairs environment.The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at more than 270 embassies, consulates, and missions. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

Intern with Senator James Lankford
Internships are unpaid; however they provide an excellent way to gain valuable experience and skills, and could lead to college credit (per your university's requirements). Interns are expected to work a minimum of 14 hours a week over 2-3 days. Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to interns@lankford.senate.gov. The deadline for applications for the Spring 2017 semester is November 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Harvard Kennedy School - Public Policy and Leadership Conference 
The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is held at Harvard Kennedy School each February to inspire talented, driven, and diverse first- and second-year undergraduate students to pursue careers in public service. Among these careers include positions in federal, state, or local government, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, intergovernmental organizations, international institutions, and social enterprises.

OK Policy Institute
These paid interns will be expected to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability. Research interns will be based in our Tulsa office, with occasional opportunities to work from home or school. Advocacy interns may be based in Tulsa or Oklahoma City. Please indicate your preference for one or the other track (if you have one) and preferred location if you choose the advocacy track in your cover letter.Our interns are treated as full members of the OK Policy team, and you have the opportunity to gain experience in nearly all aspects of what we do. Intern tasks may include collecting data, conducting research, writing blog posts or reports on state policy issues, strategizing policy goals, coordinating volunteers, and helping to organize events on a wide range of topics. Eligible students should have completed at least four semesters of college coursework or be pursuing a graduate degree. We are happy to cooperate with an institution’s requirements for academic credit.
- To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, a resume or CV, and a writing sample of no more than 20 pages to jobs@okpolicy.org by Tuesday, December 22. Please include “spring internship” in the subject line.

National Congress of American Indians- NCAI Youth Commission
NCAI’s Youth Commission offers youth ages 16-23 the opportunity to engage on National scale along-side tribal leaders to help address the issues facing Indian Country. Established in 1997, the NCAI Youth Commission has been a space for tribal youth to come together and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face within their communities.

White House Fellows Program
The fellowship year consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. In addition, Fellows participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at leadership in government, non-profits, business, the media and more|
- Click here for a membership application.

Initiatives for Student Enhancement Undergraduate Program:
The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer public health leadership program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months of the MCHC/RISE-UP orientation). Three tracks are offered: (1) clinical (KKI only), (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy. From one of the following three MCHC/RISE-UP training sites, scholar selects the location that is closest to their permanent residence: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD, University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities/California State University, Los Angeles in CA.
- Click here for information about the application process.

Morehouse College- Project IMHOTEP
Project IMHOTEP is an 11-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and other educational initiatives and must complete a required number of community service hours. The interns receive training and support in data analysis and other project requirements. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation, poster, and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal. Due to the demands of the program, Morehouse College seeks highly qualified students.

Graduate Horizons
Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school). Participants of the program complete graduate ready personal statements/statements of purpose; resumes/cvʼs; applications; receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) by the Princeton Review Foundation; understand the financial aid process for graduate school and learn about graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities; and they attend seminars on the various aspects of the admissions process.
- Click here for information on how to apply - 2018 dates are forthcoming.  Graduate Horizons is a biennial program, held every other year in the summer.  Program dates for the next program's host institution and date will be announced by fall 2017.

American University- Washington Internship for Native Students:
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) offers students of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership and advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations. WINS students intern with Native advocacy and government agencies across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Economic, Social Service, Law, and Public Policy disciplines. WINS's experiential curriculum develops student's professional skills of self-determined community development and public advocacy.

National Congress of American Indians- Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance:
The NCAI Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance Fellowship program provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging young professionals throughout Indian Country to work side by side with national leaders in tribal policy. The eleven-month fellowship (for which a stipend and benefits will be available through the Youth Leadership Endowment), begins the first week of September each year, with two to three applicants selected to serve annually. Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.

Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium 
The Summer Intern will work directly with the SGCE Director to develop a summer project that intersects with their academic interests and supports ongoing SGCE initiatives and Self-Governance priorities. The Intern will also assist in archival projects, coordination of Advisory Committee tasks, and preparation for the 2016 Fall Tribal Self-Governance Strategy Session.

STEM

DHS HS- STTEM Summer Internship Program
he U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals 

Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The Summer Program is an intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive a whirlwind introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental, and medical research. The program also provides advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and individualized mentoring by Harvard faculty. Participants take non-credit introductory courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and statistical programming languages such as R and STATA (a statistical program), and attend a series of afternoon topical seminars. The seminars, led by faculty members from various departments at the Harvard School of Public Health, are designed to broaden participant's understanding of the relationship of biostatistics to human health by providing a snapshot of methods developed and applied to real research projects in different fields. Participants also gain research experience through small-group research projects directed by faculty and graduate student mentors.  At the end of the program, students present their research to the group and to affiliated faculty. Housing and travel are provided and a living stipend of approximately $1500/month is provided for the 6-week program.
- Program runs from June 12, 2016 - July 23, 2016. 

Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
The 3-month internship program is for post-bacs interested in or planning to attend a graduate degree program in biostatistics. Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply. Travel is provided and interns will receive a salary for their participation in the post-baccalaureate program. Interns will participate in collaborative research projects through three, one-month long rotations at academic and clinical centers at Harvard.  They will attend regular seminars at Harvard and Dana Farber Cancer Institute on biostatistical topics. They will also attend the annual Pipelines Into Biostatistics Symposium in July 2016 and return the next summer to present their research at our 2017 Annual Symposium.
- Applications are viewed on a rolling basis.

American Indian Graduate Center- Bureau of Indian Education STEM Loan for Service:
AIGC administers a Bureau of Indian Education contract to provide financial assistance in the form of loans to eligible American Indian and Alaska Natives seeking graduate and professional degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal is to promote opportunity for careers with tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Affairs—funded organizations on and off reservations. Loans are paid back at the rate of one year of service for one year of funding.

Dopamine and plasticity in complex behavior (T. Giray and C. I. Abramson Co-PIs)
This collaboration provides a singular opportunity to examine bees from two drastically different subspecies, typically found in different geographies, in one common garden located at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey. This international collaboration combines the capabilities of our Turkish collaborators in genetics and ecology with the behavioral physiology expertise of co-PI’s Tugrul Giray (UPR Rio Piedras Campus), and the animal behavioral experience of Dr. Charles Abramson (Oklahoma State Univ.) and Harrington Wells (UTulsa). The trip will last 6-8 weeks, all expenses related to airfare and housing will be provided as well as a stipend.
- Contact charles.abramson@okstate.edu for additional questions

AISES National Conference Research Track Proposals
C
ome present and compete in this year's research competition. This is an opportunity to receive feedback on your completed STEM research , add a presentation citation to your resume / CV, and compete for awards and prizes.

SACNAS National Conference
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he SACNAS National Conference motivates, inspires and engages participants to achieve their highest goals in pursuing education and careers in STEM fields. Conference programming is specifically tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career professionals at each transition stage of their career as they move towards positions of science leadership.

Environmental Sustainability 

EPA Seeking Young Adults to Serve on NEJAC Work Group on Climate Justice
Students with interest in working on evironmental projects have an opportunity to become a member of a student-led advisory group for the NEJAC.
- Click
here for a membership application
- FAQ

Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Two Initiatives to Provide Learning, Training Opportunities for Native Youth in Water Resource Management and Designing Energy Solutions

Navajo Ancestral Lands Crew Member
Ancestral Lands programs select youth and young adults to complete conservation work projects on public lands through the Southwest. Our programs focus on place based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development.

Nebraska and Black Hills National Forest Internship
Interns will serve with the US Forest Service, completing meaningful conservation work on the forest by building off of the intern’s knowledge and experience. A key component of the project work will be for the interns to engage the local Native American community and assist in building connections between the community and the forest. Find additional information here

Gulf Islands National Seashore Career Institute Internship 
Interns will serve and work on projects on National Park Service units, doing meaningful work for the Park, building off of the intern’s knowledge and experience. A key component of the project work will be to engage the local Native American community and build stronger ties between the community and the NPS. Find additional information here.

 

Tribe Specific

Choctaw College Connect – Choctaw Nation Internship Program: Choctaw Connect offers a variety of internships for currently enrolled juniors and seniors deemed passing by their education institutions. These opportunities include:

  • Hotel & Restaurant
  • IT
  • Safety Management
  • Human Resources
  • Guest Services
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Employee Relations
  • Legal
  • Agriculture

Cherokee Nation Businesses Internship Program:
- Contact: Rosa Tillis, Cherokee Nation Businesses Recruiter
- Internship.program@cnent.com
- Phone: (918) 384-5863
- Fax: (918) 266-4721

Choctaw Nation Internship Program:
- Oklahoma Congressman Mullin offers an internship in D.C.

Choctaw Nation Tribal Policy Internship Program
The Tribal Policy Internship Program was established in 2014 and is the result of donations given to the Chahta Foundation by the Tribal Policy Program. Each year this internship is to be awarded to an annually determined number of undergraduate Choctaw students who are attending a university as an undergraduate Junior or Senior or Graduate. The value of the Tribal Policy Internship Program Scholarship is $5,000 to be awarded as up to $2,500 per semester for up to two semesters upon completion of the internship program with the Choctaw Nation Tribal Policy Department.

Chickasaw Explorers Homeland Trip
This experience will train young leaders to identify and record ancient artifacts, participate in archaeological surveys and excavation and search for the site of 1541 Chicasa.
- Application Deadline is due April 1, 2016 

Chickasaw Nation Internship Program
The Chickasaw Nation Department of Culture and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Internship Program.
This program is designed to train young Chickasaw leaders to identify problems and implement lasting solutions through collaborative working relationships with government and business leaders.
Interns are provided an eight-week internship opportunity, biweekly pay, one round-trip ticket to the internship location and housing accommodations.
Applicants must be a Chickasaw citizen, ages 18-25 and a full-time college student.
Applications can be found at www.chickasaw.net/internship. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.
For more information, contact Catie Hamilton at (580) 272-1286 or catie.hamilton@chickasaw.net.

Other

50+ Exciting Summer Internships for College Students & Grad Students
Check out the Seminole Nation's Education page for a list of summer internships!  Why settle for a dull desk job this summer when exciting internship opportunities could be yours for the taking?  Even if your career path is slightly ordinary, there are extraordinary companies that need ordinary jobs fulfilled, transforming the daily description from generic to glamorous.  From politics to polar bears, these internships prove you can have the summer of a lifetime and gain invaluable work experience, too. No matter what your field of study or age, for that matter, there’s an exciting internship opportunity waiting for you!  Don’t settle for dull – gain the professional experience you need and have a blast while doing it.  Check out more than 50 of the most interesting internship opportunities available to college and graduate students.

Dem Internships and Fellowships
The Vice Chairman’s Office seeks individuals with specific interests in Indian education, tribal economic development, Indian land management, federal trust responsibility, Indian healthcare, Indian housing, and tribal law and order. Interns and fellows assist with legislative research projects, hearings and administrative tasks and gain firsthand knowledge on how a Senate Committee works to pass legislation and conducts oversight on federal agencies, programs and policy implementation. Though no specific major or program is required, a good academic record is a must. Applicants who can work full-time (40 hours/five days per week) are strongly preferred

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Internship Program
The College Work Experience (CWE) program is a 10 week internship program for current college Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students or students who graduated after July 1, 2015. The CWE program is competitive. Students will be selected by the Employment & Training Staff. If selected, the applicant must interview and complete other necessary paperwork. Priority will be given to new applicants.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Internship Program
The National Center for Cooperative Education in Natural Resources (NCCE) is a student summer employment programs. These programs are designed to promote the development of American Indian and Alaska Native natural resources professionals by helping students achieve their educational and career goals. The programs are to help BIA and tribal natural resources managers find qualified employees currently attending college with majors in the fields of forestry, range science, agriculture science, wildlife/fisheries, and other natural resources areas. 

2017 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students 18 years and older who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in the Many Languages, One World Essay Contest. ESSAY TOPICGlobal citizenshipcultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. 60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2017 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 15-26 July, 2017, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.  Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc
-Essay Submission Deadline: Friday, 31 March, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Oklahoma State University- American Indians into Psychology Summer Enrichment Program: The AIIP Summer Enrichment Program is designed to help American Indian students gain exposure to the diverse aspects of the field of psychology through research, clinical, and educational activities. The program consists of three components. Research: participants work with faculty and graduate students in the clinical, counseling, school, and lifespan developmental (experimental) psychology programs on psychological research projects. Clinical: participants visit several tribal healthcare or social services agencies to see first-hand what psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who provide direct services to Indian peoples do. Professional Development: participants attend weekly seminars on subjects ranging from ethics to research design to tribal law. Guest speakers from around the state and the nation are brought in to lecture and discuss with participants about topics relative to American Indian Psychology. The program is held for four weeks each summer through the month of June. After a day of orientation to the program, participants typically spend weekdays satisfying the research and clinical components of the program and Saturday mornings on professional development. The program also provides a variety of cultural experiences including tours of several Indian Nations around the state of Oklahoma, powwows, and other exposures to Native arts and cultures. Participants are given living stipends and on-campus housing is available.

Indian Country Today Media Network:
Explore a few of the internships/fellowships listed on the website:

  • Energy Resource Development Tribal internship Program
  • Center for substance abuse prevention (CSSP) fellowship program
  • Native American Women’s Health Education Resource center
  • Woods Hole Partnership Education Program

 

If an opportunity for your tribe doesn't appear on our Internship and Opportunities page, we would love to connect you to that information.