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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.


Health & Medicine

Summer Health Professions Education Program
The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a free, six-week career-enrichment program for college freshman and sophomore students, interested in a career within the health professions. The program has been shaping careers and changing the lives of premedical and predental college students for 27 years, formerly as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Today, the SHPEP initiative has expanded to include other health careers, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health. 

Rural Immersion Institute of the North
The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) is a roughly 3-week program that introduces healthcare students to the realities of providing care in rural Alaska. Students spend the beginning of the program in Anchorage, learning about Alaskan culture and meeting with healthcare professionals to hear about their experiences. The middle 10 days are spent job-shadowing healthcare professionals in a rural community somewhere in the state. The program ends back in Anchorage, where students present their experiences and lessons learned.
Application info here.

The Native American Research Internship
The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

If you are Native American and curious about vertebrate fossils (e.g., rhinos, horses, and bone crushing dogs) and medicine and enjoy being in the “great outdoors”, this scientific expedition is for you. You may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit. Activities will begin on the OSU-CHS campus and include exploring anatomy, com- paring diseased and normal organs, preparing fossil specimens, reading topographical maps, and learning how to use a compass and GPS units. Participants will be able to interact with physicians and medical students to learn more about healthy lifestyles and medicine. These activities will be followed by a paleontological dig at Black Mesa, Oklahoma and either Utah, Wyoming or California . Native traditions and culture will also be a part of this experience.
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 for info about the application process for this program.
Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) Program
The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 9-week summer program designed for undergraduate juniors and seniors, and recent baccalaureate degree students, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4-point scale who are interested in learning more about public health and preventing health disparities. Through this program, with university partners from across the nation (University of South Dakota and University of California - Davis), MCHC/RISE-UP offers public health leadership learning experiences in clinical, research, and community engagement and advocacy areas.
The RISE Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health, allied health and social sciences graduate programs who are interested in conducting research in the areas of infectious diseases and/or health disparities. Fellows increase professional leadership skills and are supported to present their research at national meetings.
Maternal and Child Health-Leadership Education, Advocacy, and Research Network (MCH-LEARN) Program
The MCH-LEARN Program is a 9-week summer program that continues through the following academic year with monthly meetings. This program provides undergraduate freshman and sophomore students, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale from underrepresented populations who are interested in the maternal and child healthcare (MCH) field, a comprehensive, integrated learning experience. The overarching goal of MCH-LEARN is to increase the number of students from historically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented populations who enter graduate school in MCH fields.
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.
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.

Policy & Leadership 

AAIA (Association on American Indian Affairs) Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship 
The Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship is a one-year fellowship position. AAIA is seeking recent graduates of undergraduate, graduate or law degree programs; the applicant must have or will graduate between January 2016 and June 2018. A successful applicant will receive a stipend starting at $35,000 depending on the applicant’s degree program and level of experience.  The job location is in Rockville, Maryland, in the metro DC area.  The Cultural Sovereignty Fellow will support the development of national policy in Indian affairs, and provide research, analysis and writing to support programs that include youth education, juvenile justice issues, sacred site protection, repatriation and protection of cultural heritage.

Native American Congressional Internship Program
The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

U.S. Department of State Internship
At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. The 
U.S. Department of State Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

Intern with Senator James Lankford
The Office of Senator James Lankford is seeking applications for interns in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and DC offices. Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: answering phones, performing administrative tasks, assisting with database management, contributing to the office correspondence process, supporting staff with projects, and conducting legislative research. 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.

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
We offer paid, full-time or part-time internships in the summer, spring, and fall. Interns have the opportunity to work as full members of the OK Policy team and participate in nearly all aspects of what we do. Intern tasks may include collecting data, conducting research, assisting with advocacy efforts, writing blog posts on state policy issues,  and helping to coordinate events. 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.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Fellowships/Internships
NCAI offers internships and fellowships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from across Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development. All interns and fellows are selected through an application and interview process.

White House Fellows Program
Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

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).  Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various fields of study, research, and graduate programs available.  Graduate Horizons is a biennial program, held every other year in the summer.


South Central Climate Science Center - Summer Internship Program
This summer undergraduate internship opportunity is for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (including physical, natural, and social sciences). It is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of the impacts of climate change and variability in the south-central U.S. They are seeking positive, collaborative students who like new experiences and are adaptive to new environments. 

DHS HS- STTEM Summer Internship Program
The 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. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Geospatial Summer Fellowship Program
The Geospatial Summer Fellowship Program provides students with opportunities to explore the use of geospatial information science in higher education learning. This six week online program includes hands-on GIS and remote sensing training, webinars and a course project (estimated at approximately 96 hours). Upon completion students will receive a laptop and stipend.

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 an interesting and enjoyable 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.

Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
The 2-3 month Post-Baccalaureate Internship Program is open to students who have received a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in or planning to attend a graduate degree program in biostatistics. Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply!

AISES National Conference
Come 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
The 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.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Environmental Sustainability 

Navajo Ancestral Lands Crew Member
The ANCESTRAL LANDS model is rooted in the culture and heritage of local tribal communities. The power and impact of Ancestral Lands programming is due to the community investment and support for each program tribally and locally, combined with the network of operational support from Conservation Legacy. To date there are 17 different Ancestral Lands programs operating both nationally and on the local level. Ancestral Lands engages Native youth and young adults in meaningful conservation projects on Native Lands.

Tribe Specific

Cherokee Nation Businesses Internship Program:
- Contact: Rosa Tillis, Cherokee Nation Businesses Recruiter
- 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 Nation Internship Program
Focused on educating young Chickasaw leaders in government, community and business relationships, the Chickasaw Nation internship program provides motivated college-aged students with a first-hand view of what it takes to be highly effective ambassadors and real-world problem solvers.


PEM 2018 Long Term Fellowship
The Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to announce a new post-graduate education fellowship for 2018, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Beginning in March 2018, this nine-month fellowship will provide support to the research, development and implementation of programs in the museum’s Education Department. The Native American Mellon Education Fellow is fully integrated into the Education Department as a full-time staff member.

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

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. 

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, Clinical, and Professional Development. 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.

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