2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative to remove barriers to success for Native Youth,Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced the launch of the 2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June. The Institute will provide American Indian and Alaska Native post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policymaking and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout the Indian Affairs organization.

The Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute’s mission is to engage and support the next generation of Native students interested in rising to leadership levels within federal government. The program will provide participants with:
• An introduction to the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the 567 federally recognized tribal nations;
• An understanding of how the federal government carries out its trust responsibilities to tribal and individual Indian trust beneficiaries;
• How the tribal consultation process guides the development and implementation of federal Indian policies and regulations;
• Real-world exposure to the Indian Affairs organization and its component bureaus, offices and programs that carry out its part of the Secretary of the Interior’s overall responsibilities to Indian Country.
The Institute is open to American Indian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Between 15-to-20 students will be selected to work at either Indian Affairs’ headquarters offices in Washington, D.C., or at the BIA 12 regional offices. Internships will begin in early June and end mid- August.

Applications will open for this opportunity on Monday, February 29, 2016 on the www.usajobs.gov website.