NCAI Fellowship and Internship Application
Internships: NCAI offers internships on an invitation-only basis for students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning, and are based on NCAI’s current needs. Internships are usually for the length of a semester or summer session. Intern applicants must be able to serve a minimum of 16 hours per week, for a minimum of 6 weeks to be eligible for invitation. Internships are unpaid, but many schools will offer college credit, and some tribes may be willing to sponsor NCAI interns from their tribe. NCAI will be glad to provide information to your school or tribe to assist in securing credit or financial support for your internship.

Fellowships: We offer 11-month fellowships beginning at set times throughout the year. Fellowships are for individuals with an undergraduate or graduate degree. NCAI fellows serve as paid staff of NCAI during their fellowship.

If you have any questions or concerns about this application, please feel free to contact Nicole Hallingstad via email at nhallingstad@ncai.org.

TIMELINE

- Fellowship Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 15 of each year, with decisions made no later than April 15.

- Summer Internship Applications will be accepted until March 31 with decisions made no later than April 30.

- Fall Internship Applications will be accepted until June 22 with decisions made no later
than July 20.

BEFORE PROCEEDING

All candidates are asked to submit several writing pieces. NCAI recommends to prepare those pieces before beginning your application.

You will also be required to complete personal information fields including tribal affiliation, areas of interest, and three references.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions focused on your reason for working at NCAI, and addressing issues facing Indian Country.

Question 1:
What previous experience have you had with American Indian and Alaska Native issues? Please provide a description of work experience, school experience, and/or other experience with Native communities.

Question 2:
Please describe any relevant skills or experience you have to contribute to NCAI’s work in your areas of interest. Use this area to also indicate any preference for a particular area of NCAI’s work.

Question 3:
Please describe any relevant skills or experience you have to contribute to NCAI's work in the areas of focus you have identified within the form.

Question 4:
Please answer ALL the following questions, limiting your TOTAL response to a maximum of 500 words:
• Why are you interested in working with NCAI?
• What do you hope to gain from the intern/fellowship experience? And,
• How does the intern/fellowship experience relate to any long-range plans you may have?

Question 5:
Address ONE (1) of the following questions, limiting your TOTAL response to a maximum of 500 words:

a. What are the most promising strategies to build a bright future for Native youth?

b. What are the most significant challenges and opportunities related to tribal economic development?

c. Many Americans do not understand tribal nations and Native peoples. How can Indian Country effectively address this challenge?

d. Where has Indian Country seen the most significant progress in the last five years? What areas need more
attention in the next five years? OR,

e. Reflecting on NCAI’s history and current work, why do you think an organization like NCAI is necessary and important?

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