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2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

March 2, 2016

Indian Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Lawrence S. Roberts has announced the launch of the 2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week internship program with the agency.  The Institute was developed in support of President Obama’s “Generation Indigenous” initiative which aims to remove barriers to success for Native Youth and is designed to provide Native 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 Institute is open to American Indian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.  To be eligible, students must be:

  • A member of a federally recognized tribe
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program


Applications must include:

  • A personal statement (700 words maximum)
  • A resume (one page preferred; no more than two pages)
  • Indian Preference Verification Form BIA-4432
  • A full set of unofficial transcripts


For more information, see the press release:

IA Student Leadership Summer Institute Press Release

Last modified: March 2, 2016