AMOUNT: DC summer paid internship + $1,200 education stipend

Even as Native nations achieve greater levels of self-determination, Indian Country continues to be influenced by U.S. federal law and policy. The Udall Internship places students in Senate, House, and federal agency offices to learn firsthand how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Interns will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes.

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.


  • Must be an Alaska Native or American Indian. An American Indian or Alaska Native is any individual who is:

    • An enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940;
    • A descendant in first or second degree of an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community, according to criteria set by the Udall Foundation;
    • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
    • An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native;
    • A permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada.
  • Must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms, cards, and/or descent documentation such as a Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood. Descendants of enrolled tribal members must provide proof of their parent's or grandparent's enrollment and birth certificates that demonstrate the applicant's relationship to the enrolled tribal member. Applicants who are members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. Applicants who cannot demonstrate tribal enrollment and do not have a CDIB should obtain a letter from a tribal leader to demonstrate their involvement in the tribal community.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.


  1. Contact campus representative Brett Clark ( 
  2. Submit online application

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Interns are selected on the basis of:

  • Commitment to a career related to tribal public policy or supporting tribal communities;
  • Leadership, public service, integrity, and consensus building;
  • Knowledge and skills applicable to a federal agency or congressional office;
  • Academic achievement; and
  • An understanding of the Udall legacy, demonstrated through the application essay.

number of recipients: 12