Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance

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For more than a decade, NCAI’s Fellows Program has provided the opportunity for bright young Native leaders to gain experience in policy advocacy, applied research, communications and development, and an array of other aspects of NCAI’s work to make a difference in Indian Country. This unique 11-month program has served over 30 young people, helping to provide young professionals with the tools and networks to take the next step into influential careers in Indian Country advocacy in the government, business, private, and civic sectors. Fellows work on a wide range of issues across all of the organization’s departments, ranging from telecommunications and juvenile justice to cultural property protections and education policy.

The NCAI Fellows Program has evolved significantly over the past few years as the profile of the fellowship has grown. In addition to a growing reputation and exponential increase in the number of applicants, in 2011, the NCAI Fellows Program was renamed in honor of Wilma Mankiller (the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation) and her outstanding contribution to Indian Country and tribal relations with other sovereign nations.

Selected fellows will begin in June with exceptions made for significant circumstances. NCAI reserves the right to offer a second-year fellowship to select Fellows based on exceptional performance, organizational need and available funding.

Specific duties for each intern or fellow will vary, depending on the nature of the legislative issues being addressed, the experience each brings to the position, and the individual working style of the staff team they work with. Fellows receive a stipend to cover living expenses while they serve at NCAI.

APPLY HERE: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). “Internships / Fellowships | NCAI“. Ncai.org. N. p., 2016. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.