Who Should Apply?

Udall Interns have pursued a variety of majors and fields of study, among them, American Indian Studies, Political Science, Law or Pre-law, Psychology, Social Work, History, Business or Public Administration, Anthropology, Community and Urban Planning, Architecture, Communications, Health Sciences, Public Health, Biology, Engineering, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Natural Resources, Economics, and Justice Studies.

Regardless of field of study, a successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Interest in learning how the federal government "really works;"
  • Commitment to his or her tribal community;
  • Knowledge of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall's legacy with regard to Native Americans;
  • Awareness of issues and challenges currently facing Indian Country;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Organizational abilities and time management skills;
  • Maturity, responsibility, and flexibility.

Each applicant must:

  • Fall under the Foundation's definition of Native American or Alaska Native*;
  • Be a junior or senior in college, a recent graduate from a tribal or four-year college, or a graduate or law student;
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Applicants must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation. Applicants who are members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency.

*For the purposes of the Internship Program, a Native American or Alaska Native is any individual who is:

  1. A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940 and any tribe recognized by the state in which the tribe or band resides;
  2. A descendant in first or second degree of a member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the tribe or band, who can demonstrate affiliation with the tribal community according to criteria set by the Foundation;
  3. Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;
  4. An Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native;
  5. A permanent U.S. resident who is a member of the First Nations of Canada.

The Udall Internship gave me more than I ever imagined. I met Native American professionals who are using their education and experience on Capitol Hill to work diligently for Indian Country. Most importantly, I learned about myself, and I will use this experience to help me to reach my goal of contributing to my tribe.

- Salisha Old Bull, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, 2007 Intern