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Internship Opportunity: Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall
Foundation Minority Serving Institution
Initiative Internship—Education Programs Summer 2024 Term


Posted: 12/13/2023

The Minority Serving Institution Initiative Internship (MSI Internship) is a paid opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at accredited Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to gain professional experience in the Federal Government while completing their education. The selected MSI Intern will be an integrated member of the Education team and support recruitment, outreach, event planning, and other essential functions for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (Scholarship), Native American Congressional Internship (Internship), and Morris K. Udall and John S. McCain III Native American Graduate Fellowship in Tribal Policy (Native American Graduate Fellowship).

The MSI Internship Summer 2024 Term position will be based in the Udall Foundation’s Washington, D.C. Office with options for part-time or full-time employment; a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week is expected during typical work periods. The length of the MSI Internship is 12 weeks. This position is telework eligible as determined by agency policy.

The selected MSI Intern may be required to attend a new employee orientation or program meeting at the Udall Foundation’s headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. The Udall Foundation will arrange travel and provide reimbursement for expenses in compliance with the Federal Travel Regulation for the new employee orientation and any additional travel that may be required during the MSI Internship period.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide a range of essential administrative and program support for the 2024 Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C., including programming logistics; event planning; and coordination with staff of Congressional offices, Federal agencies, and other Washington, D.C.-based organizations.
  • Support the Scholarship and Native American Graduate Fellowship program activities and attend the 2024 Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Assist with developing social media and website content to promote the Education Programs and highlight program alumni.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

General Qualifications:

  • Superior character; good judgment; interpersonal skills; and an ability to work in a supportive, professional, and problem-solving manner with agency employees.
  • Skill in assessing a problem or requirement; organizing an appropriate, solutions-focused response; and engaging others as needed to achieve a desired outcome.
  • An ability to manage multiple requirements simultaneously and effectively.
  • An ability to work independently and to monitor and report on progress toward project objectives and milestones.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, listen effectively, and engage with and inspire others.
  • An interest in the mission areas of the Udall Foundation such as environmental policy, environmental conflict resolution, Native health care, or Tribal public policy.

Technical Qualifications:

  • A U.S. citizen.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a Minority Serving Institution on at least a part-time basis. Most accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions that meet the statutory criteria for identification as Minority Serving Institutions are listed at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html.
  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the school and remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the MSI Internship.
  • Technical or professional skills appropriate to the program or operational area of the Udall Foundation in which the MSI Internship work will be conducted.
  • Fluency with MS Office 365 tools including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Fluency with virtual communication and collaboration tools including MS Teams and Zoom.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

The selected MSI Intern will be required to submit certain background information to the Udall Foundation in order to begin employment.

All Udall Foundation employees are required to have payments made by direct deposit.

EDUCATION

All applicants must submit college or university transcripts (official or unofficial) as proof of enrollment in an accredited Minority Serving Institution’s undergraduate or graduate program.

COMPENSATION

As an intermittent Federal employee, the selected MSI Intern will be paid at an hourly rate consistent with the Udall Foundation’s pay schedule. The starting hourly rate is $20. Intermittent employees do not earn sick leave or annual (vacation) leave and are generally not eligible for health insurance, life insurance, or retirement benefits. The MSI Intern will accrue Federal time-in-service credit for the duration of the MSI Internship period.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and experience in the MSI Internship’s duties and responsibilities as well as how your experience meets the general and technical qualifications listed above; a current resume; a copy of your official or unofficial college transcript; and contact information for two professional references via email by the application deadline to:

Alicia Harris
Udall Foundation
harris@udall.gov
520.901.8524

Application materials received in full by the application deadline will be given consideration.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 29, 2024

NEXT STEPS

Evaluation of your application will be based on the information you supply. The materials you submit will not be returned; send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. After preliminary review of applications, the best-qualified candidates may be invited for one or more interviews, which may occur by telephone or videoconference. Those candidates selected for interviews should expect that performance, suitability, and security information will be verified from reference checks and that information will be taken into account in making employment offers. A decision to fill the vacancy is expected within 60 days after the end of the MSI Internship announcement period.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

EEO Policy Statement: The Udall Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation: The Udall Foundation provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process.

Privacy Act: Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or that you are exempt from doing so under the Selective Service Law.

Financial Disclosure: All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.

About the Udall Foundation
The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this Nation’s environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to also honor Stewart L. Udall for his half century of distinguished national leadership in environmental and Native American policy. The agency is known today as the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

The Udall Foundation is authorized by Congress to:


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