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Morris K. Udall Foundation
Program Manager, Native American Congressional Internship Program and Native American Recruiting

Posted: 8/31/2009

Full-time position based in Tucson, Arizona.

Brief description:

The Udall Foundation's Native American Congressional Internship Program is a ten-week, summer internship for Native Americans and Alaska Natives in Washington, D.C. Interns work in Senate and House offices and federal agencies to gain an insider's view of the federal government. The program provides interns with opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities; exposure to resources available in Washington, DC, for legislative research and tribal policy development; and opportunities to network with key public officials, agency officials, and national tribal advocacy organizations.

The Program Manager for the Native American Congressional Internship Program manages strategy, implementation, and communication in four principal areas: applicant recruitment and intern selection; Congressional and federal agency office placements; intern housing and enrichment activities; and alumni development. The Program Manager reports directly to the Senior Program Manager for Education Programs, is an integral member of the Education team, and works with the Program Manager for the Udall Scholarship Program on strategy and implementation of Native American recruitment for the undergraduate scholarship. The Program Manager spends approximately 3 months each year (May 15-August 15) in Washington, D.C. to provide general supervision and professional mentoring of 12 Native American Interns.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Work with Education staff to develop and implement a national recruiting plan and targeted outreach for the Internship Program and Native American undergraduate scholarship.
  • Work with Education staff to enhance promotional materials and the internship website.
  • Work with Education staff to create guidelines for the selection of interns.
  • Coordinate application and selection processes.
  • Manage applicant and intern notifications.
  • Maintain institutional relationships with Congressional offices and federal agencies in Washington, D.C.
  • Arrange placement for 12 Native American Interns in appropriate congressional/agency offices.
  • Strategize and implement intern orientation, public receptions and enrichment activities.
  • Arrange housing for interns and manage residence and student life issues.
  • Maintain and develop alumni network and institutional relationships with Native American communities and organizations.
  • Conduct program evaluations to ensure continued improvements.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree
  • Experience mentoring, advising, and/or recruiting Native American college or graduate students
  • Knowledge of policies, issues and problems affecting Indian country
  • Ability to spend May 15-August 15 living in Washington, DC (housing and per diem provided)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or professional degree in Native American studies or similar field
  • Experience interning or working for the federal government
  • Previous experience as a residential advisor or in college admissions
  • Familiar with Microsoft Publisher and Picture Manager

Salary range: $35,000-$45,000 with federal benefits. Reasonable relocation costs paid. Information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Morris K. Udall Foundation, attn: Jane Curlin; 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701-1922; or email a cover letter and resume (Word or PDF) to Jane Curlin at No faxes or phone calls.

Deadline to submit materials: September 18, 2009

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