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

Half-time position based in Tucson, Arizona, or in Washington, DC.

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 Udall Foundation is located in Tucson, Arizona, and operates a satellite office in Washington, DC.

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, and works with the Program Manager for the Udall Scholarship Program on Native American recruitment for the undergraduate scholarship.

If based in Tucson, the Program Manager will spend approximately 3 months each year (May 15-August 15) in Washington, DC to provide general supervision and professional mentoring of 12 Native American Interns. Travel costs, housing, and a daily stipend will be provided. If based in Washington, DC, the Program Manager will travel to Tucson several times a year to meet with Education staff and manage the internship selection process.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Work with Education staff to implement a national recruiting plan and targeted outreach for the Internship Program and Native American undergraduate scholarship.
  • Coordinate application and selection processes.
  • Manage applicant and intern notifications.
  • Maintain institutional relationships with Congressional offices and federal agencies in Washington, DC
  • Arrange placement for 12 Native American Interns in appropriate congressional/agency offices.
  • Oversee and implement intern orientation, enrichment activities, and a public reception.
  • Manage residence and student life issues for 12 Interns.
  • Maintain and develop alumni network and institutional relationships with Native American 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
  • Experience interning or working for the federal government
  • Ability to spend May 15-August 15 living in Washington, DC
  • 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, indigenous law, public policy, or similar fields
  • Experience interning or working in the Senate, House, or a committee
  • Previous experience as a residential advisor or in college admissions

Salary range: $20,000-$25,000. Because this is a half-time position, the employee will earn reduced federal benefits. Information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the 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 please.

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