2014 Summer Internship: BIA Forestry Tribal Youth Initiative for 20 Students

The Salish Kootenai College Center for Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences (TREES) just received funding through the BIA Forestry Tribal Youth Initiative to fund a national network of 20 high school interns this summer. Here is how it works:

Tribes may apply for one or two interns that are either current high school students or are under the age of 24 and are attending college as non-forestry majors (but might be interested in switching)

For each intern, the tribal forestry program will receive a direct payment of $5,000 for intern salary and an additional $1,000 for expenses and equipment.  In addition, if the intern decides to enroll in any college forestry program in the next two years, SKC TREES will award him/her a one-time $2,000 scholarship

Applications must come from tribal forestry or BIA partners but are very simple: please provide name, age and tribal affiliation of proposed intern and a brief description of what the intern will be doing. Preference will be given to applicants that focus on introducing the intern to key activities in forest management. You can email this information directly to me at this email address

If you have any questions, please email at adrian_leighton@skc.edu or call Adrian Leighton, PhD Chair, Natural Resources Department at the  Salish Kootenai College on her cell phone (406-885-2787). A total of 20 interns will be supported during this summer, and applications can begin immediately, and will be considered until all positions are filled

Please pass this post on to others that may be interested. The Salish Kootenai College is very excited to “host” this opportunity and hope that it helps build the career ladder in forestry for BIA and Tribes.

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