White House Fellows

Engagement in the work of the federal government lies at the heart of a White House Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges. This work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows’ part.

White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities range from chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations. Job assignments are made by the Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during “Placement Week”.

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Now Accepting Applications for Procopio’s 2016 Native American Internship Program

Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part of this engaging opportunity.

The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities.

Applications are due Friday, October 30th by 5 p.m. PST.
Applications should include:

  • The blog post writing sample (see below)
  • Law school transcript
  • Resume
  • Cover letter identifying why this is an opportunity you would like to pursue
  • Any tribal governmental experience you have and why Native legal issues are significant to you.

For more information, click here.

Congressional Internship for Native Americans – Rep. Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) seeks Native American interns for his Washington, D.C. office.

Rep. Ruiz is an American medical doctor and politician. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives and a member of the Democratic Party. In what was considered a major upset, Ruiz defeated incumbent, Rep. Mary Bono Mack in the November 2012 general election in California’s 36th congressional district. Ruiz is running for re-election in 2014.

Click here for more information about becoming a congressional intern.

Click here to apply for a Capitol Hill internship in Rep. Ruiz’s office.

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.