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The American Indian studies internship affords students the opportunity to relate their learning to the professional environment, through a structured practical experience. Interns may earn up to three credits by contributing 50 hours per credit to their placements and successfully completing assigned academic tasks.
Internships contribute to the education of the whole person by emphasizing the importance of work and by providing opportunities for self-reflection. Your internship should be chosen to build on your own interests and to relate what you have learned in school to its application in the workplace. In addition, your internship should help you evaluate yourself as a worker and as a potential employee in a particular professional field. Through the internship, you will enhance your feelings of self-worth and confidence in performing in the workplace.
While you are on the job, you should not only apply lessons learned in school to your particular job tasks, but you should also explore vocational possibilities and seek to discover what kinds of work you enjoy. In addition, you will be able to build on your résumé and professional portfolio. Internship experiences should also offer you access to potential mentors in your professional field.
Securing an Internship
American Indian studies students are required to find their own internship sites. Native American organizations such as non-profit groups, service providers and tribal government departments make excellent choices for the student seeking an internship. Some of the organizations that have hosted AIS interns in the past include: Heard Museum, Intertribal Council of Arizona, Heaven Sent, Washington Internship for Native Students and American Indian Technologies International.