Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Emerging Leaders Program (IFSELP) is a three-week on-site summer program dedicated to creating opportunities for Indigenous students from across the nation to pursue careers in Indigenous food sovereignty. This summer program will be held at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, in collaboration with tribal colleges, tribal universities, and Indigenous food sovereignty programs. This summer program will prioritize the preservation of Indigenous food systems, traditions, and knowledge by offering an educational pathway for Indigenous students that promotes academic excellence through a cultural lens. To prepare our future generations of Indigenous Food Sovereignty Leaders, each student will identify and address an Indigenous food sovereignty-related challenge in their community and share what they learned at the end of the program. Travel expenses will be covered at no cost to the student and room and board will be provided at the NDSU campus dorms. A stipend will also be provided for participation.

Desert Research Institute’s Native Climate project seeks four high school, college, graduate, or recently graduated students from across the US for a 10-week summer internship in multimedia storytelling. The internship is fully remote, part time, and pays $15/hour. Interns will report on climate change impacts and resilience actions among Indigenous peoples in their regions, telling stories that build connections between traditional knowledge, Indigenous practices, and Western scientific understanding of climate change. This program combines structured learning with hands-on experience and mentorship, allowing interns to gain practical skills and exposure in various aspects of journalism and communication. Interns will meet twice-per-week via Microsoft Teams for learning sessions, feedback, mentorship, and opportunities to connect with professional journalists. Outside of these meetings, interns will work independently on story assignments.

We are excited to announce that the NSF-funded University of California – Irvine (UCI) Climate Justice Initiative based in the Dept. of Earth System Science, in partnership with the UCI Research Justice Shop, is recruiting six recent college graduates for paid one-year postbaccalaureate fellowships (~$51k/year) focused on climate change, environmental justice, and community-engaged research.  This opportunity is open to recent BA or BS recipients (class of 23 or 24) in any discipline, though those from geoscience and related STEM disciplines are especially encouraged to apply! The program will run from September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025 (and again each year through at least 2027!). There will be a virtual informational session on March 20 which will be recorded and posted to their youtube channel.

The UCAR Next Generation graduate Fellowship is a prestigious, multi-faceted opportunity to explore the interplay between the areas of scientific research, diversity and inclusion, and public policy within the field of Earth Systems Science. Fellows engage with and learn from UCAR’s leaders in these three arenas while participating in dedicated professional development and leadership training opportunities.

Each Fellow receives a $40,000 award over two years ($10,000 twice per year); up to 20 weeks of paid research trip to Boulder, CO or Washington, D.C. or other agreed upon location; funding to attend conferences, professional coaching; and the support of a like minded cohort.

Information sessions will be held February 22, March 25, and April 24. See information session and application details.

The Tribal Youth Internship Program seeks to increase science literacy and public communication skills, accomplish mission critical work for the park, and strengthen relationships between the park and local Tribal Nations. Four internship opportunities have been created in partnership with the National Park Service, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

Positions open until filled. The CASC Network is offering seven postdoctoral research positions as part of the Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAP Fellows) Program. This program aims to provide management-relevant research on the effects of climate change to fish, wildlife and ecosystems through a nationally coordinated postdoctoral research program. Learn more.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis (but note SUNY fall/spring application deadlines). Graduate Study Opportunity Integrating Indigenous and Scientific Knowledges for Environmental Sustainability. The Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science & Forestry is recruiting students for graduate study in diverse environmental sciences from ecology, sustainability, conservation biology to restoration and environmental engineering. As a member of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, the program provides funding for full tuition and stipends for Native American students pursuing MS and PhD degrees. Applications are open so please join us in this exciting initiative. Additional information can be found online or contact Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer at

The center for Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences—TREES—provides internship opportunities and support to tribal students and professionals looking to advance their careers in Natural Resource fields. Our programs place college students in science-based internships with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Forestry and Fire Depts., and other qualified partners. We also provide opportunities for continuing education to technicians and other working professionals.

On average, we offer 7-8 positions every year across both our programs in Forestry and Wildland Fire management. Forestry interns must enroll in a 4-year Forestry major to qualify. Wildland Fire interns can be enrolled in either a 2-year or a 4-year program in any Natural Resource major.

TREES works in cooperation with the Department of Forestry at Salish Kootenai College and many other academic institutions across the U.S.


TREES also provides coordination and management of Pathways internships and professional development opportunities for Native American students for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in both forestry and wildland fire participation. This program not only offers students paid employment, while they continue their education, but also gives them valuable and unique work experiences. Placements are rotational summer assignments within different programs and work environments, where students can train and job shadow with industry professionals. This partnership allows Native American students to get real world training, federal experience, as well as $5,000 in annual tuition assistance. Learn more and apply.