Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

The Office of Environmental Resource Management (OERM) Climate Graduate Intern will collaborate with the Climate Science team to provide professional level support to the USET Member Tribal Nations. This position will assist with projects, research and analysis, procedural studies, planning and carrying out of program and grant objectives. The Climate Graduate Intern position will run from January 2023 - December 2023. The Climate Graduate Intern is a remote position and reports to the Climate Resilience Program Manager/Tribal Climate Science Liaison. Closing date for application for internship is December 15, 2022.

Open until filled. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program received funding from the Bay and Paul Foundation to support student internships for the summer. Internships will engage and emphasize intergenerational teachings between elders and youth to pass on cultural teachings, language and traditional ecological knowledges. Summer cohorts of Indigenous interns will work directly with Tribal and Indigenous host organizations from across the country to work on projects specifically benefiting the Tribal climate resilience efforts. Interns will receive a $6,400 stipend, up to $600 to travel from their home to the internship site, and up to $3,200 to pay for housing. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Alethea Walker at For general questions or concerns contact

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is a world class research organization composed of seven laboratories and over 2,000 employees supporting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, and a variety of other customers.  The Environmental Laboratory's (EL) 200+ scientists and engineers seek to “provide solutions to tomorrow’s environmental challenges” through a broad array of basic and applied research. A team within the EL is developing a suite of ecological modeling tools to assess riparian zones. Specifically, we are seeking a highly motivated candidate to assist in the development of a model of rivercane, a culturally and ecologically important taxa common across the southeast.

In addition to interest in the above topic, individuals should have excellent written and verbal communication skills to document findings; experience with fieldwork in a variety of environments; and willingness to travel approximately 1-2 weeks during the summer for field data collection. Experience with quantitative tools, GIS, and programming languages (R, Python, etc.) are highly desirable, but not required.  This position is a 10-12 week appointment, and all efforts will be coordinated closely with the USACE’s Tribal Nations Technical Center of Expertise. Interested candidates may send any inquiries and/or their resume to Dr. Kyle McKay (

Intern with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and expand your knowledge and networking possibilities in conservation of agriculture, rangeland, water resources and forestry management, cultural awareness, land management skills, and to raise awareness of the functions and values for climate resilience.

Our programs successfully leverage resources and alliances with academia, other federal agencies, and Tribal Nations to increase the number of qualified entry-level students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers across Indian country.

Program Benefits
  • Paid employment related to academic field of study
  • Up to $5,000 tuition / education assistance*
  • Rotational work assignments
  • Travel and transportation
  • Students are recruited nationally across Indian Country
  • Do not have to have prior work experience
  • Mentoring, training and career development opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Vacation, sick and holiday pay
  • Life insurance, flexible spending accounts, health and retirement benefits
  • Job-shadow with industry professionals
  • Potential for non-competitive placement after graduation into a permanent professional entry-level BIA or tribal position

*Not all internships offer tuition support, some internships are for summer employment only

  • Biological Sciences
  • Forestry
  • Wildland Fire
  • Agriculture and Rangeland
  • Engineering and Architectural
  • Physical Science
  • Legal and Business
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Show they are enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe using Form BIA – 4432
  • Must maintain a security clearance
  • Sign and maintain a Participant Agreement
  • Good academic standing
  • Fully Successful or above performance ratings
  • Some positions may also require a medical exam, drug testing, and a valid driver license and specific education certification or degree requirements

Students must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. Because internship varies; please refer to the job vacancy announcement on USAJOBS for positions qualifications and requirements.
GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma
GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study
GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree leading to a bachelor’s degree in related academic discipline
GS-5 grade level: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree
One year of education is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 Quarter hours


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

Become a Climate Solutions Fellow and help communities take climate action, gain leadership experience, and learn more about local climate strategies! Community Climate Solutions is offering fellowships to college students with an interest in taking action to help advance climate solutions and work with local community and city sustainability leaders. The Fellowship is an unpaid, 10 hours/week program running 10 weeks. As a Climate City Fellow, you will get to: Help city sustainability leaders meet Climate Action Goals through community climate solutions programs. Build leadership skills by running meetings with community leaders and creating your own campaign plans. Gain community engagement experience by supporting faith communities, youth groups, educators, and other organizations in taking climate action together. Help hundreds of families take action to reduce carbon emissions and save money! Create media and communications materials to encourage participation. Sign up for an information session.

Hydrology Summer Internship  

Position open until filled. This paid, summer internship involved one week of orientation including Wilderness First Aid Training and 10 weeks with the United States Forest Service Hydrology Crew. This job will offer a tremendous opportunity to do fieldwork in a wide variety of terrain and locations across the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness. Learn more. 

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), through partnership with The Wildlife Society (TWS), is offering research assistantships for Native American undergraduate or graduate students as part of the TWS professional development program for Native Americans. The program will facilitate student mentoring opportunities with USFS Research & Development (R&D) scientists and promote student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields. A paid stipend of at least $6,700 will be provided to cover living expenses during the assistantship time-period. The Forest Service uses an ecological science-based approach to make informed decisions on the multiple-use management of the National Forests and Grasslands.

Assistantship Description: Short-term research assistantships are available for Native American students interested in wildlife and forest resources and excited to learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. We are seeking upper-level undergraduate (junior/senior) or graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) students interested in conducting research. Learn more about the research and how to apply.

The Science to Action (S2A) Fellowship was developed to:

  • Expose graduate students to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center(NCASC), whose mission is to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to help natural and cultural resource managers anticipate and adapt to the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems.
  • Support graduate students in developing policy-relevant product(s) related to the impacts of and adaptation strategies for climate change on fish, wildlife, their habitats, and users. This work should put science into action, applying scientific research directly to natural resource decision making. It may be related to the graduate student’s own research, and if so, may present a unique opportunity to share research with a broader community of decision makers.
  • Provide students the opportunity to interact with the USGS community and others outside of academia.

During the fellowship year and beyond, Fellows benefit from collaborations with university and USGS mentors, from interactions with other colleagues and partners of USGS, and from exposure to high priority, real-world challenges in the natural resources policy arena.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to graduate students at Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) Consortium Institutions who are students for the entire fellowship year (special circumstances otherwise considered). To view the list of consortium institutions for each CASC, please check out our CASC pages and the CASC Network map. Applicants may be Master’s or Doctoral students at any stages of their research program. Preference will be given to applicants with a clear research - management/policy link.

Financial Award: Up to two fellows will be selected, annually, to receive a financial award of $10,000* each. The financial award is intended to support the additional efforts undertaken by the Fellow for the S2A project, not as a graduate stipend, tuition, or other university funding.

Mentoring Experience: Each Fellow will work closely with his/her university mentor (typically, the applicant’s graduate program advisor) and a mentor from the CASCs (matched to applicants by the CASCs after the Statement of Interest stage; see below for more information).

Fellowship Duration and Location: The fellowship experience will last one year (start date is flexible within funded year, starting May at the earliest). During this time, the Fellow will be expected to work at a CASC with a CASC mentor for two months (typically summer; specific dates are flexible; virtual options considered as appropriate) but may remain at his/her host institution for the rest of the term.

Questions? Please direct questions about the fellowship program to Dr. Abigail Lynch, NCASC Research Fish Biologist,

Statements of Interest for the 2023 Fellowship are due by January 19, 2023.

TREES 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.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support and coordination from Sandia National Laboratories, is now accepting applications for the College Student Internship Program. There is currently one part-time, year-round internship available for winter 2021 through spring 2022. Current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and Tribal issues are encouraged to apply. Interns will work with Sandia's renewable energy staff, along with Native American Tribes interested in Tribal energy development. The internship program offers the opportunity for instant immersion in project planning and development activities working directly with experienced internationally recognized energy experts. The work may involve local travel, including field visits to Tribal energy project sites. Learn more.

The Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems at the University of Georgia is hiring a 1-year postdoc position, with possibility of renewal. The individual hired will work as part of an interdisciplinary team from the University of Georgia, Tribal partners, the Tribal Nations Technical Center for Excellence (TNTCX), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC). The postdoc will work with the broader team to develop and direct research related to water resources planning. The objective is to co-design and implement planning methodologies that integrate Tribal worldviews on landscapes and waterscapes with the technical, procedural, and operational aspects of USACE water resource management.

Please contact Don Nelson with any questions.