The information below includes a listing of TCU Student internship opportunities, links to copies of AIHEC’s Weekly Update and a listing of current AIHEC job opportunities.
There is also information on various scholarships, grants, and financial aid information for Native American Students.
TCU Student Opportunities
AIHEC hosts the TCU Climate Resilience Student Research Program, a 12-week summer experiential learning opportunity through which undergraduate students participate in identifying and addressing climate change and energy issues in their respective American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The program is designed for TCU Indigenous students who are passionate about taking action to address climate change affecting Tribal lands and supporting Tribal leadership in all areas of Nation-building affected by climate challenges. Students acquire an understanding of the range of approaches, tools, and ethical guidelines for climate research, a grounded understanding of different types of climate change and energy data, and the different ways to organize research and planning for climate change adaptation and renewable energy. Previous projects have included climate change impacts on water resources (e.g., lakes, rivers and snowfall), vegetation (e.g., forests, gardening and farming), soil and the effects of those resource changes as related to culture and community.
Students meet weekly with mentor support. Near-Peer Mentors provide student support toward an understanding of climate change, and serve in a role-modelling capacity, providing perspectives related to Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. The Near-Peer Mentors work in close collaboration with a Professional Development Mentor. The Professional Development Mentor leads twice-weekly workshops, describing topics relevant to climate change, and potential student career pathways in that area.
In this program, students will:
- Experience first-hand the roles and impacts of applied research in supporting Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples more broadly in their adaptive responses to climate change challenges.
- Work on environmental science projects supervised by and in collaboration with local and national research scientists.
- Receive training in the use of tools and instrumentation necessary to monitor and address climate issues, particularly those impacting food security, energy independence, and the management of water resources.
- Work with a diverse set of teachers and mentors who will support their understanding of climate change, with a strong focus on Indigenous and local knowledge and perspectives.
- Participate in career and personal development workshops toward a career pathway in which they can continue their climate change work professionally.
Project Coordinator: Frank Brannon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 205.310.4740
Funding for the program is provided by the Bay and Paul Foundation.
AIHEC Weekly Update & Job Opportunities
AIHEC’s Weekly Update includes the latest news from AIHEC highlighting their programs and TCUs. It also includes pertinent federal news, information, and grant opportunities and a variety of student opportunities including internships, summer programs, events, and scholarships. The Weekly Updates highlight articles from the Tribal College Journal and the latest TCU job opportunities from their jobs board. For more information or to share your TCU related information, please email Kathy Aplan at email@example.com.
Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid Info for Native American Students
- American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges and other accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.
- ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year.
- American Indian Services create programs and generates funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving the culture and honoring the heritage of Native Americans.
- Catching the Dream makes grants to Native college students and works to improve Indian schools.
- National Indian Health Board offers Community Changemaker Grants to assist Native youth in advocating for the health of their communities.
- Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance serves eligible Navajo people and provides students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society provides a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities to help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of their communities.
- Bureau of Indian Education provides scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.
- NASA’s intern.nasa.gov portal provides eligible students access to hundreds of opportunities for NASA-related internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all 10 NASA centers.
- Accredited Schools Online provides information about financial aid, scholarships, and grants for Native American students.
- MoneyGeek.com designed a guide to help future and current college students find scholarships, grants, and other information to help pay for college. View list of scholarships and grants available to Native American students exclusively, and tips to students to increase the chances their scholarship applications will be successful.
- OnlineSchools.org provides information and links to help obtain financial aid.
- Indian Country Today has a FREE special report about the secrets to earning scholarships for Native Americans.
- Paying for Graduate School: Military Veterans Scholarships, resources and tips for navigating the application process.
- NICHE contains a list of college scholarships for Native American students.
Helpful Information for TCU Students
- Native American College Student Support Guide—Scholarships, Retention Strategies & Resources
- 101 Tips for Landing Native American Scholarships and Grants—Dr. Dean Chavers addresses the subject of college scholarships available to Native students while debunking a variety of myths and false assumptions about scholarship applications.
- ConsumerAffairs.com—compare reviews for student loans.
- BestColleges.com—find the best colleges to help you meet your goals, learn more about the schools and programs in your area and about available financial aid options.
- USAJOBS.gov offers a Pathways Program for federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.
- PublicHealth.org connects students with opportunities to begin and advance their careers in public health. The Public Health Career Guide explores different specialties within the scope of public health to help students identify and pursue their dream career.