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Higher Education Internships

Creating the next generation of warriors

Stripping eggs at Nez Perce TribeColumbia Basin tribes have a growing share of responsibility for protecting and restoring the region’s natural resources. An important reason for their success is a commitment to holistic, multi-disciplinary management.

Science, mathematics, technology, education, business and the law combine with the tribes’ traditional ecological values to make up the bedrock of sound resource management.

Success in this enterprise demands an educated and skilled workforce to fill specialized positions. A goal of all Columbia Basin tribes is to fill these positions with their own members.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s internship programs aim to foster the educational pursuits of the tribes’ student population by providing experience, research, mentoring, and opportunities to explore career options in fisheries and natural resources at all levels.

Conducting a stream survey.

Conducting a stream survey.

The tribes and CRITFC are helping create the next generation of warriors. By acquiring knowledge and skills, coming generations can be effective actors in protecting the resources their cultures depend on.

CRITFC offers a variety of internship/externship opportunities. They range from hands-on fieldwork and individual work projects to legal and technical research and more. Each experience provides connections to mentoring and to professionals in the field.

Internship Goals

  • Increase exposure of tribal members to professional careers protecting tribal resources
  • Promote retention of tribal students in pursuing professional and technical degrees
  • Provide a research or hands-on internship experience and mentoring
  • Increase professional interactions with faculty advisors, tribal mentors and/or professionals in the field
  • Encourage employment in fisheries and natural resources

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of environmental and governance issues faced by tribal agencies
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between tribal values and the student’s chosen professional field
  • Acquire familiarity with graduate school and employment processes
  • Explore career and educational goals

TRAIL Internships

The TRAIL Project—Teaching Rising American Indian Leaders—fosters the educational pursuits of students preparing for degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

Social Media Internship

The internship project in social media is an opportunity for students studying marketing, communications, business or a similar field to learn how to leverage this media to advance the restoration and protection of the region’s natural resources.

Library Internship

Gain practical experience working with StreamNet Library, the center for Columbia Basin fisheries and ecosystem information, which is located at CRITFC.

Legal Externship

  • LINK to Policy Department Law Externship—Under construction—

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