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TRAIL Research Project (Academic Year)

Are you a tribal member pursuing a degree in a STEM field?

Deepen your understanding through a TRAIL internship during the academic year. The TRAIL—Teaching Rising American Indian Leaders—Internship Project offers practical experience and mentoring for students studying for degrees and preparing for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

Internship Goals

  • Increase exposure of tribal members to professional careers protecting tribal resources
  • Promote retention of tribal students in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 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 issues faced by tribal agencies while conducting research through a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) lens
  • Acquire familiarity with graduate school and employment processes
  • Explore career and educational goals


  • Must be a member or descendent of one of the four CRITFC member tribes
  • Full-time undergraduate student during the academic year (12 UG credit hours)
  • Have an interest in majoring in a natural resources field
  • Have an interest in working for a tribal organization
  • Considering a career in natural resources


  • $16.67/hr
  • Interns are compensated for up to 120 hours of their work
  • 12 hours/week for 10 weeks is recommended


CRITFC Internship Application

For more information, contact

Tana Atchley
Tribal Workforce Development & Outreach Coordinator
(503) 238-0667

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