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Workforce Planning and Development Office / Pathways Internship Program

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About the BIA Pathways Program

The BIA Pathways Internship Program connects Native American and Alaska Native students to paid internships across the United States. With meaningful projects, rotational assignments, and multi-semester opportunities, Pathways prepares you for an impactful career in public service and offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment with the BIA or Tribal Nations upon graduation.


About the BIA

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of Native Americans, Tribes, and Alaska Natives. We manage and protect over 55 million acres of tribal trust lands and are seeking to train the next generation of Native workers.


Pathways Internship job vacancy is CLOSED

The Office of Trust Services is now accepting applications for multiple Pathways Student Trainee positions across the United States. We hope to fill as many vacancies as possible and invite Native American and Alaska Native students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools to apply. We are seeking students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and are especially interested in candidates studying STEM disciplines.

Students may visit USAJOBS to view the vacancy announcement and start the application process. This announcement will be open from October 31st, 2022 to November 14th, 2022. To be considered for Indian Preference hiring, students will need to upload a BIA Form 4432.






Pathways Forestry and Fire Interns, Touring NIFC, at Boise, ID (June 2016)

Who are we? The Office of Trust Services is committed to employing, developing, and sustaining a high quality workforce in the field of natural resource management, water resources management, and other disciplines charged with enhancing the quality of life for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. The Workforce Planning and Youth Program Coordination Office, Washington, DC, (Workforce Planning Office or Central Office to students) provides the framework and technical oversight of the Pathways Internship Program. 


2017 Pathways Trainees at Colville

Programs Supported

  1. Environmental and Cultural Resources
  2. Forestry     
  3. Wildland Fire 
  4. Geospatial Support
  5. Land, Titles, & Records
  6. Natural Resources
  7. Probates
  8. Real Estate Services
  9. Tribal Climate Resilience
  10. Water and Power
  11. Trust Land Consolidation
  12. Indian Energy Service Center


2017 Pathways Survey Team at Cochiti Pueblo

Our Goals:

  1. Engage Youth / Next Generation by providing opportunities for aspiring leaders to become involved in all aspects of natural resources management, protection, and conservation;
  2. Attract and Recruit more natives into Natural Resource / Science, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career fields across Indian country;
  3. Build Tribal Capacity through informal and formal learning investments, employment opportunities, and immersion into science-based programs and projects as to sustain tribal programs and enhance economic opportunities;
  4. Cultural Awareness to increase the level of understandings and practices of a tribal communities traditional knowledge, values, and vision for the future and how it merges with modern science; and
  5. Retain talented young professionals within the BIA and Tribe or Tribal enterprises by cultivating their future potential with developmental student internships and placement into entry-level permanent positions.




We are improving this webpage to add more information to help you find what you’re looking for. During this transition some URLs may change. Please let us know how we can make this webpage better or if you have any recommendations or requests by contacting the Pathways Program Manager at mackenzie.neal@bia.gov or Web Content Manager at bradley.russell@bia.gov 

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