Indian Affairs is committed to employing, developing, and sustaining a high quality workforce who are charged with enhancing the quality of life for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Some of the most exciting opportunities are through the Student Internship Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program

STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Pathway for Students and Graduates

The Student Internship Program provides students earning college degrees in natural resource management fields, such as forestry, fire management, water resources management with on-the-job training and quality experiences. The program aims to:

  • Engage our Youth / Next Generation by providing opportunities for aspiring leaders to become involved in all aspects of natural resources management, protection, and conservation;
  • Attract and Recruit more natives into Natural Resource / Science, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career fields across Indian country;
  • 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;
  • Cultivate 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
  • 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.

The Student Internship Program Flyer is a great resource to learn more about this exciting opportunity! When you've made that decision to apply, follow the instructions of Where and How to Apply for a Student Internship.

For a complete list of Frequently Ask Questions, Application Timelines and other valuable information, click over to the Student Internship Program main page.

Presidential Management Fellow Program

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry-level for advanced degree candidates. Created more than three decades ago, the program attracts the best candidates and allows Indian Affairs to draw from a cadre of potential Federal Government leaders who are interested in shaping the future of Indian Affairs programs. The program itself provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government. Learn more and apply online at