Indigenous Climate Internship Program

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) received a generous grant from the Bay and Paul Foundations to support the work of the Tribes and Climate Change Program (TCCP) to build climate resilience and capacity within Indigenous communities by engaging Young Leaders through our internship program. ITEP is one of five programs housed under the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) and serves as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), various federal, state and local governments, and the private sector, in support of environmental protection of Indigenous and Tribal natural resources. 

The Indigenous Climate Internship Program will support up to eight Indigenous climate interns who are current college or university students: two during the academic school year and up to six interns for the summer. Through this program, we are investing in our Young Leaders and honoring our Elders and Leaders who have continually voiced the need to prioritize youth engagement as a form of Indigenous resliency. 

These internships engage and emphasize intergenerational teachings between Elders and youth to pass on cultural teachings, language and Traditional and Indigenous knowledges. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to learn about the latest Western science and educational tools and resources. The academic year interns work with the TCCP staff to learn about climate-related activities and efforts led by Indigenous communities nationwide through ITEP’s existing activities.  Summer cohorts of Indigenous interns work directly with host organizations from across the country to work on projects specifically benefiting Indigenous climate resilience efforts.

Learn by Listening, Seeing & Doing

Learn more about our previous summer interns and our academic year 2022/2023 interns including the work they have done and are doing.