The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals offers two types of internships for Native American and other college
students. The student summer internship (SSI) program is a 9-week program for college students and the short internship
(SIP) program is a 20 to 40 hour long internship program for high school and college students. The purpose of the internship
programs is for students to gain hands-on skills with EPA or other governmental and tribal environmental offices. The
internship programs are funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Autumn Harry interned at the Navajo Nation Air Quality Program during Summer 2012. Autumn
said, "Before this internship, I had recently switched my major from Biology to Environmental Science. In the
past year my interest for environmental science has grown and now that my internship is complete, I am more than
confident that I want to work in the environmental science field. My future career goal is to work for the USEPA.
I know that the USEPA works closely with tribes in maintaining cultural and natural resources. I would like to
work for them so I could help not just one tribe, but many tribes achieve their environmental goals. This internship
has taught me so much and I am excited to take my newly found knowledge and put it to use."