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Student Summer Internship (SSI) Program
Since 1994, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has offered student summer internships for Native American and other college students with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). This program provides the opportunity for students to gain hands-on skills with EPA or other governmental and tribal environmental offices.

   Learn about previous internships.

The internship is designed to give current college students an opportunity to:

  • Assist EPA/Tribal agencies with environmental issues.
  • Acquire new skills in a work environment.
  • Gain actual experience while contributing to a project.
  • Earn $3,232 during the eight-week experience.
  • Receive a housing allowance.
  • Receive a travel allowance.

Eligible students must meet the following:

  • Be a US Citizen.
  • Possess at valid driver's license.
  • Be a full-time student during Spring 2015 (12 hrs undergrad, 9 hrs grad) with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Be majoring in an environmental or related field like science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management, political science, anthropology, health, etc and have an interest in pursuing an environmental career upon graduating from college.
  • Possess proficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have a strong interest in working with Native American tribes or projects benefiting Native American tribes.

Application Process:

  • Submit an online application
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit two recommendations
  • Submit your unofficial college transcript(s)
  • Submit a one-page essay on your interest in environmental careers and working on tribal air quality issues.

Potential Intern Host Sites for Summer 2015:

Several potential host sites are available for your review and consideration. Eleven of these host sites will be filled based on student interests and successfully matching student skills to the host site needs. There are two general categories of host sites for students to consider. One general category is technical and education. The other general category is policy.

When students are providing their preferences, we recommend they consider the project description and the skills needed as the most important consideration, with location of the host site as a secondary consideration. The ITEP staff will consider student input when making offers to the students, as well as a good fit between student skills and host site needs.

Return after February 1, 2015 to provide your input for preferred host sites.

Please submit your documents by email, mail, or fax:
    Email documents to: Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu

Mail or fax documents to:
    ITEP-EEOP Internship Program
    PO Box 5768
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011
    Fax: 928/523-1280

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015.

Selection Process:
The intern selection process will begin in February 28, 2015. The EEOP staff will select two or three applicants for each host site. The intern applicants will be rated based on the following:

  • Quality of the application packet;
  • Interest in environmental careers as demonstrated by the essay and school transcripts, work, volunteer, and school activities;
  • Interest in tribal communities and issues as demonstrated by the essay and work, volunteer, and school activities;
  • Match to the skills and interests requested by the host site.

The host site staff will review the applications and conduct telephone interviews with the potential interns. The host office will make the final selection.

Selected Interns:
The intern will work at the host site but will be an employee of Northern Arizona University (NAU). The EEOP staff will work with the selected students to arrange travel, housing and payroll. Students will be paid by NAU and payment is based on students completing a 8 week, 40 hour per week internship.

Earning Academic Credits

Northern Arizona University does not offer academic credits for the ITEP-EEOP internship, however we will cooperate with any department or college that is willing to award academic credit for the internship. Be sure to review our program with your department to make sure it meets their requirements.

Mail applications to:
ITEP-EEOP Internship Program
PO Box 5768
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Physical address:
Peterson Hall
Bldg. 22 Rm 107
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


Contacts: Mansel Nelson, EEOP Program Coordinator, Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu, Phone: 928/523-1275.



Environmental Education Outreach Program
PO Box 5768 * Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Phone: 928/523-1275 * Fax: 928/523-1280 * email: eeop@nau.edu

Last updated: November 25, 2014

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