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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 7, 2004 - Issue 106


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Opportunities - Page Two


Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Scholarship Announcement:
Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation
Application Deadline: 05/10/2004

The Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation (RTNDF) announces scholarship opportunities for minorities. All scholarships are open to enrolled students (freshmen excluded) who are pursuing careers in radio and television news. Candidates must be a full-time college student whose career objective is electronic journalism and have at least one full year of college remaining. To receive an award, winners must be officially enrolled in college and be in good standing. Scholarships are paid in semi-annual installments for one year of study.

The Ed Bradley Scholarship
Ed Bradley, 60 Minutes correspondent at CBS News, was once a teacher and made a switch to journalism. Bradley spoke of introducing deserving minority students to the communications career field and endowed this $10,000 annual award under the banner of RTNDF.

The Ken Kashiwahara Scholarship
Ken Kashiwahara, retired ABC News bureau chief and correspondent, developed this $2,500 annual award in 1998 for aspiring minority journalists. His 23-year career with ABC includes coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ronald Reagan's presidential bid and the Vietnam War.

The Carole Simpson Scholarship
Carole Simpson, ABC news senior correspondent, created this annual $2,000 award to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Besides honoring those with talent, Carole is strict about her applicants meeting requirements in tenacity, determination and ambition to excel.

2004 Applications
For more additional instructions and an application visit:

Application deadline is May 10, 2004

Application and supporting materials must be mailed to RTNDF Scholarships,
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20006.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 10, 2004.

Winners only will be notified by June 30, 2004. A complete list of winners will be posted on the RTNDF Web site at Contact Karen Jackson-Bullitt at 202-467-5218 or for more information.

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Internship Announcement:
University of Michigan's Health Management Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Application Deadline: 03/05/2004

The SEP encourages undergraduates to consider health management and policy as an attractive career option through which they can address health disparities by familiarizing them with the field through a structured summer work experience. Each placement is designed to offer a stimulating opportunity for awareness, learning and growth. The ultimate goal is to increase participation of students committed to eliminating health disparities in this important and exciting field.

  • Students entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply. Those pursuing degrees in the social sciences, the biological sciences, and other fields pertinent to health management and policy, such as economics, political science, accounting and finance, are especially encouraged to apply. Past interns, however, have come from a variety of other undergraduate fields of study, e.g. the Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • Successful applicants will show evidence of academic achievement (a 2.8 or above grade point average on a 4.0 scale) and will demonstrate one or more of the following:
    • Be a member of a population that is adversely affected by Racial, Ethnic or Socioeconomic Disparities in Health (health disparities).
    • Live in a community or area that is adversely affected by health disparities. Such communities would include both urban and rural areas whose residents have low health status or who are underserved by the health care system.
    • Have experience working in programs that address health disparities. Such programs include local health departments, community health centers, inner city/ rural hospitals or organizations that conduct research on or develop policy related to health disparities.
    • Have done previous academic work (e.g. taken courses, written papers or participate in research projects) related to health disparities.

Interested applicants may download an application and review additional information from the University of Michigan's Department of Health Management and Policy's website:

You may also contact:
Dr. Richard Lichtenstein
Department of Health Management and Policy
M3226 School of Public Health II
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
(734) 936-3296

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Internship Announcement:
The Conservation Careers Diversity Internship Program
Application Deadline: 02/09/2004

The Conservation Careers Diversity Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work with and be mentored by world-class scientists, managers, and educators on pressing conservation and environmental concerns throughout the United States. US Fish and Wildlife Service program areas such as the National Wildlife Refuge System, Fisheries, Ecological Services field stations, and Migratory Bird and Law Enforcement offices provide unique challenges for students who want to learn and grow as professionals while they make a real-world contribution.

Interns will receive:

  • A $4,800 stipend for 12 weeks ($400/week)
  • Free housing or a $1,000 housing allowance
  • $300 for relocation assistance

For specific internship information and an application, please contact Josephine Xiong at, 617-426-4783, ext. 142. or visit us online at

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Internship Announcement:
National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2004 for Summer Session, July 13, 2002
for Fall Session

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program

The Internship Program of the National Museum of the American Indian is designed to provide an educational opportunity for students in the area of museum practice and related programming through guided work/research experiences using the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian and other Smithsonian offices.

Past projects include: developing and evaluating visitor guides, cataloging photos, monitoring collections, installing exhibits, exhibit research, developing educational programs for the public, and developing databases and press kits.

Term and Deadline*: 4 sessions held throughout the year, all lasting for 10 weeks

Winter -

First full week of January, for ten weeks (Oct. 10)

Spring -

Third full week of March, for ten weeks (Nov. 20)

Summer -

First full week of June, for ten weeks (Feb. 6)

Fall -

Last full week of September, for ten weeks (July 12)

*If dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the actual deadline date will be the first workday after the given date.

Stipend: A limited number of stipends target American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in academic programs.

Internship Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
Tel: 301/238-6624

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Summer Program Announcement:
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOAR)

SOARS is a four-year program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS includes a 10-week summer program beginning in early June and continues through mid-August at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, or other national laboratory. Program participants (protégés) participate in ongoing research projects that may result in publishable papers and/or conference presentations. SOARS provides educational and research opportunities, mentoring, career counseling and guidance, and the possibility of financial support for a graduate-level program.

Program participants (protégés) work 40 hours a week and earn a competitive wage, which increases with each year of participation. Round-trip air fare is provided to summer working locations from anywhere within the United States and Puerto Rico. Protégés are provided furnished apartments at no cost to them and receive a regional bus pass that meets local transportation needs during the summer program. For more information, visit or contact Jocelyn White by telephone at 303-497-8622 or by email at

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Position Announcement:
Native American Outreach Coordinator, Washington State University
Application Review: Review of applications will begin February 24, 2004.
The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Coordinator for Native American Outreach is a full-time, permanent, non-tenure track, Administrative/Professional position within the Office of Admissions at Washington State University. As a member of the Admissions team, the Coordinator reports to the Director of Admissions. Primary duties are to 1) represent Washington State University to and work closely with prospective students, school counselors, educational representatives, Tribal leaders, and other key individuals/groups across the pacific Northwest; 2) coordinate the recruitment efforts of students from Native American communities to enable the university to meet enrollment goals of a diverse, high ability student body; 3) develop a strategic recruitment plan of prospective Native American students in collaboration with other university and tribal entities; and 4) make positive connections with Tribal Education Coordinators, high schools, community colleges, and key community groups within Tribal Sovereign Nations.

Required Qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree plus at least two years relevant experience; demonstrated experience and involvement in successfully working with Native American populations; evidence of public presentation abilities; relevant computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office; a valid driver's license; ability to travel and work some weekends and evenings. Preferred Qualifications in addition to the qualifications listed above include a Master's Degree; demonstrated ability in collaborative strategic planning, goal setting, and achievement; knowledge of student recruitment, college admissions, and Washington State University; knowledge of Native American Tribal organization and contacts in the Northwest; demonstrated ability to collaborate and to work in team environment.

Please submit letters of application, resume, and three names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of reference to:

Dr. Susan Poch, Chair Search Committee
370 Lighty Student Services Building
Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-1067
FAX 509-335-4902; e-mail

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERISTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam era or disabled veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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