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Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Morris K. Udall Foundation


To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

Funding obligations:

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 08 $93,780; FY 09 est $97,680; FY 10 est $98,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Assistance is intended for the use of interns only. Interns will be provided with airfare to and from Washington, DC; lodging in central DC; per diem to cover meals, transportation and incidentals. A $1,200 stipend at the conclusion of the internship is awarded.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Each intern receives approximately $8200 in housing, airfare, per diem and the educational stipend.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Assistance is available during the internship program, from late May to early August. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Native American interns will be provided with airline tickets and an advance of funds prior to their arrival in Washington. Interns will receive per diem by direct deposit every other week for living expenses. Airline tickets and lodging will be prepaid by the Udall Foundation. A $1,200 stipend will be awarded to each intern at the end of the internship program.

Applicant Eligibility:

Applicants must be Native American or Alaska Native and provide enrollment documentation; be a junior or senior in college, a recent graduate from a tribal or four-year college, or a graduate or law student; have a college grade-point average of at least a 'B' or the equivalent; and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Applicants should also demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or tribal communities.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Alaska Natives, and enrolled members of a U.S. recognized tribe or First Nations.

Award Procedure:

The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select four or five Native Americans from the academic and professional community to serve as the Internship Review Committee. The Udall Foundation will initially verify the contents of the application packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of: 1) Interest in and commitment to learning about the federal government; 2) Demonstrated commitment to tribal communities and/or tribal public policy, through contributions to or participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, community or public service, tribal government and cultural activities, research; 3) Desire to use the knowledge gained to support their tribal community and/or Indian Country; 4) Demonstrated leadership, character and integrity. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the interns.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Jane Curlin 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701 Email: Phone: 520-901-8565

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