The University Career Center is committed to supporting your career and professional development, and helping you make the most of your time here at Michigan. To that end, we've created a list of resources to support you in your job and internship searches, networking efforts, and other next steps. In addition to these identity focused resources, be sure to check out additional resources on our website or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our career coaches.
Table of Contents:
- Job and Internship Resources
- Opportunities Related to Graduate & Professional School
- Professional Associations & Networking Groups
- Print Publications & Additional Resources
Job and Internship Resources
- Handshake: A pathway to career connections. Through this tool you can: Explore job and internship openings, engage in recruiting activities with employers, and develop and track your goals and next steps. You can also identify University Career Center events, workshops, and fairs and schedule an appointment with a UCC coach to discuss your ideas, and develop plans, and strategies related to graduate/professional schools, and employment.
- Bureau of Indian Education: Indian Affairs is unique among federal employers in that it is authorized to use an Indian Preference policy in hiring. The policy allows certain persons of American Indian or Alaska Native descent to receive preference when appointments are made to vacancies in positions within the BIA and IHS.
- Diversity Employers | Job Search Engine: Includes job and internship postings from employers that support diversity.
- Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives: This organization provides federal health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives. IHS offers scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students interested in health professions degree areas that lead to careers. They also offer an extern program that offers the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility during the summer or other non-academic periods.
- Inroads Internships: INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through the leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and has placed students in internships at many of North America’s top organizations. INROADS interns work for some of the world’s leading industry innovators through paid internship experiences.
- Jobs for People of Color in Tech: Explore this platform that connects people of color with jobs in the tech industry.
- National Congress of American Indians(NCAI): NCAI works with tribal nations to protect Native culture for today and generations to come. It works to overcome threats by educating non-Native people. It offers internships and fellowships that provide young leaders from across Indian Country with opportunities to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development. It also offers job listings submitted by Native American employers and organizations seeking Native American applicants.
- Native American Jobs and Career Resources: Explore job postings and information on career-related tools such as Career Learning Center, resume tips, and more.
- Native Hire: National Hire is a division of the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association. It offers a variety of career resources, including job search video clips, information about available scholarships, and a job search engine for Native and Indigenous People.
- RBC: This organization offers resources and support through mentoring and rotational programs, volunteer opportunities, workshops and symposiums to develop skills and for networking opportunities to advance in professional careers.
- USA Jobs Native American Resources: Complete a profile and set notifications for jobs within the US Government. With Indian Preference, you may receive preference over non-Indian applicants when applying to jobs with the Indian Health Service and Indian Affairs. There are also general resources and tips for applying to federal government positions.
Opportunities Related to Graduate & Professional School
Health Professions Pre-Graduate Scholarship Program for Indians: This program provides financial aid to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients must be members of federally recognized Tribes and enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program.
Indian Health Service: Offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs.
Indian Higher Education Grant Program: This is a program sponsored by the Indian Health Service, within the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides federal health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The organization also offers financial aid to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native students to support their attending an accredited institution of higher education.
Professional Associations and Networking Groups
By tapping resources to meet people who can share advice, you learn and develop your personal networks.
UCAN: UCAN (University Career Alumni Network) is a U of M resource that allows students to connect with university alumni across any broad spectrum of fields, or majors, to gain insight or advice on resumes, interviewing tips, personal statements, and so much more. When exploring Alumni, in the search bar type in Hispanic and you can also search Native American/Indigenous People. You will see all the alumni that have self-identified as Native American/Indigenous People. These Alumni are willingly donating their time on this platform to help students in any way they can with guiding their future steps beyond college.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society: The goal of this organization is to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. In addition to scholarship support, AISES offers internships, professional development and career resources, leadership summits, and other STEM-focused programming.
Indian & Native American Workforce Development Professionals Training and Resources: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 166 grantees and the Department of Labor share a vision of providing quality employment and training services to tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian controlled organizations and Native Hawaiian organizations serving unemployed and low-income Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The resources included on this site cover a range of topics from those that are career-related, to financial management, to issues related to specific industries.
Native American Journalists Association: The NAJF is committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous journalists in mainstream media. One way it supports and empowers its members is through an annual fellowship. NAJA aims to foster professional development for members at all career levels.
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science: This organization supports those pursuing an education or career in STEM fields with teaching and learning resources, networking and mentoring opportunities, and special cultural events. There are also year-round opportunities for mentorship, workshops, and other support for Native American undergraduate and graduate students.
U.S. Department of the Interior: Indian Affairs: This government agency serves (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. It offers employment opportunities in a variety of specializations that meet the needs of the populations it serves. It also offers leadership training opportunities (Pathways to Leadership Program) and internships found through the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Print Publications and Additional Resources
State and Federal Laws
Understand your rights in the employment process and as an employee.
- Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 166. This site provides general information and assistance to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 166 Indian and Native American (INA) grantees and others interested in economic self-sufficiency through employment and job training programs for Native Americans. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 166
- US Equal Opportunity Commission Facts About Race/Color Discrimination
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Resources and links are included due to their potential interest to students. Inclusion of a resource does not imply school endorsement of the particular organization, opportunity or resource described.