Indian Affairs | Student Internship Opportunities

Student Internship Opportunities

National Center for Cooperative Education in Natural Resources

A program of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, administered by the USDA Forest Service
155 Indian Avenue, Box 5018 | Lawrence, Kansas 66046
(785) 749-8427 Fax (785) 749-8439

The National Center for Cooperative Education in Natural Resources (NCCE) is a student summer employment program. These programs are designed to promote the development of American Indian and Alaska Native natural resources professionals by helping students achieve their educational and career goals. The programs are to help BIA and tribal natural resources managers find qualified employees currently attending college with majors in the fields of forestry, range science, agriculture science, wildlife/fisheries, and other natural resources areas. 

Tribes and BIA units are eligible to hire students for summer and permanent positions. For summer employment, the Bureau of Indian Affairs may provide from $5000 to $7500 toward each student’s salary depending upon the student’s college major.

Students accepted into the Pathways program receive tuition assistance ($5,00/year), summer employment and noncompetitive conversion to BIA or tribal positions upon graduation. Students selected for summer employment will be placed into temporary positions with a BIA agency or tribe as a GS-3 or GS-4.

For applications or additional information please contact the NCCE office at (785) 749-8427, (785) 749-8493 or or

To apply, see the BIA Forestry and Fire Management Job Announcements.