Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Native American Congressional Internship

Website: Udall


Even as Native nations achieve greater levels of self-determination, Indian Country continues to be influenced by U.S. federal law and policy. The Udall Internship places students in Senate, House, and federal agency offices to learn firsthand how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Interns will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes.

What It Is

  • A community of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students who live and work in Washington, D.C., during the summer;
  • Access to a network of American Indian professionals and alumni who work on behalf of tribal nations; and
  • Housing, a living allowance, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and an educational stipend of $1,200.

To be considered for nomination as a Udall Scholar, a student must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Fall under the Foundation's definition of Native American or Alaska Native*;
  • 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;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.


Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

Application deadline:

Your complete Udall Internship application includes

  • A typed application form with your signature;
  • An 800-word essay on a legislative act or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • A one-page professional resume;
  • Transcripts for all university coursework, including undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate and law;
  • Three letters of recommendation; and
  • Documentation of your citizenship in a federally recognized tribe, state-recognized tribe, or First Nations of Canada (citizens of First Nations must also include proof of U.S. permanent residency).


Contact Information

Contact Jason Curley if you have questions about the Internship Program requirements and application process.