First Peoples provides unpaid internships for people passionate about our issues. These competetive internships are opportunities to learn more about our work in the field of community economic development, Indigenous biodiversity management, corporate and community relations, and other areas. Internships with First Peoples Worldwide provide hands-on experience doing research that makes a difference and building relationships in Indigenous communities. Interns will not simply make copies and file papers; they will be asked to perform complex research and writing tasks.

Intern Responsibilities:
● Grant writing
● Research
● Data collection
● Analyzing and summarizing research materials
● Proofreading and editing
● Administrative tasks including filing, data entry, and preparation of mailings

Qualifications – All interns must have:
● An interest in policy, research, and issues that affect Indigenous Peoples
● Excellent writing and communication skills
● Strong computer skills

Applicants should:
● Be currently pursuing a degree on a full-time basis as either a junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the internship begins
● Be in good academic standing

Interns must commit to work for a minimum of a full quarter or semester, depending upon the academic structure and schedule of their home institution. Scheduled hours and workdays will be negotiated with your supervisor.

All interns are required to complete and submit a comprehensive assessment of their experience at First Peoples Worldwide upon completion of their internship.

What you should include in your application...

A cover letter and résumé (up to five pages) which address:
● Why you are applying for an internship at First Peoples
● How an internship at First Peoples relates to your academic goals and professional aspirations
● What makes you a strong candidate for this program
● What you hope to learn as a result of this work experience
● The ability to commit to six hours per week if interning during the academic year
● The ability to commit to 15-20 hours per week if interning during the summer
● Name, address, phone, and e-mail address of your faculty advisor (if seeking credit) and your home institution (whether seeking credit or not)
● Emergency contact information
● A writing sample (a class paper or other sample of written work)
● The names and phone numbers of two references
● Your desired start date and availability
● Signed copy of Internship Agreement

Send your internship application via email to or mail to:

First Peoples Worldwide – Internship Program
Attn: Jackie Tiller
857 Leeland Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Successful candidates will be contacted following application submission.

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