Internship Opportunities for High School Students

Native Youth Leadership Alliance Fellowship Program

NYLA fellows are ready to commit to an intensive 24-month leadership fellowship to make change in their local communities using strategies rooted in culturally based leadership. The NYLA fellowship provides ongoing mentorship and leadership coaching, a nationwide network of young leaders from diverse Tribal communities, elder mentors, local and national retreats, skill building, and network building opportunities across both Native and non-Native communities. NYLA fellows will have access up to $1,000 in seed funding to invest their leadership development and community organizing.  These resources will be used to fundraise and ‘leverage’ or multiply the resources.

Youth Track by Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) sponsors a Native Youth Track that is designed to provide Native American students the opportunity to learn about careers within the Federal Government. At the National Training Conference (NTC), Native students meet American Indian and Alaska Native federal employees who provide advice and understanding the positive role that Native employees can play in enabling their respective agencies to better fulfill the federal trust responsibility. The Youth Track is open to Native students who will be at least 18 years of age and no more than 25 years of age as of June 1 of the year they apply.

The Pathway's Program for Students and Recent Graduates

The federal government offers internships for high school and college students throughout the country each summer.  USA Jobs maintains the most up-to-date listings for the many different federal offices. To search for internships, visit USA Jobs and use keywords: "High School Internships" or "Pathways".

Bank of America's Student Leader's Program

The Student Leaders Program is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes a paid internship with a local nonprofit organization as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Student Leadership Summit. The program gives Student Leaders the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience while discovering their own talents for serving their community and leading others.

The American Legion's Boys and Girls State Programs

American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier civic programs offered in all 50 states. It focus on teaching high school students how government works while developing leadership skills. Participants in the program develop a working government in which they have an opportunity to run for office, develop public speaking skills, and create laws.

VolunTEEN Nation Ambassadors

VolunTEENnation Ambassadors convene and organize youth in their community to promote service and to collectively engage youth to drive change. As an Ambassador, you will bring creativity and energy to your community to maximize the power of youth to make a difference. VolunTEEN Nation will help you engage your friends and family, inspire those around you to take action, and guide and encourage you to meet with political, non-profit and business leaders in your community to discuss how they can help support youth to tackle and problem-solve challenges communities face.  Visit VolunTEEN Nation to learn more about the program’s benefits and expected responsibilities.