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American Indian Studies Program at MSU

The American Indian Studies Program (AISP) at Michigan State University seeks to form an understanding of American Indian cultures and identities, the place of American Indian/Indigenous people in today’s world, and the changing demands of American Indian/Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of cross-cultural diversity.


Summer Student Intern (MSU Native American Institute)


The Native American Institute is looking to hire a summer intern to work in the NAI offices 10-20 hours/week for the summer, 2015, with the possibility of extending the position into fall depending on office needs.    The mission of the Native American Institute is to work with American Indian tribal governments, tribal and community organizations, urban American Indian communities, and various Michigan State University units to enhance American Indian tribal sovereignty, cultural continuity and well-being.  Currently, the Native American Institute is housed in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and has partnered with units such as MSU-Extension and various faculty around MSU on issues related to agricultural development, ecosystem management, environmental protection, sustainable community and economic development, community health and food systems, youth education and empowerment, and traditional knowledge systems/cultural preservation.  The Native American Institute is committed to training and mentoring tribal and First Nations youth to be future leaders in their professional pursuits.


The student will work with the interim director and outreach specialist on a variety of current projects as well as help with basic office work.  Duties will include:

-          Work with the academic specialist to develop materials to be used for a new NAI web page

-          Provide support on current projects in the following ways:

  • Data collection on various Native American topics related to current projects
  • Data entry and some analysis
  • Work with the interim director and/or academic specialist in the field on current projects
  • Attend project meetings

-          Provide support on programs such as the American Indian Youth Film Camp

-          Provide support on project and program development

-          Mentoring will be provided throughout the intern’s time


-          Strong interpersonal and written communications  skills

-          Must be able to work on multiple tasks and meet deadlines

-          Must be able to travel if necessary for Institute work (may require overnight on occasion)

-          Interest in working with diverse audiences

-          Basic experience with data entry/analysis tools (excel, nVivo preferred)

-          Must be web literate (able to do creative searches, use web resources effectively)


-          Have experience working on Native American Issues

-          Have research experience beyond the classroom

-          Have fluency in MS Office, nVivo, SPSS

-          Know basic website management

-          Membership in an American Indian Tribe or First Nation


-          $15/hour for 10 to 20 hours per week.

Start Date: No later than June 1st.

For students interested in this internship opportunity, please submit a letter of interest (word doc or pdf) that describes your qualifications for the position and a current resume or CV (word doc or pdf) to the current interim director, Dr. John Norder,  If you have any questions regarding the position please contact Dr. Norder via e-mail or call 517 353 9525.











Congratulations to AISP Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Kyle Whyte, who has been named as the inaugural Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University


to AISP Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Ellen Cushman on positve reviews of her book, the Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People's Perseverance



Office Hours

The American Indian Studies Program is located on the fourth floor of Baker Hall in Room 414.

Summer 2015 Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8am-1pm


Contact Information:

American Indian Studies Program

Michigan State University

414 Baker Hall

East Lansing, MI


phone: (517) 432-2193