Frequent Problems with Applications

The Native American Congressional Internship is a highly competitive award. The principal reasons an applicant may not be selected for the internship are:

  • Coursework and professional goals unlikely to lead to a career related to tribal public policy or to helping tribal communities;
  • Lack of connection to or involvement with tribal communities or issues relating to Indian Country;
  • Responses to questions 2, 3, 4 & 5 do not clearly reveal values and interests, motivation for pursuing the internship, and ways in which the knowledge gained from the internship experience could benefit the applicant's career, his or her tribal community, or Indian Country;
  • Few extracurricular activities or experiences that demonstrate interest in Native American issues;
  • Essay fails to demonstrate critical analysis, research ability, or good writing skills.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to request feedback on the application by contacting Jane Curlin, Senior Program Manager.

Internship Rating Form

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