Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program


The Native American Congressional Internship Program identifies future leaders in Indian Country and places them in Congressional and Federal agency offices in Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand how the Federal Government works with and impacts Tribes and Tribal communities. The Internship provides professional development for up to 12 deserving and qualified students annually, connecting them to a network of leaders and policymakers in Indian affairs. The Internship Program is funded by a combination of annual appropriations and a permanent trust fund endowment. Assistance is intended for the use of Interns only.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, Scholarship and Fellowship Foundations
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992, Public Law 102-259, 20 U.S.C. 5601-5609, Statute 106,78
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be 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; and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Applicants should also demonstrate commitment to Tribal public policy or Tribal communities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
A successful applicant will demonstrate: oInterest in learning how the Federal government works; oCommitment to his or her Tribal community; oKnowledge of Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall's legacy with regard to Native Americans and Alaska Natives; oAwareness of issues and challenges currently facing Indian Country; oStrong research and writing skills; oOrganizational abilities and time management skills; oMaturity, responsibility, and flexibility.
Applicants must submit current transcripts and transcripts for transfer credits. Graduate and law students must submit undergraduate transcripts. Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a leader in the applicant's Tribal community. Applicants must submit copies of relevant Tribal enrollment forms or certificate of degree of Indian blood. Applicants who are members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must email a completed Internship Application Form; provide three references, one from a leader in his/her tribe, one from a faculty member in the applicant's field of study, and another individual that can attest to the applicant's potential; and a resume.
Award Procedure
The Udall Foundation will select individuals from the academic and professional community to serve as the Internship Review Committee. Udall Foundation staff will verify the applications for completeness and eligibility. The Committee meets to review and select up to 16 finalists. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of: 1) Interest in and commitment to learning about the federal government; 2) Demonstrated commitment to Tribal communities and/or Tribal public policy, through contributions to or participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, community or public service, Tribal government and cultural activities, research; 3) Desire to use the knowledge gained to support their Tribal community and/or Indian Country; and 4) Demonstrated leadership, character and integrity. Following the selection of finalists, the Review Committee will conduct virtual interviews with the finalists to select up to 12 Interns.
January 24, 2024
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. January of each year for receipt of applications; February of each year for selection of Interns by Internship Review Committee; and March of each year for announcement of Udall Interns.
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How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
Assistance is intended for the use of interns only and can only be used in connection with the internship program. As part of the program, the Udall Foundation provides: •Placement in a Congressional office, committee or federal agency in Washington, D.C.; •Meetings with distinguished members of Congress, directors and staff of federal agencies, and Native American professionals; •Native nation-building seminars; •An award stipend to cover the cost of the Internship Program. To receive the assistance, an intern must agree to complete the entire internship in the assigned office in Washington, D.C. and participate in all scheduled program meetings and activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available during the Internship Program from late May to early August. Interns will be provided with an award stipend to cover the cost of: transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing for the Internship period; and per diem, educational, and miscellaneous expenses. Interns will also receive Udall Foundation-arranged housing for the orientation period at the start of the Internship Program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Alicia Harris
434 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85705 US
Phone: 520-901-8524
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$65,792.00; FY 23 est $84,435.00; FY 24 est $150,000.00; FY 14 est $116,000.00; FY 13$128,606.00; FY 15 est $120,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Beginning in FY 2024 each Intern receives $12,500 for housing, transportation, per diem, and education and miscellaneous expenses.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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Examples of Funded Projects
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