Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program

 

To honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall through the operation of internship, scholarship and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, to develop increased opportunities for young Americans to prepare for and pursue careers related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
85.402
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Morris K. Udall Foundation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992, Public Law 102-259, 106 Stat. 78, 20 U.S.C 5601-5609.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be American Indian 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; have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent; 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:
•Interest in learning how the federal government "really works;"
•Commitment to his or her tribal community;
•Knowledge of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall's legacy with regard to American Indians;
•Awareness of issues and challenges currently facing Indian Country;
•Strong research and writing skills;
•Organizational abilities and time management skills;
•Maturity, responsibility, and flexibility.
Credentials/Documentation
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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must mail a completed Internship Application Form that provides biographical background about the applicant's background, interests, goals, and plans, and specifies how the internship program will help the applicant in his/her career; an 800 word essay that summarizes a legislative act or policy statement of Congressman Morris K. Udall or Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall that relates to the applicant's interest in an area of tribal public policy, analyzes its impact or potential impact and relates the issues it addresses specifically to the applicant's educational and career goals; 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 American Indian 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 Review Committee meets at a designated location to review and select 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; 4) Demonstrated leadership, character and integrity. Following the selection of finalists, the Review Committee will conduct skype interviews with the finalists to determine the final 12 interns.
Deadlines
Jan 31, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. Late January of each year for receipt of applications; February of each year for selection of interns by Internship Review Committee; and April of each year for announcement of Udall interns.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
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;
•A one-day nation-building seminar with the Native Nations Institute;
•Apartment-style living with on-site coordinator;
•Roundtrip airfare to and from Washington, D.C., and a daily allowance for meals, transportation and incidentals;
•A $1,200 educational stipend upon completion of the internship.

To receive the assistance, an intern must agree to complete the entire ten-week, full-time internship in the assigned office in Washington, D.C.; reside in housing provided by the Foundation for the duration of the internship; and participate in all scheduled program meetings and activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No reports are required.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available during the internship program, from late May to early August. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Interns will be provided with airline tickets and an advance of funds prior to their arrival in Washington DC. Interns will receive per diem by direct deposit every other week for living expenses. Airline tickets and lodging will be prepaid by the Udall Foundation. A $1,200 stipend will be awarded to each intern at the end of the internship program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Destiny Khalil 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701 Email: khalil@udall.gov Phone: 520-901-8500 Fax: 520-901-8570
Website Address
http://www.udall.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
95-0900-0-1-502.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 13 $128,606; FY 14 est $116,000; and FY 15 est $120,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Each intern receives approximately $9500 in housing, airfare, per diem and the educational stipend.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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