A Different Approach Native Youth Internship Fellowship


A Different Approach Intern Fellowship Program is a selective opportunity that provides financial support to Indigenous students who obtain internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary.  By eliminating financial barriers, this program allows students to explore their career interests, gain new skills and experience the world of work.


Selected students will be eligible to receive a $3000 fellowship. Disbursement schedule will be provided to recipients at the Pre-Internship Meeting.

Fellowship will be awarded only to students who have received a formal internship offer from a tribal agency, enterprise or nonprofit organization that provides services or benefits to a First Nation Community.


At the end of this program, fellowship recipients will be able to:

  • Articulate at least three skills and competencies employers are seeking in recent college graduates.

  • Cite examples of how their internship helped them develop at least two of those skills and competencies in a professional setting.

  • Create three next action steps based on reflection of skills, interests, values, and organizational culture.


  • Participate in a Pre-Internship Meeting before summer 2017.

  • Complete 2-3 check-ins (via in-person, phone or Skype) with ADA mentor during the summer 2017.

  • Complete two 300-word blog posts about your internship experience and comment on two other HSP blogs.

  • Complete one pre-assessment and one post-assessment evaluation of your fellowship experience.

  • Ensure your internship supervisor completes the Intern Evaluation by the end of Summer 2017.

  • Upon completion of your internship experience, make a facebook post about experience in early Fall 2017.

  • Complete the Goal Setting Activity at the end of Summer 2017.

  • Complete the internship that you described in your application and will notify HSP of any changes accordingly in regards to changes in your internship description, goals, internship dates, number of hours, direct supervisor, etc.

  • Contact the HSP immediately to discuss a situation in which you will not begin or complete your internship.


The Application Process for the 2017 NYIFProgram is closed.  Applications for 2018 will open in January 2018.


A complete application must include all documents:

*Important: Review criteria for letter of recommendation and offer letter submissions.

All application documents may be emailed to info@highlandpartners.org


The letter of recommendation may be submitted with the ap

If the individual writing the letter of recommendation is not okay with sending the letter to the applicant to upload, please follow the below steps:

  1. Instruct the individual writing your letter of recommendation to email it to info@highlandpartners.org RE: Native Youth Intern Fellowship Program

  2. Email subject line must read “Letter of Recommendation - Student’s First and Last Name”

  3. Recommender may add context in the body of the email but it is not necessary

  4. As a confirmation, the recommender will receive an email from info@highlandpartners.org confirming the document has been added to the applicant's materials

  5. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the letter is in their application materials and submitted before the early action deadline (April 1) or regular deadline (May 1)


  • Available to qualifying students working unpaid internships for Summer 2017, for a minimum of 200 total hours, for 6–12 weeks, June 1 – August 29, 2017. Students may begin the internship before June 1 but must work a minimum of 200 hours between June 1 - August 29.

  • Open to highschool and college students identifying as a member of a first nations community .

  • Students may only submit 1 application for consideration for the fellowship during the Summer of 2017.

  • Students who have previously been awarded Intern Fellowship award are eligible.

  • Priority will be given to those who have financial need.

  • While some remote/online work is allowed, the majority of your hours must be spent on-site at the location indicated in your application.

  • To ensure this is a meaningful experience, the internship must include established learning goals and supervision from an organization’s staff member.

  • The internship must be unpaid and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.

What are the requirements of me while at my internship this summer?

Selected inters will be paired with an HSP staff member to engage in at least two to three reflection conversations during the internship.  The check-ins are also designed to ensure the students are having a productive experience at their site.

Because selected interns will have similar learning goals and experiences throughout the internship, recipients will also be asked to submit 2 blogs during their internship and comment on another student’s blog twice throughout the summer.

Are there any assignments I must complete for my summer internship?

Yes, in addition to completing the 2-3 check-ins with your Mentor, you will be required to complete 2 blogs of the internship experience.  More details to the structure of the 2 blogs will be provided to those awarded the fellowship.

Additionally, recipients will be responsible for completing an authorization form for direct deposit to receive their disbursements, complete one pre-assessment and one post-assessment evaluation of the fellowship experience, ensure your supervisor completes the employer evaluation of your fellowship experience, present to visiting HSP delegation and  present a Facebook Live post in early Fall 2017, and complete a Goal Setting Activity.

Will there be a pre-internship meeting?

Yes, all recipients are required to attend either a face-to-face or online (virtual) pre-internship (or orientation) session.  The pre-internship meeting dates will announced to those awarded.


Can I get Help with the Application?

Yes.   Contact a staff members at info@highlandpartners.org to arrange for application assistance.