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
Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

Agency - Morris K. Udall Foundation

Office - 130 S.

Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.

Contact: Colin Ben, Program Manager, Telephone: (520) 901-8568.

FAX (520) 670-5530.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

One hundred thirty-eight (10-week) internships have been completed in various Congressional offices and the White House as of fiscal year 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is intended for the use of interns only.

Interns will be provided with airfare to and from Washington, DC; lodging in central DC; per diem to cover meals, transportation and incidentals.

A $1,200 stipend at the conclusion of the internship is given.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a member of a recognized tribe or an Alaskan native; be a matriculated junior, senior, graduate student or law student in a college or university; have a minimum 3.2 GPA; and have an interest in tribal government and policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Alaska Natives, and enrolled members of a recognized tribe will benefit.


Applicants must be a matriculated junior, senior, law student or graduate student pursuing a degree or graduating from an accredited institution of higher education at the time of nomination.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

In September, the Udall Foundation will distribute the program announcement/application to announce the Native American Congressional Internship Program.

The program announcement will include a telephone number, website and mailing address for students to request an application.

A mailing will be sent to approximately 1,500 individuals as follows: (1) Deans and Directors of U.S.

Graduate Schools; (2) Deans of U.S.

Law Schools; (3) Directors of Native American Studies Departments at U.S.

Institutions; (4) Tribal Councils; and (5) Native American Organizations and Associations.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applicants must include a completed Internship Application Form, an 800 word essay analyzing a piece of legislation sponsored by Congressman Udall that relates to the applicant's interests and career goals, and 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. The application packet must be returned by January 31.

Award Procedures

The Morris K. Udall Foundation will select four or five Native Americans from the academic and professional community to serve as the Udall Review Committee. The Udall Foundation will initially verify the contents of the applications packets for completeness and then assemble the information for review by the committee. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of: (1) Outstanding leadership capabilities, (2) academic excellence, (3) commitment to a career in tribal public policy, and (4) dedication to the values exemplified by Morris K. Udall during his career, i.e., civility, integrity and consensus. The Review Committee has sole discretion in the selection of the interns.


Nominations must be received by January 31 of each year.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

January 31 of each year for receipt of applications; February of each year for selection of interns by Udall Review Committee; and April of each year for announcement of Udall interns.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Native American interns will be provided with airline tickets and an advance of funds prior to their arrival in Washington. Interns will receive a check every other week for living expenses. Airline tickets and lodging will be prepaid by the Udall Foundation. A $1,200 stipend will be presented to each intern at the end of the internship program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not required.


Not required.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $170,000, and FY 08 est $170,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$3,160 to $3,685.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Informational bulletins are available upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Contact: Colin Ben, Program Manager, Telephone: (520) 901-8568. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Headquarters Office

130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Contact: Colin Ben, Program Manager, Telephone: (520) 901-8568. FAX (520) 670-5530.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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