Research and Internships

Community Engagement

The Department of American Indian Studies strives to engage with tribal communities, reservations, and programs on research projects, internships, and collaborative projects that benefit American Indian people.


There are many opportunities for you to hold internships for credit and to work with American Indian organizations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in Minnesota. The Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce offers internships with American Indian owned businesses and non-profit organizations, and the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and the Heart of the Earth Charter School are some of the many organizations at which students have worked for internship credits.

There are also work/study arrangements with local corporations, public agencies, and internships with the Hubert Humphrey Institute and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Consult CLA Career Services for more advice on local employment and internship options.


The University has funding opportunities available for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) gives undergraduate students the chance to work closely with faculty members on research projects. Full information about this can be found in Undergraduate Research Opportunities.