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Learn more about a major in American Indian studiesAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and American Indian studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include foundational knowledge of American Indian policy, history, literature, arts, film, and environmental issues; a broad understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues; and expertise in American Indian affairs, cultural diversity, and minority perspectives.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

 

 

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Graduate School Programs related to American Indian Studies

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Assistant Native American Student Coordinator, Shakopee School District

Entry-Level

  • Ojibwe Immersion Teacher - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Associate Educator - Osseo Area Schools
  • ESL Teacher - Phichai Secondary School
  • Charles A. Eastman Predoctoral Fellow - Dartmouth College
  • College PREP Mentor - Division of Indian Work
  • Mentor - Rural America Initiatives
  • Tutor - Migizi Communications
  • Development Officer - Hearthstone of Minnesota
  • Counselor - Eastside Neighborhood Services

Experienced

  • Guest lecturer - Michigan State University*
  • Teaching Assistant - Michigan State University*
  • Archaeological Illustrator - University of Minnesota*
  • Guest Lecturer - University of Minnesota*
  • International Education Graduate Intern - Willamette University*
  • Teacher - School District 196*
  • Indigenous Language Specialist - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Dakota Language Immersion Teacher - Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project
  • Director of Student Accounts, Bursar - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Teacher, American Indian Studies - Saint Paul Public Schools*
  • Founder, CEO, Instructional Coach - Mathematize, Inc
  • Academic Advisor - Capella University*
  • Private EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Tutor - Self-employed Private Tutor
  • Community Outreach Coordinator/Lead Instructor - Sylvan Learning
  • President's Postdoctoral Fellow - University of California*
  • Laboratory Research Coordinator & Research Safety Officer - University of Minnesota Rochester
  • SMART Nations Program Coordinator - Division of Indian Work
  • Director of Development - Community of Peace Academy Charter School
  • Director of Advancement - Risen Christ School
  • Counselor - Independent Counseling (self-employed)*
  • Native American Outreach Liaison - ISD 197*
  • Counselor/consultant - Holy Spirit School*
  • Adjunct Professor of Sociology - San Diego Community College District*

Graduate Programs

Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern - Goodnature

Entry-Level

  • The Glue - The Clicquot Club
  • Business Analyst - Ameriprise Financial
  • Project Specialist - Ceres Environmental Services
  • Associate - BlueDog, Paulson & Small P.L.L.P.
  • Income Verification Manager - Best Vendors
  • Operations Manager - Lifetime Fitness
  • Executive Assistant - Nutro Products
  • Softlines Merchandise Coordinator - Target
  • Art Buyer Specialist - Target
  • Service Staff at the Glitretind - Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
  • Sales and Marketing Assistant - Independent Craft Beer and Spirits
  • Whitewater Guide, Customer Service - Yellowstone Raft Co

Experienced

  • Owner - Audrey Rose Vintage
  • Administrative Assistant - Minnesota Academy of Science
  • General Manager - The Toucan and The Lion
  • Business Process Analyst - Hennepin County*
  • Board of Directors Treasurer - Minnesota Brewer's Association
  • President - Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
  • Co-founder and Director of Operations - Indeed Brewing Company
  • Founding Member - Brodeen & Paulson PLLP*
  • Realtor, GRI, Broker - Counselor Realty*
  • Registration Assistant - WeSNIP
  • Program Assistant - Opportunity Council
  • Senior Managing Consultant - Fox Advancement
  • Dealer Service Representative - Mystery Ranch
  • Associate Store Team Leader - Whole Foods Market

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, Nonprofit Management, Marketing & Communications - University of St. Thomas School of Business
Arts

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Art Director - Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
  • Staff Photographer - University of St. Thomas

Experienced

  • Community News and Information Editor - Black Hills Knowledge Network
  • Owner - 2winfocus Photography
  • Artist - Cement Mixers
  • Director of Curation, Art Alley - Michigan Art Share
  • Creative and Research Consultant - Potter Park Zoo
  • Director - Michigan Native Arts Collection

Graduate Programs

  • MFA, Visual Studies - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern at U.S. House of Representatives
  • Legal Intern - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Civil Division
  • Legal Intern - Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel
  • Intern - United States Department of Agriculture
  • Summer Law Clerk - Youth Law Project, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance
  • Intern, Forest County Potawatomi Natural Resource Center

Entry-Level

  • Policy Drafting Consultant - Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Guardian and Litem-ICWA Specialist - Fourth Judicial District State of Minnesota
  • Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Law Clerk, Fourth Judicial District State of Minnesota
  • Deputy Solicitor General - Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Deputy Field Director - Jacob Frey for City Council
  • Committee Page - Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Director - Minnesota Young DFL
  • Legal Assistant - Marcus Family Law Center, PLC

Experienced

  • Associate Attorney - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.*
  • West Jury Verdicts Contractor - Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Associate - Haukaas Law Office, S.C.*
  • Law Clerk - The Previant Law Firm, S.C.
  • Research Assistant - U.S. Senate
  • Tribal Liaison/Staff Assistant - U.S. Senate
  • Associate Attorney - Best & Flanagan*
  • Attorney - Hogen Adams PLLC*
  • National Committee Representative - Minnesota Young DFL
  • Field Organizer - Al Franken for Senate 2014
  • Campaign Manager - Applebaum for State Representative
  • Principal Planner - Minnesota Department of Human Services

Graduate Programs

  • JD - University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • JD - Marquette University Law School
  • JD, American Indian Law, Construction Law, Real Estate Law - William Mitchell College of Law
  • Master of Tribal Administration & Governance - University of Minnesota - Duluth
  • University of Oklahoma - American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Law
  • University of Arizona - American Indian Studies Graduate Certificate in Native Nation Building
  • University of Hawaii - Manoa - M.A. in Indigenous Politics
  • University of Hawaii - Manoa - Ph.D. in Indigenous Politics
  • University of Victoria - M.A. in Indigenous Governance
  • University of Victoria - Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Immigration Services Intern, The International Institute of Minnesota
  • Refugee and Immigrant Program Intern, The Advocates for Human Rights

Entry-Level

  • AmeriCorps VISTA - Arizona Saves
  • Cultural Case Manager - Minneapolis American Indian Center Minneapolis
  • Vice President - Little Earth of United Tribes

Experienced

  • Zero-Waste Coordinator, Friendly Streets Initiative
  • Grants Contracts Monitor/Project Coordinator, Special-projects Administration - Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • OSSIII - Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
  • Best Outcomes for Indian Children Project Facilitator & Western Coordinator - Ho-Chunk Nation
  • President/CEO - Native American Community Development Institute
  • Business & Development Specialist - Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
  • Communications and Executive Affairs Coordinator - Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Graduate Programs

  • MS, Sociology, Community Development - South Dakota State University
  • MS, Sociology - The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Victoria - Indigenous Communities Counseling Psychology
Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Experienced

  • Senior Public Health Specialist - City of Minneapolis*
  • Optometrist - Arizona Eye Institute*
  • Senior Policy and Community Engagement Liaison, Health Equity Initiative - Multnomah County Health Department
  • Nocturnal Supervisor - Dorothy Day Hospital House
  • Staff Registered Nurse - Sinai Health System*

Graduate Programs

  • Doctor of Optometry - Nova Southeastern University
  • MA, Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy - Adler Graduate School
  • MS, Nursing - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Arizona - American Indian Studies Graduate Certificate in Renewable Natural Resources
  • University of Hawaii - Manoa - M.P.H. - Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.