Vision Maker Media Offering Public Media Internships for Native College Students

For Immediate Release:
Vision Maker Media Offering Public Media Internships for Native College Students
Deadline to Apply is Friday, March 1, 2013           
Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media is looking to partner American Indian and Alaska Native college students with Public Television stations to offer multiple summer internships. From all submissions, Vision Maker Media will select top student applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework for this 10-week, paid internship.

Interns can be located at Vision Maker Media's offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb., or at a Public Television station in the U.S. Vision Maker Media will contact Public Television stations that are requested by interns to determine placement options. If you are a Public Television station that would be interested in hosting a Public Media intern, please contact us to let us know of your interest

Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) commented, "Providing experience for Native students in the media is vitally important to ensure that we can continue a strong tradition of digital storytelling. We are grateful for the support of local PBS stations in helping us achieve this goal."

The application process includes a cover letter, resume, work samples, an official school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or former supervisor. All applications must include the signed application form and the materials referenced above with a postmarked date of March 1, 2013. Top applicants will be notified in April 2013.  

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of this paid summer internship is to increase the journalism and production skills for the selected college student. One of the major goals of the internship will be to increase the quantity and quality of multimedia reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets.

For more information and to apply for this paid internship,

To find out more about Vision Maker Media, follow us online at

Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world by advancing media that represents the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media is your premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment, internships, and fellowships. 

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Contact: Vision Maker Media | 402-472-3522  

SAIGE Summer Youth Program (opportunity)


SAIGE Announces Youth Program at 10th Annual National Training Program 

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national non-profit organization that advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native Government employees. SAIGE will host their 10th annual National Training Program, Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions, June 3-7, 2013 in Spokane, Washington, at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino, owned by the Kalispel Tribe. 

As part of the Training Program, SAIGE will also host the annual Native Youth Program. This program is designed to provide Native American students an opportunity to learn about careers within the federal government, to participate in professional and personal development workshops and leadership training, and to network with Native American professionals. SAIGE encourages Native American youth to realize their potential to become leaders in their communities and schools, continue their educations by obtaining a college degree, and ultimately, to seek a career in the government sector in one of the multitude of civil service professions. Federal agency representatives attending the conference will have the opportunity to participate as Exhibitors, meet students, and promote career opportunities within their respective agencies. 

SAIGE is offering a limited number of scholarships for Native students to attend the 2013 Training Conference June 3-7, 2013 in Spokane, Washington. The scholarships will include conference fee, airfare, hotel accommodations and meals. The Youth Program is open to Native Students between the ages of 18 and 25 who can demonstrate they are currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university. Students must be interested in gaining a professional degree and in the possibility of pursing a career with the federal government. SAIGE invites American Indian/Alaska Native students to submit their application form, letter of reference, proof of school enrollment, and completed emergency medical information form for consideration to attend the conference. A short essay about their interest in government careers and information about themselves is also required. 

Completed application packets must be postmarked or electronic copies sent no later than April 1, 2013. To obtain a complete application visit our website at: under Youth Program. 

We look forward to you joining us in Spokane, Washington Contact: JoAnn Brant Youth Program Coordinator (202) 564-0375

Click here to download the program application.

AISES Opening (opportunity)



Calling all AISES Family and Friends: WDYK?

By Marie Thames, Interim CEO

Now that I have your attention: Who Do You Know?

Over the past several months, the AISES CEO Search Committee has spent many hours in a variety of activities related to recruiting a new CEO for AISES.  Every avenue imaginable has been used to identify qualified candidates, but the Board of Directors and I remain convinced that it's through personal networking as well as formal advertising and outreach that will bring the candidate we seek to AISES.

AISES is a vibrant, 36 year old nonprofit association whose mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. As such, the candidates we seek should have the following experience, qualifications and education:

  • proven accomplishments in organizational leadership
  • knowledge of the nonprofit sector
  • expertise in organizational management
  • working knowledge of the STEM fields
  • extensive understanding of, and experience with, Native American cultures, traditions and communities
  • excellent communication and managerial skills
  • demonstrated success with fundraising and/or grant writing
  • strong experience with budget development and control
  • the ability to travel frequently
  • a minimum of a Master's Degree

Please click on the links below for a copy of the job posting and the job description.  

AISES Website
AISES Linkedin Group
AISES Facebook Page

How you can help:

1. Put these links and a note on your own Linkedin or Facebook pages.
2. Forward these links to your colleagues and ask them to do the same.
3. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

Thank you.


Native American Youth Institute (opportunity)

Dear Colleagues,

  We are writing to you today to announce and introduce you to a initiative at the Center for Native American Youth - Champions for Change. Senator Dorgan and our team invite you to engage in our work though this new program. We need you and inspirational Native youth across the country to apply and help spread the word about Champions for Change and the Center.

  The Champions for Change (CFC) program, a spin-off of a White House initiative, recognizes and encourages inspirational Native youth (ages 14 to 24) working in their tribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positive impact.

The Center is calling for young Native Americans across Indian Country to submit their stories of leadership and service in tribal and urban Indian communities, schools, and programs across the country. Champions include individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts to improve the lives of fellow Native youth and Indian Country. The Center invites youth to get creative - submissions can be in a written or video form. These stories will be collected and reviewed by the Center and five finalists will be selected and recognized at a spring 2013 event in Washington, DC.  

  In addition to an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, where finalists will be honored, they will also have an opportunity to participate in a mentorship pairing; serve a two-year term on a newly created Youth Advisory Board at the Center; and be eligible for consideration for a future visit from a member of the Center's board of advisors to their home community to share more about their initiative for change.

  *Applications can be found at this link:

  *Champions for Change application deadline is January 31, 2013.

  Again, we encourage you to share this information with any young leaders who you think would be interested in applying to this new and exciting program. Thank you for your continued support!


Center for Native American Youth
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-1133

Joy Cunningham

TA Partnership

713 729 3827 - office

713 729 3839 - fax

For more information regarding the CENTER FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH visit our website:

LEAD Summer Business Institute (opportunity)

The LEAD Summer Business Institute is a college preparatory program that introduces Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students in their junior year to exciting careers in business and finance. Native students join other students from diverse communities and live on a college campus, take interactive courses taught by nationally renowned professors and attend corporate site visits. Last year, students attended programs at Dartmouth College, Duke University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to taking classes in marketing, accounting, finance, economics and ethics, students also learn about the relevance of business, finance and economic development for Native communities. During this time, tribal leaders and Native people working in the financial services industry serve as motivational speakers and help students to understand how they can make an impact in their communities by pursuing careers in finance.

Happy Wednesday!

This week's email shares information about the LEAD Summer Business Institute for Native High School Juniors!

The LEAD Summer Business Institute is a dynamic summer program open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students in their junior year (during the 2012-2013 academic year). Students spend 3-4 weeks on a college campus learning about careers in business and finance. Students also participate in field trips to amusement parks and sporting events in addition to taking finance, business, accounting, and marketing classes with world-renowned professors. Participating schools include Dartmouth College, Duke University, Stanford University, and University of Pennsylvania. Find more information about the program and application by visiting the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) website.

Tuition and Scholarships: The cost of the program is $1,250 plus round trip airfare. Significant full and partial scholarships are available through NAFOA. Last year, 98% of students received financial aid.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

Deleted past Native Youth Listserv messages? That's Ok. You can visit the Center's NEW Native Youth Listserv page to view other Native youth opportunities from previous listserv messages.

We also encourage you to visit our website ( for a comprehensive list of available resources (scholarships, fellowships, summer programs, grant opportunities, etc.). Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Center for Native American Youth.

Don't see what you're looking for? Email us back and let us know what types of Native youth opportunities you'd like to see and we can be sure to include them in upcoming emails. We invite you to share your feedback.


Center for Native American Youth

About the Center
Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, the Center is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. While a part of the Aspen Institute, the Center is also overseen by a Board of Advisors. The goal of the Center is to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention. How you can help.

 Link to The Aspen Institute
Link to

Native Youth Leadership Academy! (event/opportunity)

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998 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA

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Wednesday November 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM PST
Saturday December 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM PST
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Native Youth Leadership Academy
Strengthening the Spirit! 


Native youth are dynamic, resilient and strong! Due to everyday ups and downs, sometimes our spirits get tarnished. This year's Native Youth Leadership Academy will strengthen your spirit through laughter, leadership development, healthy risk taking and cultural pride! The Academy will kick off with a medicine tie ceremony, followed by getting to know you activities as well as information sharing. The highlight will include a "Native Youth Leadership and Wellness Extravaganza" production which will be produced and performed by the youth! Other activities will include a hypnosis show and field trip!
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Staff Attorney (opportunity)

Seeking a Native American attorneys who would like to submit an application for employment for our organization: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CONSORTIUMLegal & Intergovernmental Affairs Department4000 Ambassador Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508Phone: (907) 729-2005 / Fax#: (907) 729-2015

Tips From Former Smokers (health, opportunity)

Dear Colleague:

The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is in the process of recruiting individuals to feature in our next national tobacco education campaign. This campaign will be very similar to our highly successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign and enable us to highlight health conditions and population groups that we weren’t able to feature in the first Tips campaign. Like the first Tipscampaign, this campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or that were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.

As a partner with us in tobacco control, we would very much appreciate it if you would share this request for assistance as well as the enclosed flyer with your partners, members, and/or constituents. Additionally, should you know of any people whom you feel would be good candidates for this campaign, please feel free to forward their contact information to us. As with the first campaign, be assured that anyone you refer to us will be treated with respect and sensitivity.


We are seeking people across all ethnic and racial backgrounds, but particularly candidates who are veterans or American Indian/Alaska Natives—ideally age 55 or younger. All applicants must have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months. We are specifically seeking individuals:     

·                     Who have suffered a heart attack due to exposure to secondhand smoke (age 55 or younger) 

·                     Who have symptomatic COPD, including chronic bronchitis or emphysema (i.e., marked by restriction in activities or home oxygen), due to their own smoking (ages 30 through 50)

·                     Who have diabetes (either Type I or Type II) and who’ve suffered health problems as a result of their continued smoking; this could include amputation of limbs, kidney failure, vision impairment, or blindness (age 55 or younger)

·                     Who have had a serious asthma attack triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke (ages 18 through 30)

·                     Who have used proven strategies to successfully quit smoking (such as setting a quit date, working with their health care provider, removing ashtrays and cigarettes from their environment, or using an approved medication) and have a compelling story to tell about how they quit (age 50 or younger)

In order to qualify, participants must have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months, be able to travel for filming in October 2012, and be willing to have a doctor sign a legal statement saying tobacco caused and/or contributed to their health condition. Please see the attached recruitment flyer for additional information regarding qualifications. The compensation for participating in this campaign is $2,500 as well as paid travel expenses.


We really appreciate your assistance in this endeavor. Should you have any questions or concerns related to the campaign, please contact Kari Sapsis, Campaign Development Team Lead, For questions about the recruitment process and to recommend good candidates for the campaign, please call or email one of the following representatives from Mimi Webb Miller Casting, a national casting and research company.


Mimi Webb Miller                               Leslie Rhoades         

(310) 452-0863                                   (310) 968-6409








Timothy McAfee, MD, MPH

Director, Office on Smoking and Health

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention

  and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention