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Internship Program

Focused on educating young Chickasaw leaders in government, community and business relationships, the Chickasaw Nation internship program provides motivated college-aged students with a first-hand view of what it takes to be highly effective ambassadors and real-world problem solvers.

During the six to eight week internship opportunity, interns are paid a bi-weekly salary, provided housing accommodations and travel expenses are covered for any participant living outside the job location area.

Student resumes are reviewed by various organizations seeking interns and selections are made based on an individual’s chosen course of study. Internships must be in an area or field closely related to any given participants educational path.

By nominating and supporting participants who return home with the experience to become leaders in the Chickasaw Nation, the program is an opportunity to have a direct impact on the future of the tribe.

Intern sites include, but are not limited to: governmental offices (Indian Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, state offices, etc.); National Transportation Safety Board; Department of Energy; Native American organizations; Native American owned or operated businesses.

You Provide

  • Valid driver's license
  • Internship program application
  • Professional resume with three references
  • Copy of latest college transcript (law students must be in good standing)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Short essay outlining student’s goal and interest in an internship with the Chickasaw Nation.
  • Complete a survey upon completion of internship


  • Chickasaw citizen
  • 18 to 25-years-old
  • Full-time college student (sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student when submitting application)
  • Cannot be dually enrolled in high school/college at the time of submitting the application
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Other Information

Fall semester – July 1st
Spring semester – November 1st
Summer semester – March 1st

Online Applications

Service Area


This service is available both inside and outside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Contact Information

(580) 272-1286

(580) 436-7222

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821


Department of Culture & Humanities
1020 N. Mississippi
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 436-7282