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CIEA’s Native Youth Environmental Leadership Program (NYELP) provides students and community members with valuable experience to address environmental toxins affecting Native communities and pathways to academic success.  Participants are encouraged to explore careers in the environmental sciences, health sciences, public policy and environmental law fields.

This Program includes two opportunities:


Each semester, CIEA partners with local colleges to offer students course credit for the completion of  internships.  Students gain skills in the following areas depending on individual interest and organizational need:

  • Address environmental toxins in California Indian and Urban Indian communities
  • Develop  advocacy tools for impacted communities
  • Develop web  and social media tools
  • Assist in regional coalition and capacity building
  • CIEA’s Program support and development

These positions include working closely with CIEA staff in our Oakland office and research from your campus.

California Indian Fellowship Project

Our Fellowship Project prepares California Tribal members who are college students to return back home over the summer for a paid internship with their Tribe or community.

To be eligible Fellows participate in CIEA’s internship program for one semesters prior to acceptance into the Fellowship Project.  For one semester as a fellow we assist the student in finding summer employment with their Tribe back home.  Placement is based on the employment needs and availability identified by the Tribe in relation to the students’ area of study.  Our goal is that fellows receive training and arrive prepared to provide a set of useful skills to be of service as a summer employee of their own Tribe.

CIEA provides training to Fellows so that they arrive prepared to be of service as a summer employee of their own Tribe in the following departments:

  • Tribal government and administrative offices
  • Environmental offices
  • Water Quality and Tribal Fisheries

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