Ecological Restoration


Are you a Native American student in an undergraduate natural science program?


A USDA NIFA grant offers financial incentive for Native American undergraduate students in natural science majors attending OSU or SWOCC.


Native American students planning to participate in summer internships, in a range of natural sciences, are eligible to receive a $2900 supplement.

Internships are expected to last a minimum of 8 weeks advancing the student’s understanding of their field of study through experiential learning.

Interns will be mentored by either the employer and or a faculty member, and mentors will be expected to attend a culturally-informed mentoring workshop provided by OSU for free.

The deadline to apply for the summer 2022 internship supplement HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Funding is still available, apply NOW!

Participating students may also apply for an additional $1000 scholarship through this program once internships are completed.

This is an annual opportunity 2021-2024. Students will be encouraged to stay engaged with the program and may serve as program ambassadors and or peer mentors.


Internship Supplement Eligibility

Students must:

  • Self-identify as Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian
  • Be enrolled at OSU or SWOCC
  • Be an Undergraduate student
  • Be majoring in, or planning to major in, a natural science, including physical and life sciences. Priority will be given to agriculture and natural resources management fields, but all natural science majors are encouraged to apply. (Application takes 15 minutes.) 
  • Have an Existing summer internship plan, or
    • If you need help developing or securing an internship position, contact the Program Manager for assistance

Internships may be developed with off-campus organizations and industries as well as campus-based programs. If needed, students will receive assistance in identifying and working toward planned learning outcomes.

OSU students: This funding does not require that interns earn academic credit for the internship.

SWOCC students: This funding does require that interns earn academic credit for the internship and serve at least 90 hours. 

Students Apply Here




Learn More About Potential Internships Here!

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

Explore our NBTS mentor resources by clicking on the button below.
Learn More
Training: Mentoring Indigenous Students in STEM and OSU Resources
View Flyer

NBTS Coordinators

Reach out to find out more about these opportunities!


Bessie Joyce

New Beginnings for Tribal Students Program Manager

Contact Bessie


Jeff Sherman

Open Campus Program Leader


Contact Jeff


Diana Kaljumagi

New Beginnings for Tribal Students Coordinator, Southwestern Oregon Community College

Contact Diana

A sampling of potential internship programs and sites (deadlines vary or may have passed):

Discover More From Open Campus

Transfer Student Support

Transferring from a community college to a university can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Open Campus coordinators are here to help map out your transfer goals and connect you to transfer resources and information. Transfer Support includes degree planning, campus tours, and more!

Career Prep and Exploration

Open Campus believes in the power of providing tools and resources that will help students and job seekers achieve their long-term goals. From career exploration events to industry-specific career snapshots, we strive to provide job skills, opportunities, and pathways to our community. From resumés to trade school, we can help!


Juntos (meaning “together” in Spanish) is designed to empower high school students and their parents to gain the knowledge, skills, and resources needed for academic success while working together to make college a family goal. Uniting with community partners, Juntos provides culturally relevant programming for 6-12th grade students and their parents.