College Internship Program

Purpose: This program is a competitive paid 8 week summer internship program for tribal citizens attending college to gain working experience in the tribal government and economic development setting.

Where: Job placements will be in various tribal offices in Dowagiac, Michigan. Possible placements include the following departments: Communications, Education, Finance, Health Services, Housing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Language and Culture, Natural Resources, Social Services, Tribal Court, and Tribal Police.

When: Monday, June 5, 2017–Friday, July 28, 2017. Usually 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Eligibility: Pokagon citizens and spouses who will be continuing college in the fall and who have completed at least one semester (12 credits) by June 5th, 2017. This can include dual/enrollment credit who are 2017 high school graduates. Applicants must also be at least eighteen years old by June 5, 2017. Qualified applicants who have never been Pokagon Summer College interns or have never been Pokagon employees will be given first preference.

Please note, selected candidates must pass a background check and a pre-employment drug screening. Candidates will be contacted by our Human Resources Department to make arrangments to complete a background check and drug testing in Dowagiac immediately upon hire.

What is provided:

  1. Housing Stipend up to $400/month (housing available at Southwestern Michigan College)
  2. Gasoline Stipend of up to $225/month
  3. Clothing Stipend $250 total
  4. Wages
    • 1st yr $10.00/hr
    • 2nd yr $10.50/hr
    • 3rd yr $11.00/hr
    • 4th yr $11.50/hr

How to apply: Interested citizens must complete the College Internship Application by April 13, 2017. Interested students should be prepared to upload supporting documents such as:.

  • Resume
  • Current college schedule
  • Official college transcript

If you have any questions or need assistance in the process please contact:

Polly Mitchell
Collegiate Partnerships
58620 Sink Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(269) 782-0985 (fax)

Please note, all materials must be received in the Department of Education by April 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. Late applications will only be considered if some positions are not filled. Candidates who meet the above eligibility requirements will be contacted for interviews by individual department directors after submitted materials are reviewed.

Important dates for the summer internship program:

  • Application due - Wednesday, April 13, 2017 by 5 p.m.
  • Phone interviewing and hiring will begin after materials are reviewed
  • Background checks and drug testing will begin immediately after hiring
  • Welcome Luncheon - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • Program starts - Monday, June 5, 2017
  • Last work day - Friday, July 28, 2017

Any questions should be directed to Polly Mitchell at (269) 462-4294.