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The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES chapters are on many campuses

The 10-week summer internship program provides qualified AISES students with opportunities to explore careers in such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) is jointly supported by the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The NARCH initiative supports partnerships between American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes or Tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive academic-level biomedical, behavioral and health services research. This funding mechanism develops opportunities for conducting research, research training and faculty development to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. As a developmental process, Tribes and Tribal Organizations are able to build a research infrastructure, including a core component for capacity building and the possibility of reducing the many health disparities so prevalent in AI/AN communities.

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Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For both clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists there is information about educational needs, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities.



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Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health include a wealth of NIH summer internships, scholarship programs and other opportunities for students in (1) high school; (2) college/university; (3) post-baccalaureate; (4) graduate school; and (5) medical/dental school.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government's primary agency for the support of medical and behavioral research. Within its 27 institutes and centers, the NIH employs approximately 14,800 people, including 900 tenured faculty and nearly 3,000 postdoctoral fellows with either medical, dental, or graduate degrees. 



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The website of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is good source of information for students interested in careers in the biomedical and other sciences. SACNAS’ mission is to encourage Native American and Chicano/Latino students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for careers in scientific research and teaching. For more than 30 years SACNAS has taken a leadership role in expanding and enhancing opportunities for minorities in academia and the scientific workforce.



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The “Medical Scientists” section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website includes the nature of the work, needed training, employment, job outlook, projects, earnings, and wages.



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Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.