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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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The American Optometric Association represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Information about the profession is available in the section "Why Choose Optometry."

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The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry website provides valuable information for prospective and current students of optometry on such topics as admission and applicant requirements, school and colleges of optometry, and tuition and fees.

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The AOSA represents over 6,000 students attending the 19 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. The AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public. This website is designed to provide information to future, current and past students of optometry.


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A multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.


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IHS Optometry website includes information about externships and residencies. “Weblinks” includes many links related to eye care as well as some scholarship information. Scholarship information is also at the IHS Scholarship page.


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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 each career there is information about education, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities. One or more interviews with a health professional are featured.



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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 “Optometrists” 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.