Indigenous Communities Internships (ICI)

Support Indigenous-led social impact solutions!

You don’t have to leave Boston to support incredible Indigenous entrepreneurs across the United States. Through the Indigenous Communities Internship, a one-month in-person and virtual program, you will work closely with Indigenous innovators in the US to support the growth and efficacy of their social enterprises. This PKG and MIT Solve offering provides you with the opportunity to join a cohort of MIT students partnering with Indigenous Communities Fellows. You will be exposed to modern topics in Indigenous affairs including food, data, and tribal sovereignty, and will provide direct support to Indigenous social impact entrepreneurs.

ICI Internship Host Sites – IAP 2025

Click on the following links to learn more about the respective host site and their internship opportunities!

How It Works:

  • Apply for ICI and indicate your preferences for projects
  • Interview with the MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellows
  • Participate in orientation and training dinners in November and December 2024.
  • Spend the first week of IAP interning remotely and attending afternoon workshops to learn more about indigenous communities in preparation for your work.
  • For the remainder of IAP, intern full-time and attend weekly virtual meetings with your cohort of MIT students and program coordinators to share and process your experiences.
  • Gather with all fellows and interns for a final showcase to present your work and experiences.
  • Stipend provided!

Looking for Inspiration to Apply?

See how other MIT students reflect on their PKG Indigenous Communities Internship experience:

“Of the many indigenous individuals I’ve met, both before this internship and during this internship through the team and their acquaintances, a common issue discussed within and outside their community is the “death of languages”. Due to the constant oppression and forceful dismantling of many indigenous communities and tribes through oppressive actions of countries around the globe, America included, many indigenous languages and their communities have reached dangerous lows in speakers. And while many revitalization efforts have been made, like many languages, if there isn’t a place to use and practice it, learning and retaining the language becomes hard. This is where Reclaim and many of the other efforts of GIM come into play. Many young members of Ojibwe speaking communities don’t have media that they are represented in. They often lack ways in which they can then practice their language skills outside of a class setting and Reclaim allows them the opportunity to learn more about their culture in an enjoyable and fun manner, like how many societies have kids shows relevant to their community.” – Tolu Akinbo

Note: Applications will open Fall 2024 for IAP 2025!

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