The Sustainable Development Institute offers unique internship experiences to College of Menominee Nation students. Information regarding the projects you can be involved in this academic year are listed below. All positions are open until filled.

Summer 2017 SDI Interns, from left to right: Brandon Boyd, Ethan Fregien, Charlene Tourtillott, Adam Schulz, Joseph Waukechon, Dolly Potts, Alison Bailey, and Kathy Waukau.


Download and print the CMN internship application form here.

You can also stop by student Services or Sustainable Development Institute to pick up an application and speak with our staff about the internships we have available. Application deadlines are posted in each position below. Click the link to read more about the internship.


Sustainability Leadership Cohort Education Mentor (3 positions)

A student internship opportunity is being offered through the CMN SDI project titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC).” A partnership led by Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation will support high school youth in the Menominee Nation to develop college and career readiness and leadership skills through engagement in an expanded and enhanced Sustainability Leadership Cohort program. In addition, the youth will be guided and given support through a SLC mentor team to assist them in connecting their culture and language to STEM concepts. The intern will be responsible for working with the mentor team and SLC students to develop and implement learning experiences/projects in local elementary school classrooms using knowledge gained through internship experiences. In addition, the SLC Mentor will participate in SLC and community related events.

Learning Path Phenology Trail Implementation (1 position)

The student internship is being offered through the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN), funded through USDA – NIFA “Plant Phenology” grant project.  This internship incorporates components of forest ecology along with development of a Citizen based phenology trail along the Learning Path on the East side of the CMN Keshena, WI campus.  The faculty member and student intern will work together to develop the phenology trail.

Student Researcher-Visualizing Forest Futures (VIFF) (3 positions)

SDI is currently working on a collaborative project with the The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Portland State University (PSU), and North Carolina State University (NCSU) on a project titled “Visualizing Forest Futures (VIFF): How biodiversity and human values shape decision making under climate change.” The project seeks four (4) undergraduate student researchers to be involved in interdisciplinary research and digital story-telling through the creation of virtual reality videos about climate change in temperate forests. This includes a six-week undergraduate summer research experience with activities occurring at both CMN and Penn State campuses. Students from CMN or other Tribal College/ Universities (TCU) will be supported by CMN/ SDI and conduct forest ecology research to examine how virtual reality can be used to 1) examine possible impacts of climate change on forest systems and 2) elicit values about forest change, including changes in both cultural and environmental resources