Paid Internships at the Native American Village

This Is The Place Heritage Park (TITP) Internship Program with the Native American Village (NAV) provides educational opportunities for students interested in the living history museum profession, Native American history and culture in Utah, and supervising and managing a team, leading and evaluations of programs, etc. Interns complete projects using the resources of the NAV, university libraries, and in some cases first-hand research through interviewing. Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about the NAV’s presentations, programs, and methodologies, and to develop professionalism and other skills in the field.

A review committee made up TITP staff selects interns. 3 - 5 applicants are accepted for internships during any one-year period.

Internship projects for all internships at the NAV are listed below.

Internship Session Start Dates:

Summer: May 26, 2018
Fall: September 1, 2018


For each internship term, applications must be submitted electronically by the following dates:
Summer: May 1
Fall: May 1

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • If you are currently enrolled in an academic program you are eligible to apply. If you are not a current student then you may still apply, but you will need to use the essay portion of the application to state how an internship in the particular department you select will benefit your academic and professional goals. 
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected (with withdrawals and incompletes explained). 
  • All applicants must register and submit an application. Application can be downloaded below. You may...
  1. Fill it out electronically, save, and email it back to OR
  2. Download it, print, fill it out, scan it back in and email it to



  1. Application. 
  2. Statement of interest: questions to address are on the application
  3. Transcripts (unofficial or official)
  4. CV or resume
  5. Two letters of recommendation: Please have letters of recommendation emailed to with your name as the email subject.



When will I know if my application has been accepted?
Notification about placement occurs no later than ten days after the deadline. If sooner notification is needed, please contact the Intern Program Coordinator at

Is there financial support for this internship?
Yes, regular hourly pay will be provided to students whose applications are submitted on time and who are accepted into the program. Students receiving hourly pay must intern full-time (35 - 40 hours per week).

Do I have to be Native American?
No! The internship program is open to anyone.

Do you accept applications from international students?
Unfortunately not at this time.

Is there housing available?
Unfortunately not at this time.

Academic Credit
TITP welcomes the opportunity to work cooperatively with schools seeking to grant academic credit for internships. Applicants are encouraged to initiate arrangements for credit with their colleges or universities. TITP does not grant academic credit.

How competitive is the process and what makes a strong application?
The internship program is pretty competitive, especially in the summer. In general, strong applications demonstrate applicants’ academic and professional goals, interest in the particular department selected, and reason for wanting to be at the NAV/TITP. During an internship at the TITP, you will spend your time in the NAV only. If you want to gain a lot of experience in a specific aspect of living history museum work as it pertains to Native American tribes in Utah, then this internship will work for you.

If there are further questions, please email

This the Place Heritage Park does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, or participation in protected activity.





2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon This is the Place Heritage Park boasts the largest teepee in America and the only heated and air-conditioned teepee in the world. The Native American Village (NAV) sits on the east of the park and showcases cultural demonstrations from the eight tribes of Utah as well as pow wow dances. The following list provides a general overview of the ongoing work of the NAV as well as internship opportunities.


Cultural Presentations

All interns will create two cultural presentations based on one of Utah’s eight tribes in Utah (to be determined by the coordinator) that will range from 5-6 minutes each in length. Interns will research using traditional academic methods, including oral history to create a teaching demonstration through song, storytelling or dance (not pow wow). Interns will create curriculum and create a training handout for the NAV team. These presentations will include some or all of the following:

  • Summer Presentations
  • Native American Heritage Month Presentations
  • Winter Presentations (Candlelight Christmas)
  • Native American Craft (tribal specific)

The finished products may be chosen for implementation in the following season.


Pow Wow Dance Presentations

Interns who are interested in Native American pow wow dances will assist employees with daily presentations that happen five times a day. Interns must dance or be willing to learn how to dance to participate in this section of the presentation. If the intern knows how to dance any pow wow style, she/he must be willing to teach co-workers who may not know how. All NAV employees and interns must have their own dance outfit or traditional regalia.


Cultural Interpretation

So that they can speak fluently to guests who come through the NAV, all interns are expected to learn about the history of the eight tribes of Utah and their relation to settlers who came into present-day Utah before and after the times of the Mormon Pioneers in 1847. Trainings and training materials will be provided, but interns will create a 20-minute presentation on one particular tribe and their relations to the Mormon Pioneers using his/her own academic and indigenous research methods, to be shared at a training meeting during the corresponding season.


School Field Trips

Interns will conduct research in conjunction with Utah’s core state standards and will create 20-minutes presentations, training handouts that correspond, and training exercises. These presentations will be for grades 2 – 7.


Volunteer Program

The volunteer program is new this year for the NAV. Interns will work with coordinator to set up a viable and efficient program for the volunteers, which will include scheduling, measuring outcomes, and following up with volunteers’ experience and how to improve the program.


Apprenticeship Program

This is also the first year of the apprenticeship program at the NAV. We will have minimal participation, but one intern will assist the coordinator in following up with apprentices and their teachers (who are employees in the NAV) to measure outcomes and development of the skill(s) being learned by creating an evaluation system/document and interview processes.


intermountain all-women hoop dance competition

The Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience working the coordinator of the event in support of the planning the event that includes but is not limited to assisting with contestant pre-registration and registration, organizing volunteers and volunteer training, hospitality customs as it pertains to indigenous people, tallying of points,
and hands-on interaction on the day of the event. Interns will enhance their skills in written and oral communication and learn to work in a quick and efficient manner. Students interested in event planning or community development are encouraged to apply.


All interns are required to work 35 hours per week. One day per week will be set aside for research and writing purposes.