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Information for Students


The Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) provides students with a variety of educational opportunities, most importantly scholarships and internships.


We have scholarship opportunities available for American Indian students interested in pursuing graduate study at KUMC in biostatistics, health policy and management, or public health at the master's or doctoral level.

All CAICH scholarships are for students who are interested in addressing health issues affecting American Indian communities.  Our scholarships cover tuition and fees, a graduate research assistantship, professional development (travel and registration to attend conferences), and/or use of a computer for the duration of the scholarship. Which of these are covered is determined on a case-by-case basis and subject to available funds.  Students at the master's level are considered CAICH Scholars; those at the doctoral level are considered CAICH Predoctoral Fellows.

To be eligible, the student must apply to both the CAICH scholarship and the appropriate KUMC program.  Information about requirements for each graduate program can be found on their respective pages:

Requirements for CAICH Scholarships:

  • Must be American Indian/Alaska Native (Note: We DO NOT require a certificate of degree of Indian blood or tribal enrollment card)
  • Meet all entrance requirements for the appropriate program and be accepted into the program
  • Signed cover letter specifically asking to be considered for the CAICH scholarship with written permission to view your application materials from the program to which you applied
  • 500 word minimum essay about a heath disparity affecting the American Indian population and what you would like to do to address it through your graduate work and beyond

If you would like more information about the CAICH scholarship program, please fill out the form available here.


2016 Interns

Summer Internship

In conjunction with our partners at the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) at Johnson County Community College, we have a paid eight-week internship for undergraduate college students in June and July each year. All interns gain valuable, hands-on experience on research projects and service activities related to health disparities in American Indian communities.  Summer interns are expected to work 40 hours per week.

The majority of time is spent in either the CAICH offices at KUMC or the CAIS offices at JCCC (determined based on interests of the student and where that work is being done), but all interns spend time in both offices and in community locations throughout Kansas and Missouri, as well as the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where we spend a week providing service and education to youth and adults.

Requirements for Summer Internships:

  • Must be in good academic standing (2.5 cumulative GPA)
  • Submit cover letter and resume
  • Provide two references and their contact information
  • Submit unofficial transcripts from all schools attended
  • Submit a 500 word essay on a topic related to American Indian health
  • The online application is due April 1 each year

River Gunville with community memberFall and Spring Internships

We have semester-long internships available for college and graduate students for credit hours. The amount of hours worked per week are dependent on specific program requirements. Students can use these internships for practicum experiences at many schools. Internships during the school year are tailored to the needs of individual students and fall within the scope of CAICH's mission.

If you would like more information about any of our internship programs, please fill out the form available here.

Last modified: Jul 26, 2018