Acoma Member Named Udall Intern


Posted: 4/4/2016

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 12 students from 11 tribes and 11 universities have been selected as 2016 Native American Congressional Interns. They were selected by an independent review committee on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy.

The 12 Udall Interns will complete an intensive, 10-week internship in the summer of 2016. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers. From 1996 through 2016, 245 American Indian and Alaska Native students from 115 tribes will have participated in the program.

One of the 2016 Native American Congressional Interns is:

• Adriana Medina, interning in the office of Senator Martin Heinrich
Adriana Medina is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe from New Mexico. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric with a minor in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Adriana plans to further her education in Native American law with a joint master’s in public policy. She would like to help the Native American and Alaska Native community by strengthening and enforcing policies that will enrich the lives of Native people. She is dedicated to the future generation and would like to ensure Native youth are fully equipped with the proper education and tools needed to succeed. She is an active member of her community and helps other urban Indians stay connected to their culture and family values.

Learn more about the Congressional Internship Program and meet the 2016 Udall Interns.

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. The internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.

More Information
For more information about the Udall Foundation, please visit About us.
For additional information about the Internship program, please contact Destiny Khalil at 520-901-8561 or