Student Receives Native American Congressional Internship

April 21, 2015 – UCLA Law student Heather Torres ’17 has been selected by the Udall Foundation as a 2015 Native American Congressional Intern. She is one of 12 students from 11 tribes chosen for the 10-week internship program. The interns were selected based on academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy.

Heather, of the Navajo San Ildefonso Pueblo, is an active member of the Southern California Native community, participating in local events and mentoring local youth. Prior to starting law school, she worked for the Native American Student Programs at the University of Redlands, recruiting students and building a college-going culture for the Southern California Native community. Heather graduated cum laude from UCLA in 2011 and holds a master’s degree in collaborative educational leadership from Fielding Graduate University.

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 and first-hand knowledge of 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.