ACU on the Reservation

Imagine sitting around a campfire with your closest friends, gazing up into the wide Montana sky at the millions of twinkling stars after a long day of branding cattle or cutting trees for teepee poles. That's just one of the many experiences that the Crow Reservation summer interns experience.

The ACU Crow Reservation summer internship program offers students a chance to experience Crow life for themselves. For four months, interns will gain valuable insight into the Crow community by living with and working alongside them. They also have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the Crow youth.

Admissions Criteria
Any major can apply. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

  • Application (PDF format)
  • Recommendation from two of your professors (PDF format)
  • A 1-2 page typed statement that answers one of the following:
    • What factors (academic and/or personal) have influenced your interest in Native American culture?
    • What personal contribution (talents, strengths, experiences) can you make to the success of a program dealing with the tutoring and mentoring of at-risk juveniles?
    • How will service-learning in the rural Crow cultural setting contribute to your personal and academic development? 
  • List two or three personal and academic goals and the ways in which the summer Crow internship will help you achieve them.
  • Signatures of Academic Advisor, Campus Life, and Student Financial Services

 

Once completed, send the above items to: Department of Sociology & Family Studies ACU Box 27890 Abilene, TX 79699

Summer Classes
Interns have the opportunity to take classes at Little Big Horn College, located on the reservation, during their stay. You can locate more information on their course offerings, schedules, and tuition rates here.

Financial Aid
Interns are given a stipend that covers travel, meal, and living expenses. Any additional expenses incurred during your stay will not be assumed by the program. You will need to make alternative arrangements, if necessary, for additional financial assistance. Contact Student Financial Services at 674-2643 for more information.

"I found this internship to be one of the most eye opening experiences I have had here at ACU. I had the opportunity to meet a family of another culture and share life with them. This wasn't a mission trip but it was one of the most spiritual times I have ever had. You get the chance to meet these people who need help but help that you can't necessarily directly provide. It is frustrating to only be there 3 months and know that soon you will be gone and may be forgotten. I suppose in the long run it is more important for me to remember and never forget about the Crow people." -Hillary Mudroch, Crow Intern