We provide a number of opportunities to gain leadership and professional development skills while at Cornell, as well as help you find the right programs to suit your experiential goals. Please take a look at our curated list of opportunities. AIISP also offers enrichment and experiential funding, and student employee and work-study opportunities. Please aiisp [at] cornell.edu (contact us) to find out more.

AIISP Leadership & Professional Development Opportunities

Native American/Indigenous Mentoring Program (NAIMP)

Started in the fall 2020, the Native American/Indigenous Mentorship Program is a semester-long mentorship program headed by Native American and Indigenous Students At Cornell (NAISAC) with support from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP). The program pairs first year students with upperclassmen from the community, who will guide these students as they transition into life at Cornell. NAIMP’s mission is to help incoming students see themselves as future leaders in the Cornell Indigenous community by instilling passion and drive, encouraging skill development, and sparking intellectual growth in new students.

Leadership and Development Spotlight Presenter

As part of the AIISP Leadership Development Spotlight series, we are always looking to learn about student’s current research projects, internships, and other enriching experiences. Presentations are done by students, for students. Share a brief description of your recent experience with the Student Support Specialist, and learn how your presentation helps your peers and furthers your own professional development.

AIISP Ambassador Program

The AIISP Ambassador Program is a group of students who support and embody the goals of the AIISP while engaging with unique opportunities at events all year long. Ambassadors represent the AIISP at information sessions on-campus and out in communities around New York State. If you’re interested, please aiisp [at] cornell.edu (contact us) today!

Akwe:kon Leadership & Professional Development Opportunities

Resident Advisors (RAs)

Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership and professional skills by serving as an Resident Advisors (RAs) at Akwe:kon. RAs are live-in community leaders and peer educators, encouraging residents to respect one another; get involved with floor, hall and area activities; and share information about campus resources.

Ongwe Hall Council

The hall council is composed of residents wanting to take on an active role in the Akwe:kon community. Council members convene on a weekly basis and discuss programming ideas for the house, focusing on community development and inclusion.


Tutoring is being held virtually for the 2020-2021 school year.

This tutoring program is a wonderful leadership development opportunity to engage one-on-one with Indigenous high school students from a local community and provide them with academic support in core subjects (English, math, and history).