TU College of Law Student Accepted for Udall Internship

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Philip Tinker, a second-year law student at The University of Tulsa College of Law, has been selected by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a Native American Congressional Internship during the summer of 2010.

Philip TinkerA native of Bartlesville, Okla., Tinker was one of 12 students of Native American or Alaskan heritage chosen for the program. He will serve his 10-week internship with the White House Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C.

Interns with the Native American Congressional Internship Program work in congressional and agency offices in the nation’s capital. Their service focuses on legislative issues, advocacy groups and policy making that will enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance. The internship is fully funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy, which was founded by the Morris K. Udall Foundation and the University of Arizona.

Established in 1969, The Council of Environmental Quality is a White House agency that coordinates federal environmental efforts and works with agencies and other White House offices to develop environmental policies and initiatives. Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the president.

Tinker is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation and a member of the Deer Clan. He serves as president of the TU College of Law Native American Law Student Association, is a staff member of the Tulsa Law Review and is a recipient of the John and Hazel Rogers Memorial Scholarship for Law. His participation in the Native American Congressional Internship will fulfill a requirement toward earning a Certificate in Native American Law.

Tinker said he is looking forward to an internship that offers the opportunity to work on large-scale projects.

“It is an incredible opportunity. It will certainly be a more active internship than many law students get,” he said. “The program encourages Native American students who are interested in supporting native communities to learn about policy making and the legislative process to benefit those communities.”

Jimmy Hart