Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship

Topics Covered | Important Dates | Eligibility | Requirements | Application Process | Selection Process

Due to Covid-19, the NAUMF program in summer 2021 will be a virtual model with a chance of an in-person internship experience at the end of the fellowship. 

The Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship (NAUMF) Program will expose undergraduates to the museum field by participating in a 10-week paid program: 3 weeks of seminar/workshops and 7 weeks in an internship program designed to engage and expose undergraduates to the professional opportunities within the museum, cultural resource, public history, and tribal historic preservation fields. Fellows will learn about various career paths and academic requirements for working in these types of organizations, both on and off reservations, as well as particular challenges faced by American Indian Communities related to preserving tribal history and challenging the traditional historical narratives of Native people.

The first three weeks of the program will be an in-depth seminar that will focus on the function of museums and the roles and responsibilities of several departments. Through a mix of readings, discussions, exhibit analysis, and guest speakers, fellows have a better understanding of the day to day workings and the values and practices that inform public history, museum and tribal historic preservation institutions. Participants will be placed within the Minnesota Historical Society for the duration of the fellowship where they will have a hands on internship experience.

Participants in the program will receive a food and transportation stipend.

Topics covered

  • Collections
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • ​Inclusion & Community Engagement

Important dates

  • Priority Deadline: March 26, 2021
  • All application materials must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 5, 2021
  • Screening, interviewing: April 12-16, 2021
  • Confirmation of selection: April 23, 2021
  • Tentative program run dates: June 4 - August 13, 2021

Eligibility

Native American Undergraduate  Museum Fellowship participants are selected through a competitive application process.  Eligibility is limited to undergraduates who are currently enrolled in a program for Spring 2021 or have graduated within the last year.  Students are not required to be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe; however, the considered applicants must be affiliated with an Indigenous community.

Program requirements

  • We are attempting a hybrid program towards the end of the internship, which will require travel and to reside at St. Paul, Minnesota during a portion of the fellowship. As such, we are requesting flexibility from participants.
  • Attend and participate in all required seminars and discussions.
  • Complete all necessary coursework.
  • Reside in fellowship housing shared with other Fellows. (Due to COVID this might not be possible).
  • Participate in paid internship at MNHS, as well as travel to other historic sites during the duration of the fellowship. (The internship will begin as a virtual internship and travel to historic sites will continue only if we are able to convene in St. Paul).
  • Willingness to be flexible if the NAUMF program has to transfer online due to the coronavirus pandemic

Application process

The following materials must be submitted (mailed, emailed, or dropped off) on or before the posted deadline.

Please submit completed application to: Nazhone WIlkins, Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship Program Specialist, 345 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102.

For questions, contact Nazhone Wilkins at nazhone.wilkins@mnhs.org, or Amber Annis at amber.annis@mnhs.org

Selection process

Applicants applying to the priority deadline will be considered first. Applicants meeting the criteria will be selected for interviews with program staff. Applications will not be accepted into the program until a formal interview is conducted either via phone or virtual meetings. An interview does not guarantee selection into the program. Selection will be based on the information provided in the application form and supporting documentation and through the interview process.

The Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship at the Minnesota Historical Society is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.