Holiday Hours: APS offices, Library, and Museum are closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. The Museum exhibition is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27. 

Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Summer Undergraduate Internships

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for three talented undergraduates to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum in Philadelphia will offer a hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. The APS Library has rich and varied collections related to over 650 different Indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Working with mentors, interns will develop their own archives-based projects or pursue research projects identified by the Indigenous communities with which the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) interacts and collaborates.

The 2022 NASI Summer Internship will take place from June to August 2022. During this time students will work at the APS's Library & Museum and will join a vibrant intellectual community at the APS that includes other scholars working with Native American and Indigenous materials as well as undergraduate summer interns and library fellows from different scholarly fields.

Interns will receive a stipend ranging between $3000 and $3500 (depending on housing costs). Several college campuses in Philadelphia offer summer housing for interns; the APS will work with NASI interns to identify housing and will help facilitate payment. Additionally, the internship includes a travel allowance.

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) is funded by a grant from Mellon Foundation. NASI supports research in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields by undergraduates, Native American scholars, Tribal College faculty members, and researchers who work closely with archives and Native communities.

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at the American Philosophical Society Library focuses on helping Indigenous communities and scholars to discover and utilize the APS collections in innovative ways. For more information, please visit https://www.amphilsoc.org/library/CNAIR

Applicants will submit:

  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • two letters of reference
  • a single document containing three short essays addressing each of the following topics (250 words each):
    • 1) summary of academic background;
    • 2) a statement of interest in the internship;
    • 3) a statement of involvement with a Native American community or Native American and Indigenous issues

Deadline: March 20, 2022.