Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Summer Undergraduate Internships

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for three 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’s Library & Museum in Philadelphia will offer hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. 

The APS’s Library & Museum 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 2024 NASI Summer Internship will take place from June 10 to August 2, 2024, with a break for the week of July 4th. During this time students will work at the APS’s Library & Museum and will also have the opportunity to share their work with a variety of audiences. NASI Summer Interns 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 of $3000, as well as travel support to and from Philadelphia at the beginning and end of the internship and to return home during the July 4th holiday break. The APS will secure and cover the costs of housing in Philadelphia.

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) is funded by a grant from The 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 & Museum focuses on helping Indigenous communities and scholars to discover and utilize the APS collections in innovative ways. For more information, please visit


  • This fellowship is open applicants from anywhere in the world, including those who are not US citizens or residents, but it does not provide visa sponsorship
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have sustained personal engagement or experience with Indigenous communities


  • 8-week residential internship
  • $3,000 stipend
  • Travel and accommodations covered 

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. A summary of academic background;
    • 2. A statement of interest in the internship;
    • 3. A statement describing their membership in or engagement with an Indigenous community or communities. 

Deadline: February 28, 2024

Current and Past Recipients


Mara Gutierrez, Yale University

Kiwenke Hubbard, Washburn University

Keyen Singer, University of Oregon


Katherine McGhee, University of Texas at Austin

Alexis Scalese, Amherst College

Gunnar Barnes, University of New Mexico


Dynette Chavez, Whittier College

Nancy Mendoza-Ruiz, University of Washington

Tieranny Keahna, Coe College


William Cummins, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jasmine Gloria, Tulane University

Liandra Skenandore, Northland College


Ashton Dunkley, Temple University

Mowana Lomaomvaya, Northern Arizona University

Ian McAlpin, Northeastern State University