Mellon Museum Internship Program

The goals of the Mellon Museum Internship Program are

  1. to foster diversity among museum professionals by supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds in museum internships, and
  2. to encourage the study of Indigenous arts, histories, and cultures.

To that end, the program offers paid internships at the UVA Museums and $3500 grants for current UVA students in all fields of study. Check below from more specific information about the internships and grants.  


Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal art. Our mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of Australia’s Indigenous people and their art and culture worldwide. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs.

Summer 2019 internships information is available here.


The Fralin Museum of Art

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is dedicated to creating an environment in which the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. The Fralin exhibits American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; and Native American art. The museum’s robust collections of Native American, African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art often receive less attention. With support from the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, The Fralin seeks to encourage more research and exhibition of these collections.

Summer 2019 internship information is available here


$3500 Museum Diversity Grants

The grant program seeks to increase diversity among museum professionals by providing internship support to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum-related fields. The program offers $3500 grants to offset the cost of living or travel associated with unpaid and underpaid museum internships. The grant program supports museum-related internships, including but not limited to: art, history, or science museums/collections; historic, architectural, or archaeological sites; libraries or archives; conservation internships and more. Internships must be full-time (approximately 30-40 hours per week/300 hours over the summer). Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year UVA students from all fields of study who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Note: Spring 2019 graduates are ineligible.

Summer 2019 grant information is available here.  

Resources for finding museum internships can be found here


$3500 Indigenous Arts Grants

These grants support current UVA students pursuing internships with a primary focus on Indigenous Arts, including but not limited to arts, archaeology, history, etc. The funds are intended to off set the cost of living or travel for students pursuing unpaid or underpaid internships. The grant program supports museum-related internships, including but not limited to: art, history, or science museums/collections; historic, architectural, or archaeological sites; libraries or archives; conservation internships and more. Internships must be full-time (approximately 30-40 hours per week/300 hours over the summer). Rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year UVA students from any field of study with a demonstrated interest in Indigenous Arts/Studies are welcome to apply. Note: Spring 2019 graduates are ineligible.

Summer 2019 grant information is available here

Resources for finding museum internships can be found here