Mellon Museum Internship Program

The Mellon Museum Internship Program seeks to encourage study in the Indigenous arts and to increase access to curatorial experience for students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum careers. We offer:

$3500 Museum Internship Grants for Underrepresented Students

$3500 Indigenous Arts Grants

Paid Summer Internships at UVA Museums

ELIGIBILITY

  • UVA Undergraduate students from all fields of study.
  • Rising second, third, and fourth year students. (Students graduating in Spring 2018 are ineligible, however, students graduating in Dec. 2018 are eligible.)
  • More specific eligibility requirements apply to some grants and internships. See details below.

APPLY Follow the application instructions for the online application process.

DEADLINE All application materials are due March 2, 2018

CONTACT If you experience problems with the application, contact Amanda Wagstaff, aw2pz@virginia.edu.


$3500 Museum Internship Grants for Underrepresented Students

These grants support students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in museum careers.

ELIGIBILITY In addition to the eligibility requirements stated above, applicants must be students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities.

INTERNSHIPS Grants are only available to students pursuing UNPAID internships at museums, historic sites, or archives. Internship must be 30-40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks.


$3500 Indigenous Arts Grants

These grants support undergraduate students doing internships related to Indigenous arts. 

ELIGIBILITY In addition to the eligibility requirements stated above, applicants must be students with a specific interest in Indigenous arts.

INTERNSHIPS Grants are only available to students pursuing UNPAID internships. Internship must be 30-40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks. Internship MUST focus primarily on Indigenous arts and/or culture.


UVA Museum Internships

The Mellon Museum Internship Program offers paid internships at The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for underrepresented students and students interested in Indigenous arts. All UVA Museum Interns work 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks. Interns will receive a stipend of $3500.

The Fralin Museum of Art 

INTERNSHIPS Four paid internships are available for UVA students from underrepresented backgrounds and/or students interested in studying Indigenous Arts.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Underrepresented Students - students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals with disabilities.
  • Indigenous Arts - students with a specific interest in working with Indigenous art in The Fralin collections.

Read more about The Fralin Museum of Art internships here

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

INTERNSHIPS Two paid internships in Collections and Education are available for highly motivated undergraduate UVA students, preferably in the field of anthropology, art history, global development studies, or art.

Read more about the Kluge-Ruhe internships here.

NOTE, UVA Museum applicants are required to submit a cover letter to The Fralin or the Kluge-Ruhe in addition to other application components. See application instructions for details.


Internship Opportunities

Looking for internships? Check out our 2018 Internship Directory for museum internship listings, deadlines, and career resources.

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Photos: Top, Paige Taul and Uzo Njoku browse The Fralin Museum of Art's collection during an art handling workshop woth museum staff; Middle, Hannah Hicks creates a condition report for a new painting at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection; Bottom, Judy Lee gives a tour of the Kluge-Ruhe galleries as part of her internship.