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 musuem 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.

Internship descriptions for Summer 2019 will be posted in late Fall 2018.


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.

Internship descriptions for Summer 2019 will be posted in late Fall 2018.

For other Fralin internship opportunities, check the museum's website


$3500 Museum Diversity Grants

These grants support current UVA students from underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing internships at museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, science museums, archaeological sites, etc. The funds are intended to off set the cost of living or travel for students pursuing unpaid or underpaid internships. Eligible internships should be full time or approximately 300 hours over the course of the summer. 

ELIGIBILITY Current UVA students in good academic standing who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. (Fourth Year students are ineligible.)  Students from ALL FIELDS OF STUDY are encouraged to apply.

Information about Summer 2019 internships will be available in Fall 2018. 


$3500 Indigenous Arts/Studies Grants

These grants support current UVA students pursuing internships with a primary focus on Indigenous Studies, 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. Eligible internships should be full time or approximately 300 hours over the course of the summer. 

ELIGIBILITY Current UVA students with a demonstrated interest in Indigenous Studies. (Fourth Year students are ineligible.)  Students from ALL FIELDS OF STUDY are encouraged to apply.

Information about Summer 2019 internships will be available in Fall 2018.