Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for talented undergraduates to conduct research, explore career opportunities in archives and special collections, and 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 in Philadelphia prepares students for graduate school or a career in education or libraries through mentoring, networking, and hands-on research experience. The APS Library has rich and varied collections related to over 440 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. Three NASI Undergraduate Summer Interns will be part of the intellectual community at the APS that includes Native American fellows and staff.

The 2018 NASI Summer Internship will take place from June 17 to August 11. During this time students will work at the APS Library and will also have the opportunity to travel to Native communities to share their work. 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 also facilitate payment. Additionally, the internship includes a travel allowance.

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. 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 collection in innovative ways. For more information, please visit: https://www.amphilsoc.org/library/CNAIR.

To Apply:

Please submit these materials via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/48129) by Friday March 2, 2018:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference
  • Summary of academic background (250 words)
  • Statement of interest in internship (250 words)
  • Statement of involvement with a Native American community or in ¬†Native American and Indigenous issues (250 words)

Decisions will be announced by March 30, 2018.

Questions about the NASI Internship program should be directed to libfellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3400.