Employment \\ Native American Fellowship Program

Summer Fellowship

The 2018 Summer Fellowship application period is now closed. Send an email to nafellowship@pem.org to join our recruitment list.

Important 2018 Program Dates

Summer Fellowships

Application due Friday, January 12
Application review and interviewing January 16-February 28
Notification of application results March 1-9
Online orientation Select dates in May
Fellows arrive Sunday, June 3
End of program Friday, August 11

I was welcomed as a team member, not just somebody spending 10 weeks here.
- Gena Peone (Spokane/Colville), Summer Fellow 2017


Make Connections

Once Fellows are selected and matched to available projects and mentor-supervisors at PEM, a one-week online orientation prior to their arrival in Salem connects them to program staff, their PEM department supervisors, and to one another.

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Foster New Skills

Once in Salem, Fellows work full-time in a capacity that matches participants' interests to available projects across the many departments at PEM. Previous Fellows have worked in Curatorial, Development, Integrated Media, Finance, Public Relations/Marketing, Collection Management, Exhibition Research/Publishing, and Education.

It's a tremendous opportunity… to learn from a great team of people and engage in important projects.
- Alex Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow (Anishinaabe/Kanien’keha:ka), Summer Fellow 2015
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Reclaim Space

Weekly intensive workshops with innovative professionals, supplemental off-site field trips, and other scheduled museum events give Fellows a place to be inspired, seek insights, and add their voices to the professional conversation.

PEM enabled me to have a space where I could have my voice heard and be respected..
- Meranda Roberts (Paiute), Summer Fellow 2016
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Receive Mentorship Support

Great conversations and long-lasting relationships only occur in supportive environments. We provide Fellows ongoing support and training before, during, and after the experience through initial orientations, regular communication, goal setting consultations, and mentor-style check-ins.

In addition, summer Fellows receive a stipend, housing, and travel expenses to/from Salem. Interested Fellows can request academic credit through their respective institutions.


[PEM's] a top place to learn and cultivate your careers … you will not be alone.
- Elayne Silversmith (Diné), Summer Fellow 2011
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Unlock Potential

At the end of their time in Salem, Fellows convey confidence in their capacity for renewed focus, direction, and innovation, and express passion in their ability to contribute within the museum community.

My confidence started showing when I was able to contribute my ideas … they gave me a place to let my creativity come out.
- Courtney Little Axe (Northern Cheyenne/Absentee Shawnee), Summer Fellow 2017


NATIVE AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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