Employment \\ Native American Fellowship Program

Summer Fellowship

Our application period is closed.

Email nafellowship@pem.org to be added to our recruitment list.

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, two online orientations prior to their arrival in Salem, and intensive first-week onboarding once they arrive, connects them to program staff, their PEM department supervisors, and to one another.

Foster New Skills

Our thoughtful selection process allows us to consider how available projects in PEM departments can best enhance participants’ experiences by leveraging existing talents while nurturing new skills. Previous Fellows have worked in Curatorial, Development, Integrated Media, Public Relations/Marketing, Collection Management, Exhibition Research/Publishing, and Education.

2012 Summer Fellows in workshop with Josh Basseches, PEM Deputy Director.

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
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.

Kevin Brown (Navajo, 2014 NAF) shares his point of view with PEM staff.

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

(l to r) Alex Nahwegahbow (Anishinaabe/Kanien'kehá:ka, 2014 NAF), Karen Kramer, NAF Program Director & Curator or Native American and Oceanic Art, Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu (Navajo, 2014 NAF).

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
Unlock Potential

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

Kaylene Big Knife (Chippewa Cree, 2017 NAF) and her supervisor Jim Olsen, Director of Integrated Media

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


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