The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

Applications are currently being accepted for the third Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship will be awarded to a graduate or recent postdoctoral student who has demonstrated a passion for the interpretation of arts and culture in a museum or similar setting. The minimum requirement is the completion of coursework for a master’s degree. Postdoctoral students whose dissertations were accepted within the past two years will also be eligible. Native North American scholars are encouraged to apply.

The selected fellow will be a temporary full-time employee of the Wheelwright Museum with benefits for 23 months starting in January 2019. He or she will have significant responsibilities for the planning and implementation of a major exhibition and will work closely with the museum’s exhibition team. The fellow may have writing responsibilities and will interact closely with a featured artist or community, videographer, interns from regional institutions, volunteers, and other constituents.

The salary range is $38,000 to $42,000 annually, based on level of academic achievement.

The fellow will not be provided time to write a thesis or dissertation, but will have some funding to attend conferences and other professional gatherings.

Applicants must provide a statement explaining their qualifications and their background. The statement must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a substantial writing sample written and edited entirely by the applicant, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications can be sent by mail, FedEx, or other service, or can be scanned and emailed. Complete mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 16, 2018; emailed applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018. Mailed applications should be addressed to:

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
P.O. Box 5153
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Emailed applications should be sent to:


The Ludwig and Nancy Sternberger Charitable Foundation, the Young Boozer Family Foundation, and the Norton T. and G. Leonie Batkin Fund are all supporting a new program of internships, which will be available to undergraduate and graduate students. Most interns will assist in the curatorial department with collections management and exhibition development, but some may work in the museum’s public relations office. Most of these opportunities are available only to Native American students.

If you are interested in any of the following internships, please send us a letter of interest and current resume to


Current Opportunities:

Internship 1

Offered exclusively to a Native American college student.  16 hours per week for 10 weeks focused on exhibitions.

Primary responsibilities in the Curatorial department, and possibly with Public Relations department:

  • Assist with the de-installation of our current exhibitions
  • Assist with sorting of loans by lender (there are more than 50 lenders)
  • Assist with packing and shipping
  • Assist with the installation of two new exhibitions (open in early November), includes painting of walls, pedestals,  and moving of artwork, and possible assistance with mount-making
  • Assist with final installation condition reports of artwork for the November exhibitions
  • May assist in Public Relations department with exhibit-related preparation and other duties

The schedule is flexible, but could be approximately between September 17, 2018 to November 23, 2018.


Internship 2

Offered to an undergraduate or graduate student; preferably but not necessarily Native American.  Flexible schedule, up to 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Work closely with curatorial and PR staff to develop a printed gallery guide (substantial responsibility)
  • Work closely in preparation with the featured November opening artist to develop interpretive text
  • Work on other tasks related to our 2019 exhibitions, following the publication of the gallery guide

The schedule is flexible, but could start in September.


Internship 3

Offered exclusively to a Native American college student. Flexible schedule, up to 20 hours per week for 10 weeks.

  • Work closely with the Public Relations Manager
  • Assist with organizing internal stock images and documents for archiving
  • Assist with general editing of organization website
  • Other tasks will be assigned depending on the skill set of candidate

The schedule is flexible, but could start in September.

Archival Outreach Program

The museum is launching the Robert and Willow Powers Archival Outreach Program, which will provide assistance and training in archives and records management for Pueblo Indian communities in northern New Mexico. The museum will work closely with one community each year, funding an intern within and chosen by the community, who will be trained by the museum’s archivist, Willow Powers. Our first partner in this program is Taos Pueblo, where maps and other documents supporting the tribe’s sovereignty will be processed and preserved.

The launch of the Archival Outreach Program is made possible by Willow Powers, the Young Boozer Family Foundation, and the Norton T. and G. Leonie Batkin Fund.