The Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship (NAUMF) Program will expose undergraduates to the museum field by participating in a 10-week paid program: 3 weeks of seminar/workshops and 7 weeks in an internship program designed to engage and expose undergraduates to the professional opportunities within the museum, cultural resource, public history, and tribal historic preservation fields. Fellows will learn about various career paths and academic requirements for working in these types of organizations, both on and off reservations, as well as particular challenges faced by American Indian Communities related to preserving tribal history and challenging the traditional historical narratives of Native people.
The first three weeks of the program will be an in-depth seminar that will focus on the function of museums and the roles and responsibilities of several departments. Through a mix of readings, discussions, exhibit analysis, and guest speakers, fellows have a better understanding of the day to day workings and the values and practices that inform public history, museum and tribal historic preservation institutions. Participants will be placed within the Minnesota Historical Society for the duration of the fellowship where they will have a hands on internship experience.