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The Euna Pittman Graduate Fellowship Program
Be a part of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ inaugural fellowship program. The first of its kind, the Euna Pittman Graduate Fellowship will provide you access to leaders in the field of museum work. Join us, and participate in the world’s biggest and best learning opportunities.
- Receive one-on-one guidance from a highly skilled mentor.
- Be a part of a team that “makes things happen.”
- Complete practical, real-world project work.
1. How do I apply for a fellowship?
Complete the online application form, and send your essays to the email address provided. Be sure to follow up with your references to ensure they have emailed a letter of recommendation. Once the form is completed you will receive a confirmation email from the museum. A subsequent email will be sent once we have received all the necessary materials to process your application. Supplemental emails will update you on your application status.
2. Who is eligible for a fellowship?
There are a variety of internship opportunities available for undergraduates, graduates, who are enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution and recent graduates. Fellowship opportunities are open to graduate students or very high achieving seniors.
3. How long does the fellowship last?
Fellows will participate in the program approximately 15 hours per week from Aug. 1–May 31. Student breaks (fall, winter, spring) will follow the student’s University’s academic calendar.
4. Is the fellowship paid or unpaid?
Fellows will be paid a stipend which will be divided into three separate payments. The payment schedule is as follows: mid-August, mid-December, and upon completion of the fellowship.
5. What is the difference between an internship and fellowship?
Internships are unpaid experiential learning opportunities open to all college students. A fellowship is a special paid learning opportunity that is open to only graduate students or very high achieving seniors.
6. What qualities do you look for in a fellow?
Fellows should be able to demonstrate experience and/or subject matter expertise in the area of the fellowship; showcase strong performance in academic coursework; provide favorable recommendations from professors, past employers and/or supervisors; and exhibit interest in pursuing a career in the museum/arts and culture field, education, community development, or other areas of non-profit management.
7. When should I apply and what is the application process like?
The deadline to apply for a fellowship is May 15.
Qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange for an interview (in-person, telephone or Skype), depending on where student is located. Once a final selection amongst candidates is determined, a Limited Criminal History background check will be processed and, the offer is contingent upon clearance of the background check.
8. What is the interview process like?
Always be prepared for an interview–know who we are, who you are, and what you can offer the museum. It usually takes about 60 minutes for an interview that includes 2-3 staff members.
9. What is the acceptance process like?
Once a formal offer has been made, the museum usually allows time for the student to decide whether he/she will accept or decline the offer. If the student accepts, a start date is determined between the Intern Program Manager and the student.
10. Why do I need to complete a background check before I’m eligible for an fellowship?
A background check is needed by all staff, volunteers, and interns who are 18 years and older to protect the safety of our littlest visitors--the children.
11. Why do I need to send supplemental items--can I just link you to my webpage?
Please do not send a link to your online portfolio or personal website. Items sent in this manner will not be reviewed. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be forwarded for further consideration.
12. What will I do on my first day as a fellow?
The museum offers a three day on-boarding process to all staff, volunteers, and interns. Fellows will participate in all three days of activities. On Day One (first day at the Museum) fellows will complete the necessary paperwork, tour behind the scenes of the museum and be oriented to some of the museum’s safety procedures. Fellows will have their badge pictures taken and be introduced to the museum’s computing systems. Comfortable shoes are recommended for this day.
13. Will I work with children?
The opportunity to work directly with children is dependent on the placement and the nature of the duties assigned to the fellow. Most of our fellowships are “behind-the-scenes” and have minimal direct contact with children. However, all staff, volunteers and interns are trained to interact appropriately with all of our visitors irrespective of their placement.
14. If I become a fellow, will it lead to a job with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis?
Gaining professional experience is the primary focus of our fellowship program. On rare occasions, interns have been offered full or part-time positions at the museum--but more times than not, internships/fellowships do not lead to employment with the museum.