The Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers summer internships providing specialized learning experiences in a museum setting, with options in conservation, education, public relations, and much more.
The application period for 2013 paid internships has closed. We do consider candidates for volunteer internships year round.
The Center’s summer internship program provides opportunities for students who want to gain practical museum experience, and to assist students in the development of new or expanded applications for their academic and professional interests.
The internship program offers students hands-on involvement with the museum profession in a manner that cannot be duplicated in the classroom or through textbooks. These experiences may result in graduate theses and dissertations, and assist students in defining their career goals. Interns become aware of the professional practices and ethics of a workplace environment.
- Accounting / Visitor Services
- Conservation: Paper
- Conservation: ‘The Scout’
- Conservation: Sculpture
- Conservation: Analysis of Peace Medals
- Dime Novels Archival Intern
- Firearms Records
- Native American Indian Photograph Collections Intern
- Photographic Objects Archival
- Public Relations
- William F. Cody Archival Intern
Internships are full-time positions that are usually 10 weeks in length. Interns are paid $10 per hour for forty hours per week.
Qualified upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students who are enrolled in colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
Students interested in summer internships must submit the application form, cover letter, résumé, three (3) letters of reference, and a current transcript. Applicants may be requested to submit a proposal and/or to participate in an interview.
Wages and Housing
For funded positions, interns receive a wage of $10 per hour, based on a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.
Housing is the responsibility of the intern. The Center can give you a few suggestions based on where interns found housing the previous year. However, please note that most housing options involve sharing space with others—such as in a dormitory or a rented room. Few interns find their own furnished apartment unless the intern has a very large budget. Most interns have been able to locate housing at rental rates of $400 – $800 per month, depending on the type of accommodations desired.
For more information on internships, e-mail Human Resources Manager Chris Searles, or call her at 307.578.4089.