Find your true West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West with a summer internship! A student internship with us offers specialized learning experiences in a museum setting, with options in many areas including conservation, education, graphic design, registration, art, and more.

The Center of the West encourages internship applications for the period from May through August 2014.

At this time, we have one remaining internship open for summer 2014:

Paid Internship with Draper Museum Raptor Experience

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has one paid internship available with the Draper Museum Raptor Experience for summer 2014. The primary responsibilities of this intern is to assist with the care and handling of live raptors, and present public programs with live raptors. Requirements include: enrollment in  an accredited college or university curriculum; must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours (including no less than 8 in zoology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, or related courses) with an accumulated GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale); physical ability to support up to a 12-pound bird on one arm; ability to lift and carry 30 pounds; aptitude for handling potentially dangerous live animals as evidenced by recommendation and/or interview with supervisor; genuine interest in engaging the public with science and nature.

Click here to review the full job description for complete information

To apply, or for further information, send letter of interest and resume, including contact information for three references, via e-mail to Dr. Charles Preston.

Purpose of Internship Program

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.

Internship Information

Internships are full-time positions that are usually ten (10) weeks in length. Interns are paid $10 per hour for forty hours per week.

Our Conservation Department also offers learning opportunities through our Conservation Residency program. Visit this page or e-mail Beverly Perkins for more information.


Qualified upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students who are enrolled in colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

Application Procedures

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.

Internship Application (PDF)

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.

More Information

For more information on internships, e-mail Human Resources Manager Chris Searles, or call her at 307-578-4089.