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, public relations, registration, art, human resources, and more.

The period for accepting internship applications for 2015 has closed.

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 Internship 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.