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.
2016 Internship Opportunities
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West announces the following internships for the 2016 summer season. Click each title for the full internship job description.
The deadline to apply for 2016 has passed. To view internship descriptions to get an idea of what may be available in the future, see below:
- Archival Collections Processing Intern
- Cody Firearms Museum Intern
- Collections Management Intern
- Conservation Intern
- Conservation Intern—Ichthyosaurus Project
- Draper Museum Raptor Experience Intern
- Draper Museum—East Yellowstone Raptor Initiative Intern
- Education Tour Guide and Special Programs Intern
- Firearms Records Intern
- Graphics Intern
- Library Collection Management Intern
- Photographic Objects Archival Intern
- Plains Indian Museum Intern
- Public Relations—Digital Media Intern
- Records Management Intern
- Registration Intern
- Whitney Museum Curatorial
In 2016, the Center’s internship program was funded in part by a grant from the Tucker Foundation through the S.K. Johnston, Jr. Family Fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. We thank them for their support!
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.
Internships are full-time positions that are usually ten (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.