InternshipsFind 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 application period for 2019 internships is now closed.
2019 Internship opportunities:If you would like to see examples of the internships that were available, click on the titles below to view descriptions.
- Cody Firearms Museum Internship
- Firearms Records Internship
- Library Cataloging Internship
- Museum Registration Internship
- Public Relations Digital Media Internship
- Raptor Caretaker & Presenter Internship
- Records Management Internship
- Research, Transcriber, & Data Manager Internship
- Virtual Environment Design Internship
- Whitney Western Art Museum Curatorial Internship
Application deadline was March 1, 2019. Thank you all who applied.The Center’s internship program is 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 ProgramThe 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 InformationInternships are full-time positions that are usually ten (10) weeks in length. Interns are paid $12.50 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.
EligibilityQualified upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students who are enrolled in colleges and universities are eligible to apply. We also select recent graduates who are actively obtaining work experience.
Students interested in summer internships must submit the online application form during the formal application period (generally December through February), including an uploaded cover letter, résumé, and a current/recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). We ask that ALL MATERIALS be submitted together in one application form. The next step in the selection process for finalists will be a phone or Skype interview. References will be requested of finalists.
Candidates may apply for one or two internships. Each internship requires a separate application form, but not duplicates of other documents.
Wages and Housing
For funded positions, interns receive a wage of $12.50 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 Director Terry Harley, or call her at 307-578-4089.