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. Our internships are 10 weeks in duration; pay is $12.50 per hour with a $500 housing stipend.
The application deadline for internships was March 1, 2021.
Please note: The Buffalo Bill Center of the West plans to host interns in 2021, however, with the often-changing COVID-19 situation, we cannot guarantee it. Please monitor this page for any updates.
The application deadline has passed. Thank you to all who applied. The descriptions below will give you an idea of the types of internships the Center generally has each year.
- Conservation Pre-Program Internship
- Conservation Program Internship
- Draper Natural History Museum Internship
- Ecommerce Specialist Internship
- Marketing & Audience Research Internship
- PR & Digital Media Internship
- Raptor Caretaker & Presenter Internship
- Whitney Western Art Museum Internship
The application deadline has passed.
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 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 $12.50 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. 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.
Although the Center’s internships include a $500 housing stipend, securing 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.