CFD Old West Museum Summer Intern Opportunities


The Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum, located in Cheyenne Wyoming, hosts a variety of youth and community arts and educational programs throughout the summer. These venues are a premier public arena in which participating students can experience hands-on work and learn the inside and out of education, marketing, collections, exhibits and arts programming opportunities in the museum and non-profit field.

Internships span an 8 week period that can be accommodated May thru August. Housing is not included. The stipend for the internship is $2500.


Exhibits Internship: The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum has a freshly redesigned and ever-progressing 6-gallery interactive story experience. The Exhibits Division creates opportunities for diverse audiences to engage in the rich history of both the city’s and the events past. The Museum seeks continual development toward more engaging and immersive experiences. To assist in our development, the Exhibits intern will become familiar with many aspects of research, planning, design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance that go into museum storytelling.  The intern will be expected to participate in fast-paced, ever-changing environments that range from shop-based construction to digital design to collections care and historical research. The intern will work closely with both the Curator of Exhibits and Curator of Collections, but will report directly to the former. A working journal of the experience will be maintained throughout the experience and submitted to the Curator of Exhibits at the close of the internship. Candidates should possess a strong interest in history and heritage, quality writing skills, and a working knowledge of both graphic design software and basic carpentry. In addition, focus, imagination, ingenuity, and a good sense of humor with regard to problem solving are all a must.


Collections Internship – The Collections intern will become familiar with all phases of collections registration, research, cataloging, storage and care.  The Collections intern will also be directly involved with retrieving artifacts from storage, making appropriate condition reports and the installation of the items within upcoming exhibitions.  The Collections intern will also scan, process and file the museum’s photographic collection.  The intern will work directly with the Curator of Collections to develop an understanding of proper museum artifact handling procedures for a collection of nearly 70,000 artifacts.  The intern will be expected to attend and contribute to weekly exhibit development meetings as well as participate in museum operations during Cheyenne Frontier Days.  The Collections Intern will be required to read An Introduction to Museum Work and keep a journal documenting their learning experiences.


Arts and Education Internship: The educational goal for our summer arts and education intern will be to understand and execute how to set up a summer camp, co-coordinate two weeklong summer camps, assist with educational outreach during Cheyenne Frontier Days, manage summer youth tours, work with Museum docents on guided tour development, children’s gallery updates and Museum wide interactives. Students will aid in the design of curriculum workbooks for each camp which give a brief history of the art form, technique, craft or tradition the camp attendees will be participating in each day. This internship will also include exposure to hands-on set up of a nationally known art show. This experience is geared to be a hands-on education experience to expose an intern to various levels of management, program development and educational outreach in a non-profit environment. In addition the intern will gain basic knowledge of art shows which is applicable in schools, galleries and non-profit and community events. The intern will be required to keep a journal documenting their learning experiences.


Marketing Internship:  The Marketing intern will provide the intern with direct participation in the marketing and promotion of Museum programs, events and exhibits. The Museum markets several major events during the planned internship time period including; the CFD Western Art Show, three week-long summer camps for kids and a retrospective exhibit on a featured Western Artist. In addition the Museum publishes a summer edition of our quarterly magazine, Stageline, for our over 500 members. This quarterly publication highlights new acquisitions to the Museum’s collection, a write-up on a historic carriage in the collection, stories on the legendary Hall of Fame inductees, a snapshot of current or upcoming exhibits and other happenings around the Museum. The intern will assist the marketing director in the production of Stageline. The intern will learn to plan and execute events, layout and design of posters, postcards and gallery signage including sponsor recognition panels. The intern will also be extensively involved with the updating of our website. The intern will be required to keep a journal documenting their learning experiences. 


Email letter of interest and resume of applicable experience and/or coursework to Amiee Reese, Executive Director, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum at No phone calls please.