This page will be periodically updated with outside internship opportunities. Students may still earn internship credit for external internships by enrolling in HIST 4930

 Berthoud Historical Society: Collections Internship (Apply By: 4/15/23)

 BHS is looking for 1 college student to intern with the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum. Internships at BHS are meant for a student to take ownership of a project from start to finish, develop new skills, and learn more about what a career in museums could look like.

Internship Title: Collections Internship

Internship Location: Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum

Stipend/Hourly Rate: Unpaid internship. Qualified candidates may receive academic credit

through their college or university.

Apply By: 4/15/23

Send application to: Lindsay A. Nilles, Museums Director, Berthoud Historical Society,

References: This position will require one professional academic reference from an advisor or

professor and one additional reference from someone who has supervised you in the past or

present (working or academic).

Desired Schedule: 10-15 hours/week (minimum of 150 hours total) End of May to Mid August.

This intern will be asked to work in person Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Background: BHS was established in February 1977, when Dr. R.B. Fickel and Dr. Helen McCarty

Fickel invited interested persons to meet for the purpose of forming a local historical society.

Drs. Bruce and Helen McCarty Fickel were instrumental in securing the historic A.G. Bimson

blacksmith shop which now serves as the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum. We are a

small but active community-based museum.

Scope of Position: This internship will suit those interested in pursuing a career in museum

collections management and museum administration. The intern will be assigned primarily to

help with accessioning incoming and existing artifacts.


- Primary Project: Assist with the digitization and organization of our Turner Collection

- Processing artifact donations in line with the BHS collection policy

- Assist with community inquiries

- Utilize existing social media framework to promote artifacts within the collection

- Assist with Accessioning artifacts in the collection

- Weekly 1-on-1 with the director to ensure that sufficient progress is made on the project

- The intern will be expected to engage the local community, support and educate

patrons, and provide an evaluation at the end of the project

Desired Skills & Academic Field of Study:

- Required: 6 credit hours of experience in Museum Studies or a similar field

- Understanding of collections management processes

- Bachelor/Masters Student in Museum Studies, American History, and/or


- Experience on the PastPerfect platform, desired

- Photography of artifacts

- Scanning of paper archives

- Artifact documentation and organization

Historic Landscape Design & Education Internship​

This intern will assist in finalizing the landscape design for our historic
Leadville site by adding details to return the gardens to a premier visitor and education destination
in Leadville. Gain hands-on experience creating a multipurpose educational garden that will
greatly influence the use of the museum property in the town of Leadville, inspire garden tourists
to visit, and motivate thousands of visitors to install similar plants at home. The intern will help
promote home vegetable cultivation by teaching the local community about gardening techniques
and guiding them throughout the season via onsite education. During the internship, the intern
● Research “eye-popping” alpine plants
● Add to the landscape plan common and Latin names of outstanding companion plants that
go together well in the various beds in the different micro climate zones around the
● Review the coldest and warmest areas on the property and help finish the design
accordingly in conjunction with the director's wishes to ensure that the property will be
functional as well as beautiful.
● Research and help design high raised kitchen garden beds with covers that are handicapped
● Help to source seeds, plants, and materials.
● Help sow seeds in the greenhouse
● Working with the director, create a summer garden lecture series to inspire and teach locals
how to create similar beds at home.
Additionally, the intern will work with the Director to create interpretive signage that identifies the
plants and their use or connection to the house museum and region. If time permits, the intern can
work with the staff to host an outdoor workshop to teach high altitude garden related skills to the
local community.
Outcomes: This internship will give the intern the opportunity to help create the highest formal
Victorian garden in the US, an important historical education and destination garden from the
ground up that will garner a lot of attention in the state. Additionally, they will gain experience in
community relations.

Internship Location: Healy House & Dexter Cabin, Leadville, CO

Stipend: $2,000. The stipend is not salary or compensation. The stipend is meant to support study
and research during the tenure of the appointment. Qualified candidates may receive academic
credit through their college or university.
Apply by: Open until filled
Desired Schedule: 300 hours total Spring and or Summer 2023 (schedule TBD by intern and

History Colorado is committed to anti-racism practices across its institution and outlined in these
grounding virtues. As such, we encourage members of Black, Indigenous, People of Color
(BIPOC) LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities communities to apply for this internship.

Desired Skills & Academic Field of Study: This intern must be in their final years of horticultural
studies and have a good understanding of how to create a detailed landscape plan and know how to
create beautiful, showy, eye-popping gardens that evolve over the summer season and yet still have
four-season interest at an altitude of 10,152 feet.

To Apply for this Position: Submit a resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendations, and
your answer to the question below to Emily Dobish, Director of Volunteer Engagement,

History Colorado is committed to advancing the work of anti-racism, and our staff have developed
guiding virtues to inform that work. How would you contribute to these virtues in your position at
History Colorado?

Please go to the link below to see the virtues:

Vaccine Verification & Safety Procedures:
All interns who do their service on site (at any of our History Colorado locations) are required to
send verification of vaccination (no vaccination records will be shared with anyone outside of the
HR staff and records will be kept securely in the HR office). Verification will be a part of the
onboarding process.
**A condition of employment is the successful completion of a background check.

Student Conservation Association @ Ft. Laramie National Historic Site

Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains before its abandonment in 1890. This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.

Curatorial Aid (PO-00734323)

This position will serve within Fort Laramie National Historic Site's Cultural Resources division. The primary responsibility of this position relates to the care, maintenance, and preservation of the park's museum object, library and archives collections,  supporting records, and storage exhibits areas. This position will be performing housekeeping and preventative maintenance on museum objects and historic structures. This includes the development and utilization of museum handling and cleaning techniques. Learning basic museum environmental monitoring tasks such as checking pest traps, recording light levels, and recording temperature and humidity. Under supervision and with fellow museum staff make storage and housing containers to support museum objects, label storage units, move objects, line shelves and drawers, rehouse paper in archival folders, and install dust covers. Aid in completion of Annual Inventory reports, including library records, and enter catalog data into Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) database using established National Park Service (NPS) procedures.   

Compensation amounts:
– $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
– $250 – weekly living allowance
– $40- weekly commuting allowance (Combined w/ Living Allowance)
– $800 – monthly housing allowance (5 months of housing)
– AmeriCorps eligible ($2,474 education award)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Please note, this position's start date is dependent on a fully executed agreement coming in prior to the start date. 

For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to

Position ID: PO-00734323

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - October 8, 2023

965 Gray Rocks Road
Fort Laramie, WY 82212

Training Provided: Hands on training in the practice and method of National Park Service(NPS) Museum Collection Management, include Interior Collection Management Software (ICMS),IPM/environmental monitoring practices & object rehousing. CPR/First Aid

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Curatorial training in a historic resource setting. State Parks and reservoirs are close by and include camping, hiking and fishing opportunities.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Position is located in rural south east Wyoming. access to recreation, and necessities is only accessible through vehicle transportation.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes


Visitor Services and Interpretation Intern (PO-00734324)

Help tell a more inclusive story of the American past at Fort Laramie on the Oregon Trail. Explore the transformation of the American West with us through commerce, emigration, conflict, and negotiation.

This summer internship is a vital member of the Interpretation and Visitor Services team at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. It is tailored for those exploring careers within the field of public lands and history education and interpretation. Park staff will provide formal and informal training and mentorship to you throughout the summer.

If you choose Fort Laramie, you will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge of American history from pre-history until the early 20th century and discover the High Plains environment of the North Platte Valley. You will also have a chance to grow as a public speaker, educator, and communicator by providing visitor services, answering questions, guiding informal tours of natural and historic areas, and giving brief talks. 

Visitor services duties (20%) encompass a wide range of services. You will be responsible for providing clear, current, and accurate information about Fort Laramie and the surrounding area. This information can include weather conditions, highway routes (particularly to the Black Hills and Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons), and orienting the public to opportunities to make connections with the past and environment of the fort.

Answering visitor questions (20%) can include highly repetitious informational and orientation questions about basic site facts. But they can be also a moment for you to engage visitors with informal interpretation of the human and natural stories of Fort Laramie and the surrounding area.

You will also have a chance to guide (20%) small groups visitors on brief tours of specific natural and historical stations. During the day, you may be stationed at a point of interest such as a historic building, a natural site, or a living history demonstration area. Living history demonstrations range from routine 19th century skills such as cooking or caring for natural fiber equipment to participating in historic weapons programs under the supervision of the park historic weapons supervisor.

There will also be ample opportunity to give talks (20%) on topics related to Fort Laramie's importance in American history or notable natural stories of the area. Talks will be based on pre-approved interpretive outlines, but you will also have the opportunity to research and develop your own. Previous team members have told important stories of the Mormon Exodus, treaty making with Indigenous peoples, the role of bison and other megafauna on the Great Plains, and frontier soldier life.

This internship will also have various minor duties (20%) supporting operations including driving park vehicles during events, assisting Fort Laramie Historical Association staff in keeping the visitor center tidy, providing emergency first aid, and more.

In addition to training and experience working in interpretation and education, you will have the chance to shadow other National Park Service jobs and get some hands-on experience in a variety of public lands career fields. Examples include aiding the curatorial staff with preservation, cataloging, and storage of historic items associated with the site, supporting facilities staff stabilizing and restoring historic buildings, and assisting with summer education and distance-learning programs conducted by permanent site staff.

If selected, you will work an approximately 12-week season (mid-May through mid-August) with 40 hours scheduled per week.

Fort Laramie is in a rural area with limited nearby services. The nearest grocery store is in Guernsey (15 miles) but Torrington and Wheatland (20 miles) offer a wider range of amenities. Many area residents make regular trips to Scottsbluff, NE (60 miles) or Cheyenne (80 miles) for specialized services including flights and medical care. Internet service and cell service is available in the area.

Compensation amounts:
– $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
– $250 – weekly living allowance
– $40 – weekly commuting allowance (Combined with weekly living allowance)
– $800 – monthly housing allowance (3 months of housing)
– AmeriCorps eligible ($1,718 education award)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to

Position ID: PO-00734324

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - August 13, 2023

965 Gray Rocks Road
Fort Laramie, WY 82212

Training Provided: CPR/First Aid Formal and on-the-job training in interpretation and customer service. Training in living history programming and interpretation. Research and study culture and natural history topics.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Nearby recreation includes hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing within the local commuting area. Educational opportunities include attending ranger programs and special events at multiple area parks and recreation areas.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Position is located in rural southeast Wyoming. Access to amenities is extremely difficult without a personal vehicle due to the high speed limit on US 26 and sometimes extreme summer weather.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes



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