Positions are posted here when available.
Additionally, non-professional positions are posted on standard job boards, and professional positions are posted to the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums job board, and other relevant job boards.
Internships at the Museums of Western Colorado provide opportunities to become familiar with and actively contribute to the inner workings of an accredited museum. They offer a challenging learning experience, and an excellent way to explore museum careers. Students gain valuable experience, and may be able to earn educational credits through their college or university.
College students, recent graduates, graduate students, and nontraditional students are encouraged to apply. Although it is not generally required that interns have a history or paleontology major, museum departments may individualize their requirements. Eligibility varies for each internship term.
Please contact us with any questions. Please send the following:
- Cover letter, including your posting preference(s). If you are open to any available internships, please make note of that as well, as it will provide more opportunities for you.
- Up-to-date résumé.
- Names and contact information for at least three references, preferably people who’ve known you in a professional capacity.
- Transcript of undergraduate or graduate records. Official or unofficial transcripts are accepted. Applicants must have a 2.8 average on a 4.0 scale.
You must include all the above items. If any are missing, you will not be considered for that internship.
Fall 2021 Internship Opportunities
Education Internship: Work on the museum’s Teaching Trunks program. Create new educational content for use in classrooms throughout Western Colorado. This internship opportunity is well-suited for individuals pursuing a career in museum education, and those with a background in history or education. Minimum time commitment is 7 hours per week – most will need to be on site at the Museum of the West (downtown Grand Junction).
CHRAB Archive and Manuscripts Collections Internship: The CHRAB Archive and Manuscripts Collections Intern reports to the Collections Manager and is responsible for executing tasks in accordance with CHRAB Grant standards and planning. These tasks include processing of archival collections, scanning documents and photos, data correction and clean up, data input into collections database, as well as other duties as assigned by grant schedule. All tasks shall be performed onsite. The Fall CHRAB internship has been filled, but the Spring CHRAB internship will open for applications soon.
Unpaid interns and research assistants will be accepted throughout the year on a rolling application schedule. Applications need to be received at least a month before the proposed start date.
Please note that materials submitted in your application packet will not be returned.
The number and frequency of internships available varies. A department may be unable to offer an internship for a particular semester, for varying reasons, even after an opening has been posted. You will be notified if your chosen department is not able to offer an internship.
Note that before beginning, each intern will need to pass a criminal background check.
Interns must be available to work a minimum of 7 hours per week with flexible schedules. Refer to the individual descriptions for hourly commitments.
Some colleges give credit for internships. Students are responsible for arranging with their schools to receive credit. Internships are unpaid. Select internships for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are available as paid opportunities; please see specific internship descriptions.
In addition to getting in-depth exposure to the museum, MWC Internships also offer:
- Free admission to the museum
- A free membership to the Museums of Western Colorado
- Access to events and exhibitions at the museum
- Discounts for the museum’s shops
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship, fellowship, or research assistantship without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. MWC offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.