Each year, students from across the country participate in a unique, hands-on, summer long internship. The Buffalo Gap Historic Village offers special opportunities for students of history to deepen their knowledge of the history of the West Texas frontier, as well as learning the standards for preserving museum collections, building exhibits, and planning special events.
During the summer, graduate level interns earning Master’s degrees in the field of Museum Studies experience hands-on curatorial training at the Village. In the past, anywhere from four to seven students immersed themselves in the process of caring for artifacts and building exhibits.
The students choose one of the historic buildings on site to study in-depth: they clean, preserve, and catalog the artifacts. They also become proficient in using the museum database, PastPerfect, a skill valuable to attaining jobs in the museum career field.
They research the history of the building as well as a topic related to the structure, then set out to write text panels, design displays, and build an interactive exhibit.
The students finish their projects by hosting an exhibit opening party. Some students request donations from local grocery stores to cover the cost of food for the opening, while others go on radio shows or television news shows to promote their event.
By the end of the summer, the students have gained knowledge and experience to take a piece of material culture and transform it into an interpretive public exhibit.
Our past interns have come from: McMurry University, Durham University (UK), University of Kansas, Texas State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Lipscomb University, Georgia State University, Texas Tech, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Hardin-Simmons University, and Austin College.
Our interns have the opportunity to live on-site in the Village’s guest house, The Parsonage, and work closely with museum staff on a daily basis.
To apply for the summer internship program at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, email firstname.lastname@example.org your resume, cover letter, and three references. For more information and application deadlines, click the links below.