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Read About Past Preservation Scholars Interns

Haian Abdirahman graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a degree in English and Public History.  He is currently attending The University of Texas at Austin completing a dual Masters of Public Affairs and Information Studies in Cultural Policy, Archives and Records Enterprises. Haian also worked on a year-long policy research project titled "City of Austin Challenges,"  part of the cultural policy team researching live music preservation in Austin, and worked with Texas Folklife Resources in Austin as an Archive Processing Intern.  Previously Haian served as Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress in the Manuscript Division. He recently received the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellowship (2015-2017), UT Austin McNair Diversity Recruitment Fellowship (2015-2016), and the iSchool Phillip Tocker Endowed Presidential Fellowship (2015-2016), as well as many others.  He is part of the UT iSchool Cultural Heritage and Information Preservation Society and the LBJ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Haian worked with the History Programs division this summer on a Youth Education project.


Victor Hurtado is currently a Bachelor of Arts student in Art History with a minor in Legal Reasoning from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been on the Dean’s List since 2013 and the Liberal Arts Honors Program since 2014. He has received the Texas Public Educational Grant since 2013 as well as the TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant since 2013. While in El Paso, Victor served as an Undergraduate Assistant and Peer Leader, and was actively affiliated with the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Art History Association, and created a research video project with members of the El Paso community about Historic preservation developments in downtown El Paso since 2012.

Victor worked with both the Division of Architecture on their Mitigation and Digitization project and the Community Heritage Development Division on a Main Street project this summer.


Read Lara Fields' interview about her 2015 internship in the THC's Medallion Newsletter, page 12