Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

The THC Diversity Internship

It was wonderful to work in a welcoming environment where staff members were willing to share their immense knowledge and encourage my own development as a historian. This internship was immensely important to my academic and professional development, which made me realize that serving the Texas public is central to my future work after graduate school. I highly appreciate that the Texas Historical Commission values the work of upcoming scholars and encourages the next generation of historians to be involved with the community.                                    

- ToniAnn D. Trevino, 2014 THC Diversity Intern

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) seeks to increase the diversity of professionals working in historic preservation, acknowledge the variety of cultures that enrich Texas’ heritage, and engage a wider range of organizations and communities in supporting efforts to protect and preserve the history of our state. 

The Diversity Internship was created to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The THC recognizes that many such groups are currently underrepresented in the professional fields related to historic preservation. This initiative targets higher education students to encourage their interest in pursuing fields of study in history, preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization and heritage tourism. Students will also learn about the impact that historic preservation programs can have on a community’s economic development.

Program Goals

  • Increase the representation of all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in historic preservation careers
  • Increase the number of historic and cultural resources associated with the state’s diverse cultural history that are identified, documented, preserved and interpreted
  • Increase the number of diverse organizations and communities involved in the historic preservation field and served by public and private preservation programs. 

 

Diversity Interns will complete a rotation amongst all divisions headquartered in Austin and then complete a special project in a division of their choice. Diversity interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for an eight-week internship provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Interns will work under the supervision of the THC, at its headquarters in Austin and/or “in the field” with its historic sites, an associated preservation organization such as a Main Street program, a heritage tourism program, a history museum or a historical association. Brief progress reports will be required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the student’s internship. 

Working with THC staff and programs will expose the interns to the various and exciting vocational opportunities in the field of historic preservation, with the goal of encouraging more students from underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue careers in this field upon graduation. In return, the THC and its partner organizations will have the opportunity to meet promising students who might choose to work in this field.

  • Click here to read about our 2016 interns
  • Read Lara Fields' interview about her 2015 internship in the THC's Medallion newsletter, page 12
  • Click HERE for a printable flyer to post in your school or appropriate organization

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens 
  • College students who have completed 50 or more credit hours upon start of internship
  • Attending a college or university in Texas, or a Texas resident attending school out-of-state
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system (or comparable GPA)
  • Preference may be given to candidates from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Prior recipients are ineligible

To apply for the 2017 Diversity Internship:

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. LINKS BELOW ARE UNAVAILABLE, PLEASE CHECK AGAIN FOR NEXT YEAR'S INTERNSHIPS IN JANUARY 2018.

1) Determine your top 3 divisions/areas of interest from this list.

2) Applications open January 2nd, 2017. 

3) Request two Letters of Reference. Access your explanatory letter to give to references HERE. 
 

Application, official transcripts, and Letters of Reference are due and must be postmarked by March 17, 2017. Applications received after Midnight CST on March 17th will not be accepted. Applications can be submitted online. Send official transcripts and Letters of Reference to Diversity Internship Program, Texas Historical Commission, PO Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711.

If selected, interviews for prospective Diversity Interns will be held between April 17th and April 21st, 2017.