Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.
  • Preservation intern Cynthia BrzostowskiPreservation intern Cynthia Brzostowski
  • Norris White, preservation fellow, in the fieldNorris White, preservation fellow, in the field
  • Diversity interns gain hands on experienceDiversity interns gain hands on experience
  • Sehila Casper in the field at the Zion Cemetery in Hilton Head Island, SCSehila Casper in the field at the Zion Cemetery in Hilton Head Island, SC
  • 2013 THC Diversity Interns, Sehila Casper and Joel Zapata2013 THC Diversity Interns, Sehila Casper and Joel Zapata

Apply to the Preservation Scholars Program

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission’s Preservation Scholars Program offers students from underrepresented ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as those from non-traditional academic backgrounds, exposure to the wide variety of degrees and specializations applicable to historic preservation. Working with Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, Preservation Scholars gain experience in the fields of architecture, archaeology, economic development, downtown revitalization, heritage tourism, and more.

Whether studying history, graphic design, economics, community and regional planning, or accounting, if you're interested in learning more about how your degree can be applied to historic preservation, the Preservation Scholars Program could be for you.

About the Program

Historic preservation is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve, and protect buildings, objects, landscapes, traditions, or other artifacts both tangible and intangible of historical significance. Our goal is to increase the diversity of professionals working in field of historic preservation, which will allow us to better understand and tell the full, authentic stories of the variety of cultures that enrich Texas’ heritage. A program of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC), students are placed for a 10-week internship with the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Over the course of the internship, students work under the supervision of THC staff at the agency's headquarters in Austin and/or in the field at historic sites to complete a project of their choosing. Select internship projects allow the option for remote participation in the program. Over the course of the internship, students meet with staff in each of the THC's divisions and attend weekly "Brown Bag Presentations" with outside preservation organizations to learn about the preservation work happening across the state. Brief progress reports are required throughout the internship and upon conclusion. The FTHC also requires a final presentation to its Board of Trustees during the summer board meeting. The internship offers a $5,500 stipend provided by the FTHC.


  • A sudent from an underrepresented ethnic or cultural community or an undergraduate student with a non-traditional academic background (e.g., undergraduate students who have taken breaks between high school and college careers, first generation college students, or undergraduates students who are attending school part-time while working)
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Completed 50 or more undergraduate credit hours upon start of summer internship
  • Currently attending a college or university in Texas, or a Texas resident attending school out of state
  • Recent college graduates must have applied to or been accepted into a graduate program to be eligible (proof of application or acceptance to a graduate program will be required)
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system, (or comparable GPA)
  • Prior recipients are ineligible

The application for summer 2022 will open December 10, 2021.

Register for a virtual information session to learn more about the application process and program and to ask questions!

Info sessions, held on Zoom, will provide details about the types of projects students will work on, networking opportunities, and overall learning experience students can expect. The application process is competitive and open to students with varied and nontraditional academic backgrounds. We encourage all interested applicants to register for one of the three information sessions to learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements.

December 21, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.
January 28, 2022 - 5:00 p.m.
February 17, 2022 - 5:00 p.m.