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.      

This program is for you if you are:
-A member of an underrepresented ethnic or cultural community, or
-A 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), and

-An undergraduate or graduate student from Texas, or a student studying at a Texas college or university, and
-Are a US citizen or permanent resident.

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

Our goal is to increase the diversity of professionals working in field of historic preservation, which will allow us to better acknowledge and tell the full and authentic stories of the variety of cultures that enrich Texas’ heritage and engage a wider range of communities in supporting preservation efforts. A program of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, students are placed for an 8-week internship with the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Students work under the supervision of THC staff at the agency's headquarters in Austin and/or in the field with THC historic sites, at an associated preservation organization such as a Main Street program, with a heritage tourism program, or at a history museum or association. Over the course of the internship, students complete a project of their choosing and are given the opportunity to spend time with staff in each of the THC's divisions. Brief progress reports are required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the internship. The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission also requires a final presentation to its Board of Trustees during the summer board meeting. The internship offers a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.

View a list of internship projects available in 2020.


  • Member of underrepresented ethnic or cultural community or an undergraduate student with a non-traditional academic background
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 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
  • Recent graduates or college seniors applied to or accepted into a graduate program are 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 period for summer 2020 is now closed.