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

Historic preservation is commonly associated with preservation of the tangible--artifacts, architecture, and places, but it's also about preserving the intangible--traditions, recipes, artistic practices, and more--for future generations to understand and learn from. Whether studying history, anthropology, architecture, material sciences, graphic design, literature, economics, or accounting, if you're interested in learning more about how your studies can be applied to historic preservation, the Preservation Scholars Program could be for you.

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission's Preservation Scholars Program aims to offer students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds exposure to the wide variety of academic degrees and specializations applicable to historic preservation. Working with Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, Preservation Scholars gain experience in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, economic development, downtown revitalization, heritage tourism, and more.

Launched in 2007, the program offers an 8-week summer internship placement with the Texas Historical Commission, available to students from Texas or students studying to receive their undergraduate or graduate degree at a Texas college or university. 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, Preservation Scholars complete a special project 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 that were available in 2019.


  • 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
  • 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 will open January 6. Please check back in January for additional information and a link to the online application form.