Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

The Preservation Scholars Program

2019 Application Form and Instructions

Application, official transcripts, and Letters of Reference are due and must be postmarked by March 22, 2019. Applications submitted or postmarked after midnight CST on March 22 cannot be accepted. If selected, in-person or online interviews will be held in April. 

Please read the following instructions and application information carefully.

The Preservation Scholars Program seeks to introduce students to the broad range of skills and professions applicable within the field of historic preservation. The Texas Historical Commission is comprised of six divisions. The fact sheets linked below provide information about the responsibilites of each division:

  • The Archeology Division works to identify, protect, and preserve Texas' irreplaceable archeological heritage.
  • The Architecture Division is dedicated to protecting Texas' diverse architectural heritage. 
  • The Community Heritage Development Division acts in partnership with communities and regions to revitalize historic areas, stimulate tourism and encourage economic development through the use of preservation strategies. 
  • The Historic Sites Division is responsible for operating the agency's 22 historic properties throughout the state. These sites tell the real stories of Texas history in authentic settings. Headquarter's staff members provide assistance to field staff in architecture, archeology, collections management, interpretation, and marketing. 
  • The History Programs Division provides preservation assistance to local governments, state and federal agencies, the state's 254 county historical commissions, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, volutneers, students, educators, and the general public. 
  • The Communications Division (Public Information & Education Department) promotes the agency's programs and projects and develops outreach strategies to increase awareness of the agency's mission and purpose. 


Refer to the 2019 Preservation Scholars Opportunities for complete list of project descriptions.

Explanatory letters for reference requests can be accessed HERE.

Submit one copy of the completed application. Applications must be completed all at once. The webpage will not save your progress if you leave the page. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Personal Information and Education
Current Address
Permanent Address
University Enrollment
*Recent graduates or college seniors who have applied to or been accepted into a graduate program are eligible (proof of application or acceptance to a graduate program will be required)
Ethnicity/Heritage (Check all that apply)
Preference may be given to candidates from underrepresented cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Having read the information about THC's divisions, and having a better understanding of everything historic preservation covers at the Texas Historical Commission (THC), 1. How do you see yourself and your skills enhancing the preservation goals of the THC? 2. What about your background brings new perspective to the field of preservation? (max. 500 words)
Describe what you hope to learn from an internship at the Texas Historical Commission, and what areas or topics of interest you wish to explore as a Preservation Scholar.
Project Selection
Which of the following projects are of interest to you? Select the positions that interest you below. Please review the list of projects carefully before making your selections. Project descriptions can be found here: (copy and paste link).
What knowledge, experience, or skill (personal or professional) would you like to be able to apply to your internship? What skills and experience do you bring to the THC that we may not have thought of? Where do you see yourself in the spectrum of skills--preservation, history, architecture, archeology, planning, anthropology, accounting, media, artistic/graphic skills, nonprofit experience, etc.--as a fit with the mission of the THC? (max. 250 words)
How will you use this experience to inform the rest of your academic career and your future professional aspirations?
Supplemental Information
Attach a curriculum vitae or résumé. Include scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and publications. Also, if English is not your native language, describe the level of your proficiency in reading, conversing and writing in English. (Required)
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf html pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit tar zip.
Official transcripts from appropriate institutions are required. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. List the colleges or universities from which you are sending transcripts. Mail transcripts to: Preservation Scholars Program Texas Historical Commission PO Box 12276 Austin, TX 78711
Letters of Reference
Letters of reference from two (2) persons familiar with your scholarship, work experience, career goals and history of community service are required. See the previous web page or the link at the top of this application for an explanatory letter to send when requesting a letter of reference. Letters of reference will be considered confidential unless confidentiality has been waived by the referee. List below the names and addresses of the two persons whose letters of reference you are submitting. Mail letter to: Preservation Scholars Program Texas Historical Commission PO Box 12276 Austin, Texas 78711
Do you have any relatives affiliated with the agency? If yes, please list name(s) and relationship(s).
Statement of Intent
I am applying to the 2019 THC Preservation Scholars Program and I confirm that all information submitted is correct as stated. I have read the application instructions and, if selected, I agree to comply with all THC policies, procedures and employment requirements.