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The Preservation Scholars Program

2022 Application Form and Instructions

Please read the following instructions and application information carefully.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The online application, two letters of reference, and transcript(s) must be submitted online by 11:59PM March 27, 2022 for your application to be considered. Selected students will be contacted for an interview in April. An official, mailed transcript will be required if selected for the internship.  

1. Review Texas Historical Commission division fact sheets (links below).

2. Review list of Preservation Scholar Projects available in 2022. View project list here.

3. Submit online application. The application form must be completed all at once and will require you to attach unofficial transcript(s). Please note that the website will not save your progress if you leave the page. You can download the application questions for review and completion in Microsoft Word, but responses must then be submitted via the online form below.

4. Once the online application is submitted, share THIS FORM with your referees to submit two letters of reference online. Referees may be contacted as needed. 

Please contact us with any questions about the application process or forms. 

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 responsibilities 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. 
  • The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is the non-profit partner to the agency and raises philanthropic support for the THC's projects and programs



1. 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-Required Field (Check all that apply)
Do you consider yourself a non-traditional student? This could mean students who have earned a GED, undergraduate students who have taken breaks between high school and college, first generation college students, or undergraduate students who are attending school part-time while working.
The goal of the Preservation Scholars Program is to increase the diversity of professionals working in the field of historic preservation. This 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. Knowing this, what qualifies you as a good candidate from the community you represent? (max. 500 words)
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. What piques your interest in historic preservation? (max. 250 words)
Regardless of what you choose to do as a career, how do you see this internship impacting and informing your future work? (max. 250 words)
You will complete a project over the course of the internship. Please select your first, second, and third choices from the project list at the top of this form. In the field below, please indicate which projects you have chosen in order of priority, and explain why you have chosen these projects. Your project selections do not have to be based on your academic or work experience and qualifications. For example, if you are particularly interested in an archeology or heritage travel related project, but have no experience in either field, please explain what about this particular project excites you. Project selection is not guaranteed but helps us inform placement in your internship. (max. 250 words)
Select projects are available remotely. Please indicate whether you would be able to participate in the program in person, remotely, or either. If in-person, the Texas Historical Commission will follow all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines and social distancing practices.
What skills and/or unique perspectives do you bring to this internship? How will these skills and/or perspectives enhance your work as an intern, and on a larger scale, enhance the work of the Texas Historical Commission? These can be skills you've gained through professional experience, school, or personal experience. Use this opportunity to share any information about your personal or academic background that you think might shed additional light on your candidacy as a Preservation Scholar. (max. 250 words)
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.
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Unofficial transcripts from appropriate institutions must be submitted with this application form. List the colleges or universities from which you are submitting transcripts. If selected for the internship, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcript.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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Unofficial transcripts from appropriate institutions must be submitted with this application form. List the colleges or universities from which you are submitting transcripts. If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcript.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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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 2022 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.