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

The Preservation Scholars Program

Through the Preservation Scholars Program, the Texas Historical Commission seeks to build interest in historic preservation amongst students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, engaging a wider range of communities and perspectives in the effort to discover and share Texas’ historical narrative.

Launched in 2007, the program is an 8-week, paid, summer internship opportunity available to college students from Texas or studying to receive their undergraduate or graduate degree at a Texas college or university. Working with THC staff, students gain exposure to various exciting vocational opportunities in the fields of history, preservation, architecture, archaeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism. Following a rotation among all THC divisions headquartered in Austin, students complete a special project based on their primary area of interest or academic background. The THC is able to offer students a number of unique opportunities because of the agency’s broad scope of work within the field. Agency staff range from economists, to marine archeologists, to military historians, exposing students to how their expertise is applied in historic preservation.

Education is central to the projects and programs the Friends of the Texas Historic Commission supports. Today’s students are tomorrow’s preservationists, and making sure that there is a workforce of passionate individuals is vital to the future study of our shared past. The Preservation Scholars Program offers the THC the opportunity to engage students in the agency’s important work – whether it’s a focus on the economic impact of preserving a rural community’s heritage, building the digital presence of State Historic Sites, or assisting regional organizations with cemetery preservation.

Program Goals

  • Increase the representation of all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in historic preservation careers
  • Increase the number of historic and cultural resources associated with the state’s diverse history that are identified, documented, preserved and interpreted
  • Increase the number of diverse organizations and communities involved in the historic preservation field and served by public and private preservation programs


List of 2019 internship projects


"It was wonderful to work in a welcoming environment where staff members were willing to share their immense knowledge and encourage my own development as a historian. This internship was immensely important to my academic and professional development, which made me realize that serving the Texas public is central to my future work after graduate school. I highly appreciate that the Texas Historical Commission values the work of upcoming scholars and encourages the next generation of historians to be involved in the community."
​-ToniAnn D. Trevino, 2014 Preservation Scholars Program Intern