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Posted: 01/24/2017

Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. Our mission is to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

THC Diversity Internship
Internship Opportunity
Austin, TX
$5,000 Stipend


The Texas Historical Commission (THC) seeks to increase the diversity of professionals working in historic preservation, acknowledge the variety of cultures that enrich Texas heritage, and engage a wider range of organizations and communities in supporting efforts to protect and preserve the history of our state.


The Diversity Internship was created to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The THC recognizes that many such groups are currently underrepresented in the professional fields related to historic preservation. This initiative targets undergraduate students to encourage their interest in pursuing fields of study in history, preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization and heritage tourism. Students will also learn about the impact that historic preservation programs can have on a communitys economic development.


Diversity Interns will complete a rotation amongst all divisions headquartered in Austin and then complete a special project in a division of their choice. Diversity interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for an eight-week internship provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. Interns will work under the supervision of the THC, at its headquarters in Austin and/or in the field with its historic sites, an associated preservation organization such as a Main Street program, a heritage tourism program, a history museum or a historical association. Brief progress reports will be required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the students internship.


Working with THC staff and programs will expose the interns to the various and exciting vocational opportunities in the field of historic preservation, with the goal of encouraging more students from underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue careers in this field upon graduation. In return, the THC and its partner organizations will have the opportunity to meet promising students who might choose to work in this field.

To view the list of projects being offered for 2017 visit, http://www.thcfriends.org/2017-diversity-internship-opportunities.




    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

    Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system (or comparable GPA)

    Preference may be given to candidates from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds

    Prior recipients are ineligible

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How to apply
To apply for the 2017 Diversity Internship: 1) Determine your top 3 divisions/areas of interest from this list, http://www.thcfriends.org/2017-diversity-internship-opportunities 2) Applications open January 2nd, 2017. On or after that date, apply online HERE, http://www.thcfriends.org/forms/diversity-internship-historic-preservation 3) Request two Letters of Reference. Access your explanatory letter to give to references HERE, http://www.thcfriends.org/public/upload/u746/REQUEST-FOR-A-LETTER-OF-REFERENCE-2017.pdf Application, resume, official transcripts, and Letters of Reference are due and must be postmarked by March 17, 2017. Application and resume must be submitted online. Send official transcripts and Letters of Reference to Diversity Internship Program, Texas Historical Commission, PO Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711. If selected, interviews for prospective Diversity Interns will be held between April 17th and April 21st, 2017.
PO BOX 12276
Austin, TX 78701

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