Texas Historical Commission Accepting Applications for 2018 Preservation Scholars Program until March 16, 2018 [VIDEO]

The Texas Historical Commission is accepting applications for the 2018 Preservation Scholars Program until March 16, 2018! This is a paid internship opportunity for summer 2018.

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) created the Preservation Scholars Program to build interest in, and awareness of, careers in historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. This initiative strives to encourage students’ interest in the fields of history, preservation, architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism. 

Working with THC staff, interns learn about the impact that historic preservation programs can have on a community’s development, and gain exposure to various exciting vocational opportunities in the field of historic preservation. Preservation Scholars complete a rotation among all THC divisions headquartered in Austin during their time at the agency, and complete a special project in a previously determined division based on the student’s primary interest. More information on specific internship projects available for summer 2018 can be found at the link below. Preservation Scholars receive a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for an eight-week internship (40-hour week). Interns work under the supervision of the THC at the agency’s headquarters in Austin, and/or in the field with THC historic sites and local preservation partners. Brief progress reports are required, both during the internship period and upon conclusion.

To apply, students must meet all eligibility requirements, determine their top three divisions/internship projects, complete the online application, and submit official transcripts and two letters of reference (click here for explanatory letter to be given to your referrals). Transcripts and references may be sent directly to Preservation Scholars Program – Texas Historical Commission, PO Box 12276, Austin, TX 78711. All materials must be postmarked by March 16, 2018If selected, in-person interviews will be held in April.

For more information, contact Sara Allen, THC Human Resources Project Coordinator by email.