Internship Program

Intern carefully vacuums quilt squares.The Texas Historical Commission (THC) Internship Program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate level students unpaid internships within a selected agency division or program; thereby exposing them to the benefits of choosing historic preservation as a career. This is in compliance with the mission of the THC to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Internships can include, but are not limited to, practical experience in archeology, architecture, community development, historic preservation, history, economic development and planning, marketing communications, and administration. By working closely with THC staff, students should gain hands-on knowledge relating to their coursework in a specific field.

The THC also supports the Preservation Scholars Program, created to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To view more about this program, click here.

Internships are available in the following THC Division programs:

  • Administration and Staff Services Divisions – Information resources, accounting, purchasing, human resources, and executive management
  • Archeology Division – 106 Review, state archeology programs, curatorial certification, Marine Archeology Program
  • Architecture Division – Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program
  • Community Heritage Division – Texas Main Street, Certified Local Government, and Texas Heritage Trails programs
  • Historic Sites Division – Curatorial services
  • History Programs Division – Historical Markers, Historic Cemetery Designation, Museum Services, National Register of Historic Places, and Military Sites programs
  • Public Information & Education Department – The Medallion publication, website, social media, and public relations

Application Deadlines:

  • January 1 for the spring semester
  • May 1 for the summer semester
  • September 1 for the fall semester


Recurring Internships Available*:

Administration/Friends of the Texas Historical Commission


History Programs

Historic Sites DIvision (Austin, TX)

Public Information & Education


Recurring Internships Avaliable at our Historic Sites*:

Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Mission Dolores State Historic Site

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site

Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site


*The above stated internships depend upon department/site availability and may not be available every semester

How to Apply

Follow the instructions below to submit an application for the THC internship program.

To apply, send the required internship application, resume, and official transcript to: P.O. BOX 12276, Austin, TX 78711


THC Internship Program Application



Details of the Internship Program

For more information about internships at the THC, please read our Internship Program Fact Sheet (PDF).