Diversity Internship Program

Diversity Interns gain hands on experienceThe 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 community’s economic development.

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 cultural 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.

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 $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for an eight week internship (40-hour week). 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 student’s 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 young people who might choose to work in this field.


  • 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



The application period for the summer of 2017 is January 2, 2017 - March 17, 2017.  To apply to this program you must fill out the online application on the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission website here. Official transcripts and Letters of Reference must be postmarked with a date of March 17, 2017 for your application to be considered complete. Send official transcrips and Letters of Reference to: Texas Historical Commission, Attn: Diversity Internship Program, PO BOX 12276, Austin, TX  78711.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Online applications must be completed all at once. The webpage will not save your progress if you leave the page.

Please note that if selected for interview, interviews for prospective Diversity Interns will be held between April 17 and April 21, 2017.

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