Texas Historical Commission Internship program
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.
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
- January 1 for the spring semester
- May 1 for the summer semester
- September 1 for the fall semester
Recurring Austin Internships Available*:
Administration/Friends of the Texas Historical Commission
Historic Sites Division (Austin, TX)
Recurring Historic Sites Internships Available*:
Casa Navarro State Historic Site (San Antonio, TX)
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site (Denison, TX)
Fort Griffin State Historic Site (Albany, TX)
Magoffin Home State Historic Site (El Paso, TX)
Mission Dolores State Historic Site (San Augustine, TX)
- Historic Sites Operation Intern
Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site (Paris, TX)
*The above internships depend upon department/site availability and may not be available every semester.
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
For more information about internships at the THC, please read our Internship Program Fact Sheet (PDF).
Preservation Scholars Program
Whether studying history, anthropology, architecture, material sciences, graphic design, literature, economics, or accounting, if you're interested in learning more about how your specialization and studies can be applied to historic preservation, the Preservation Scholars Program could be for you! To view more about this program and how to apply, click here.
Working with Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, Preservation Scholars gain experience in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, economic development, downtown revitalization, heritage tourism, and more. Launched in 2007, the program is an 8-week summer internship placement with the THC, available to college students from Texas or students studying to receive their undergraduate or graduate degree at a Texas college or university. Students work under the supervision of THC staff at the agency's headquarters in Austin and/or in the field with THC historic sites, at an associated preservation organization such as a Main Street program, with a heritage tourism program, or at a history museum or a historical association. Over the course of the internship, Preservation Scholars complete a special project, and are also given the opportunity to spend time with staff in each of THC's divisions. Brief progress reports are required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the internship. The Friends of the Texas HIstorical Commission also requires a final presentation to its Board of Trustees during the summer board meeting. The internship offers a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.