African-American Travel Guide Research and Mapping Project

Internship Title: African-American Travel Guide Research and Mapping Project

Supervising Division/Department/Site: History Programs Division

Semester Internship is Available:  Spring/Summer/Fall

Work Location Address: 105 W. 16th St. Austin, TX  78701

Duration:  Semester based

Hours/Week:  As long as needed to complete individual projects

Travel Required:  No   

INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION: In-depth research on forty communities across Texas for the historic resources listed in African-American travel guides (Green Book, Bronze American Guide, etc.) during the modern Jim Crow era.  Research to look for any articles, city directories, postcards, photographs, advertisements, Sanborn maps, etc. in order to create a visually interesting poster for each community. Data entry into Excel spreadsheet for listed resources in order to compile information for a future interactive online map to educate the public about this overlooked part of American history.

Complies with all agency Internship Program policies and procedures.


  • In-depth research
  • Data entry into Excel spreadsheet
  • Poster creation for take-away project

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Online historical research skills, Microsoft Excel and graphic design for creating digital posters.

Applications will be accepted from currently-enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. Recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered.
Coursework in History, Library Sciences, Preservation, Architectural History. Applicants should have knowledge of Texas history and geography, and should be skilled in a variety of computer programs and systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Access and Word is preferred.  

REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at  Please mail applications to P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711 or deliver them in person at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite B-65, Austin, Texas.  A resume and current transcript must be submitted with your application.  Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of applications.  Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews.  After a qualified person has been chosen for the specified internship, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY