Historical Marker Writer/Researcher

Internship Title:  Historical Marker Writer/Researcher

Supervising Division/Department/Site: History Programs Division

Semester Internship is Available:  Fall/Spring/Summer

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

Duration: To be determined (Can be semester based or as needed for project)

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Hours/Week:  20 to 40 hours

Travel Required:  No   

INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION: The intern will work in the Official Texas Historical Marker Program in the History Programs Division, under the direct supervision of the Marker Program Coordinator, to write and edit inscriptions for historical markers. Intern may also work on projects as assigned, such as digitization projects, surveys of historical markers and research projects related to historical markers.

Complies with all agency Internship Program Policies and Procedures.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Write and edit historical marker inscriptions; conduct original historical research; review and analyze historical research; digitizing files and records; survey and database work; thematic guides through Google maps.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Research, writing and communication skills; ability to analyze and condense text; editing experience with Google maps and database management is helpful.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: Coursework in history, public history, historic preservation, public administration, journalism or related field and experience with original historical research is preferred. 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 preferred. Applicants should be proficient in writing and editing. Applications will be accepted from currently-enrolled college students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Recent graduates with a bachelor seeking or have applied to a masters program may also apply. 

REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at www.thc.texas.gov.  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