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Texas Historical Commission – Diversity Internship Program

The Texas Historical Commission (TCH) seeks to increase the diversity of professionals who are working in historic preservation, acknowledge the variety of cultures that help enrich Texas’ heritage, and take part in a wider range of organizations and communities in supporting the efforts to protect and preserve the history of Texas.

This internship program was created by the THC to build interest and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among young students who are from underrepresented groups. The organization recognizes that there are numerous cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups that are underrepresented in this professional field. The program targets college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are pursuing fields of study related to historic preservation.

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Diversity Interns will be tasked to complete a rotation amongst all divisions headquartered in Austin, Texas and then participate and complete a special project in a division of their choice. The Interns will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for an eight (8) week or 40-hour internship. They will work under the supervision of the TCH at the headquarters and/or “in the field” with its different historic sites. Interns will be required to provide short progress reports during the employment period and after the interns complete the program.

Award Information:

Amount: Maximum of $5,000
Number of Scholarship Awards: 2
Deadline: March
GPA: 3.0
Major: History, Preservation, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Archeology, Downtown Revitalization, or Heritage Tourism

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Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for this internship program, an applicant must meet the following:
– Must be a United States citizen;
– Must be a college junior or higher;
– Must be attending an accredited college or university in Texas, or a Texas resident attending an out-of-state postsecondary institution;
– Meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0;
– Must not be a previous winner;
– Although it is not a requirement, preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need.

Application Process:

1. Get a copy of the Application form or visit the Texas Historical Commission official website and complete the online application.

2. Provide the required information such as personal, financial, academic, employment, etc.

3. Provide an updated resume or your CV.

4. If applicable, list any previous experience you have had with the THC.

5. Provide an official copy of your college transcript(s), which includes your cumulative GPA.

6. Attach recommendation letters from individuals who are familiar with your background.

7. Carefully review your application for any errors and missing requirements.

8. Mail your application and all supporting materials to:

Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711

Program Goals:

• Increase the representation of all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in history preservation careers;
• Increase the number of diverse organizations and communities involved in the historic preservation field and served by the public & private preservation programs;
• Increase the number of historic and cultural resources associated with the state’s diverse cultural history that are identified, documented, preserved, and interpreted.

Contact Information:

Texas Historical Commission – Main Office
1511 Colorado Street,
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-6100
Email: [email protected]

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