The 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 communitys economic development.
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 stipend of $5,000 for an eight-week internship provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. 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 students 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 students who might choose to work in this field.
To view the list of projects being offered for 2017 visit, http://www.thcfriends.org/2017-diversity-internship-opportunities.
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