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The 2016 Texas Historical Commission Diversity Internship is now accepting applications! We hope that you will take a moment to inform any students, and/or student organizations you may be affiliated with, about the paid internship opportunity at the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for the summer of 2016. The deadline for applications and supporting documents is March 18, 2016. If selected, in-person or online interviews will be held April 18-22, 2016.

The THC created the Diversity Internship in Historic Preservation to build interest in and awareness of careers in 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, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism.

Students will learn about the impact that historic preservation programs can have on a community’s economic development. 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 increasing the number of historic and cultural resources associated with the state’s diverse cultural history that are identified, documented, preserved and interpreted as well as increase the number of diverse organizations and communities involved in the historic preservation field and served by public and private preservation programs.

Diversity interns will complete a rotation among all divisions headquartered in Austin the first week, and then complete a special project in a previously determined division based on the student’s primary interest. More information on specific internship projects available for the Summer of 2015 can be found at the link below. Diversity interns will receive a monthly salary of $3,000 (40-hour week), minus applicable taxes and state mandated deductions, for an eight week internship provided by 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 and local preservation partners. Brief progress reports will be required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the student’s internship.

Eligibility

U.S. citizens
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

To see the list of 2016 internship opportunities, click here.

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If you have questions please contact Sara Allen,THC Human Resources Project Coordinator, at 512.936.0845

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