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TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION’S PRESERVATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM- 2018 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

February 7, 2018

Applications are due by March 16, 2018 for the Texas Historical Commission's Preservation Scholars Program created to build interest in and awareness of historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. 

 

2018 Internship Opportunities:

Agency Division/Site: History Programs (Location: Austin, TX)

This division works with citizens, county historical commissions, museums, cemetery associations, local governments, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties to identify, evaluate, and interpret the historic and cultural resources of Texas. The Division includes these projects and programs. 

Internship Projects available:

Texas and the First World War Database Project: November 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that silenced the guns of World War I. To honor the nearly 200,000 Texans who served in that conflict, the Texas Historical Commission is compiling information on Texas sites associated with the war, including war monuments and memorials. The Military Sites Program intern will assist with this database project by performing light research and data entry, developing web content, and interacting with other centennial partners.

Undertold Marker Researcher and Writer: Intern will research and write Undertold historical marker topics that were selected in 2017 and 2018. Intern will prepare a cited historical narrative and will write the corresponding marker inscription utilizing local and online resources.

 

Agency Division: Historic Sites

This division is responsible for overseeing the agency’s 22 historic attractions located throughout the state. Staff members welcome visitors, provide educational opportunities and exhibits, preserve historic structures and artifacts, and work with partner organizations in their communities. The attractions range from Native American ceremonial mounds to grand Victorian mansions to expansive frontier forts.

Each historic site has its own website with information on the history, special events, and details for heritage travelers.

 

Internship Projects available:

State Historic Site: Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site (Location: Bonham, TX)

Collections Internship: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: packing and storing artifacts; cataloging and researching the museum collection; taking digital photographs of artifacts; re-housing and cleaning artifacts; data entry of collections records; and organizing site resources. 

- Interpretation Internship: Interns may work on one or more of the following projects: develop themed tours of historic house; develop engaging programming and events for the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site; develop off-site programming and outreach for schools and other community organizations; and develop multi-sensory tours and/or accessible tours for groups with various abilities.

 

State Historic Site: San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site (Location: San Felipe, TX)

- Field Trip Program Development Project: San Felipe de Austin SHS will launch its programming to support field trips in the 2018-19 school year. This project will involve participation in the creation of program descriptions and online promotional materials aimed at public schools. It will involve the development and assessment of pre- and post-field trip activities that will be recommended to schools planning trips to the site.

 

Link to Program Info/Application: http://www.thc.texas.gov/about-us/job-openings/internship-program/preservation-scholars-program

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