Derven Scholars

The deadline to apply for fall 2022 has passed. We will announce a call for spring 2023 applications in December.

This program honors the legacy of Daphne L. Derven, whose educational vision and commitment to outreach continues to inspire staff and students at THNOC. Applications will be accepted from currently enrolled high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with a passion for historical research and an interest in a career in museum education.

The fall 2022 Derven Scholar(s) will work with THNOC education staff to plan, create, and facilitate educational programs or develop resources that can be used in K-12 classrooms. Scholars will participate in a hybrid program that combines virtual and in-person experiences. Mentorship and career chats with THNOC staff are woven through this semester-long internship.

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible. We look for applicants who demonstrate a passion for history, education, and/or museums in their academic or volunteer work. 

When is the internship?

Fall 2022 Derven Scholar(s) will start in September and complete their internship in December. We work with each student to determine a schedule that works best for their academic commitments.

Is there a stipend?

Yes! Each Derven Scholar receives a $1500 total stipend as part of this program. This stipend can be awarded in monthly installments or in a single payment at the end of the internship.

What is the time commitment?

Derven Scholars are expected to devote about 10 hours each week to this position. These hours can include weekly meetings, career conversations with staff, independent reading and research, and much more.

What questions are part of the application?

We're so glad you asked! In addition to general questions (your school, your major, etc.), students are required to answer the following question as part of their application:

What aspect of Louisiana history are you most passionate about?
What excites you about museum education? Do you have any experience sharing history with others?
What is your dream job?
What do you hope to get out of this internship?

Questions? Email Rachel Gaudry



Past Derven Scholars


  • Lauren Smith, University of New Orleans
  • Chloe Walley, The NET Gentilly/NOCCA
  • Landon Bishop, St. Augustine High School
  • Abigail Hu, Benjamin Franklin High School


  • Danielle Buckingham, University of Mississippi
  • Sasha Doster, University of Florida
  • Carolyn Rice, Johns Hopkins University
  • Marie Sarnacki, Eastern Michigan University
  • Norman Storer Corrada, George Washington University
  • Shine Trabucco, University of Houston
  • Julia Walsh, Southern University at New Orleans
  • Lerin Williams, Tulane University


  • Shelby Lanoux, Mount Carmel Academy
  • Chayla Wolfberg, Tulane University


  • Emily Buttita, Tulane University
  • Hera Bagdanos, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Mariah Bledsoe, Carver College Prep