Derven Scholars

This program honors Daphne L. Derven, whose educational vision and commitment to outreach continue to be an inspiration to staff and students. This program invites applications from student researchers (current high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are all welcome to apply) with an interest in historical research, writing, and education. We’d love to receive applications from

  • high school students who are passionate about history and are interested in exploring work in a museum
  • college students majoring in history, education, and/or museum studies 
  • graduate students seeking paid internship experience to add to their resume
  • students who love working with K-12 audiences

The fall 2021 Derven Scholar(s) will work with THNOC education staff to plan, create, and/or facilitate Virtual Field Trips (learn more about our VFTs here) or create educational resources used in K-12 classrooms. This internship will be completely remote, so we encourage interested students at qualifying institutions outside of New Orleans to apply. The Derven Scholar internship experience will also include mentorship from education staff and opportunities for informational interviews with THNOC staff in other departments. Typically, the fall internship term runs through mid-December (exact dates will be decided upon by the intern and THNOC staff), and interns will be expected to devote about 10 hours each week to this position. Derven Scholars receive a total stipend of $1500, paid in monthly increments during their term.

The application period for fall 2021 Derven Scholar(s) is now closed. Check back soon for information about applying to the program for spring 2022!

Questions? Email Rachel Gaudry at 



The Historic New Orleans Collection accepts internship applicants from universities in the Greater New Orleans region and beyond. If you are interested in completing an internship with THNOC’s education department, or are interested in pursuing an institutional agreement with THNOC to establish an internship program, please contact Rachel Gaudry at

If you are interested in applying for an internship with THNOC that would focus on areas outside of education, please visit for more information.