This is a picture of me on my very first geology internship. It was the summer of 1998 and I was a Paleo Intern at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. I got to experience excavating, preparing, and cataloguing specimens. But what was most important was during that summer I met a PhD student that was working on her dissertation in the park, her advisor came out to check on her progress and get some in-field time with her. While he was out there I got to meet him, a few years later he was my advisor.
There are many reasons why getting out into the field or into the lab is extremely important to the development of a student’s career path. I have compiled a list of internships that geoscience students may be interested in. This list is not exhaustive, nor are the blurbs thorough. But hopefully this list is useful. If you are a student that got an internship from this list, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
February 8th – March 25th NASA Internships
February 12th NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergrad Research Program
They pair qualified undergraduates with NASA-funded investigators at research locations around the country for 8 weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist’s home institution.
February 12th NASA Develop
February 15th Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science REU
Students will collaborate with mentors at host institutions to develop hypothesis-driven projects and receive critical feedback from mentors.
February 15th Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium REU
EU participants are paired with Mote scientists and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide research symposium. Participants attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences. $5,000 stipend.
February 19th STEMSEAS (STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships)
STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)! All expenses (travel to/from the ports of call, materials, and living expenses while on the ship) will be paid by the program- there is no cost to participants.
February 19th Mosaics in Science
Mosaics in Science is supported through a public-private partnership between the National Park Service’s Geologic Resources and Youth Programs Divisions, Environment for the Americas, and Greening Youth Foundation. The internship seeks college undergrads and graduate students; individuals from demographic groups under-represented in the NPS workforce are especially encouraged to apply. Interns are paid a $4,800 stipend, all travel costs, and are provided housing (or a housing allowance) for the duration of the project.
February 19th Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) is designed primarily for college juniors and seniors who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a four-week course and a six-to-ten week research project – all in the sea-side village of Woods Hole. Housing will be provided. Participating students will have their tuition covered and will receive a stipend, room and board, and a travel allowance, depending on availability of funding.
February 22nd Southern California Earthquake Center
February 26th Whitehouse Policy Internships – Divisions of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program. Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP’s topic-based divisions (Division internship). These positions are without compensation; however, students may be eligible to receive academic credit from their respective college or university. To help defray the costs of commuting to OSTP, student interns may be eligible to receive a public transit subsidy from OSTP. In addition, applicants may contact educational and other non-profit organizations to apply for funding or housing assistance.
February 28th US Department of Energy Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program
Students must be at a Minority Serving Institution. Various internships.
February 29th South Central Climate Science Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities
Applicants must reside in and travelling from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas. Interns will be involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that will allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on the West Texas Southern High Plains, prairie and forest ecosystems and tribal cultures in Oklahoma, and the bayous, delta and coastline of Louisiana.
February 29th GeoCorps America (Geoscientists-in-the-Parks)
The Geological Society of America and its federal partners—the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management—are proud to announce the development of an exciting new facet of the GeoCorps America program—the GeoCorps Diversity Internships! GeoCorps Diversity Internships are paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—America’s National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands. GSA Membership required.
March 1st AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Pitts Family Foundation is proud to offer a summer internship program for minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. Experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community. There are also various other internships available.
March 1st Cooperative Institute for Climate Science Research Internship at Princeton University
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction. Students will receive a stipend of $500/week (undergraduates) or $4000/month (graduate students), and reimbursement for travel from their home institution. Interns will have access to Princeton University rental housing.
March 1st Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Marine Science and Engineering Internship
Our internship program is designed to give qualified undergraduate and graduate students experience in a research environment. The areas of study may include, but are not limited to: aquaculture, biomedical marine research, marine biology, marine mammal research, marine natural product chemistry, marine microbiology, ocean engineering, ocean technology and oceanography. Compensation is $3,500 for the 10-week program.
March 1st Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences REU
Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory’s summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor.
March 1st NASA Internships
March 4th Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program
The program places interns with National Park Service units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Intern sponsors provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field.
March 11th Earth Magazine Science Writing Internship
The intern will work as a full member of the EARTH staff for the summer. Tasks include: pitching and writing news, trends, profiles and feature articles for print; copyediting and proofreading; art research; writing news articles for EARTH online; and keeping up our social media presence. There is also the potential for illustration and multimedia work for the right candidate. $4,000 stipend.
March 11th NPS Historic Preservation Internship
The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program trains our future historic preservation professionals.
March 15th AGI/AIPG Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues Internships
The Geoscience Policy Program represents the geoscience community in Washington DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education. The Critical Issues program makes geoscience information more discoverable to decision makers through our website, webinar series, forums, and research database. $5,000 stipend
March 27th Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience
SAGE students, faculty, teaching assistants, and visiting scientists acquire, process and interpret reflection/refraction seismic, magnetotelluric (MT)/electromagnetic (EM), ground penetrating radar (GPR), gravity, and magnetic data at a shallow archeological site and at the sedimentary basin scale in the Rio Grande rift. The Institute of Geophysics, Planetary Physics & Signatures (IGPPS) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is sponsoring SAGE for its 34th year. US undergraduate students: stipend and travel support will be automatic if accepted, and the $600 fee will be waived. Room and board are provided for all students and professionals by the program. A $600 fee is required from U. S. and foreign graduate students, foreign undergraduates, and professionals. t
March 31st US Department of Energy Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program
Undergraduate/Graduate students gain 10 weeks and High School students gain 8 weeks of substantive professional and technical career experience while working side-by-side with an assigned mentor who is a subject matter expert in the U.S. Department of Energy. Mentors will help students tailor their practical work experience to the larger context of their professional interests.
Various dates. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Various dates. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA hires high school and college interns for administrative/clerical positions as well as technical positions in areas such as life sciences, program or policy analysis, and engineering. Most positions have salaries ranging from the GS-2 to GS-7 level. All internships paid by EPA appear in the government-wide USAJobs.gov portal. Most internship opportunities for the summer are advertised in March, April and May but some may be advertised earlier.
Various dates. Various organizations.
A great database of a wide variety of internships.
Various dates. Smithsonian Internships
There are a wide variety of internships with the Smithsonian’s various institutions.
Various dates. USAJobs
Many jobs with different branches of the federal government
Various dates. NSF REUs
Variety of internships funded by the National Science Foundation.
Various dates. Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Various dates. Various others.
A great list of various organizations that provide environmental science internships.