We encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your career interests in geology. Ask them about internships and REUs in your area of interest!
Internships are an excellent way to gain relevant experience working for an organization in the field of your interest. It’s also a way to assess if your field of interest is the right career path for you and to identify skills or areas of of focus you'd like to further develop.
Many internships will assign tasks directly related to the company's products and projects. Some internships are paid, and some offer a pathway to become a permanent employee after you graduate or after you fulfill the internship term.
Internships are valuable experiences to highlight on your resume. Another benefit is coming away with a list of reliable references for your first job or for graduate school applications.
|The American Geosciences Institute typically offers internships during the fall or spring semesters, or over summer. Their internships are suitable for upper level undergraduate and graduate geoscience students.
|EarthScope Consortium (formerly IRIS and UNAVCO)
|EarthScope Consortium offers paid internships for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. They offer a wide variety of experiences, including research skill development, full scientific research experiences, and professional work experience.
|Environment for the Americas
Environment for the Americas and its partners are committed to connecting racially and ethnically diverse students with careers in conservation, natural resources, history, and geology. Interns build skills through work with national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and other sites.
|GeoCorps™ America offers paid short-term geoscience opportunities in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Topic areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geohazards, karst, education, and interpretation. GSA partners with the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other organizations committed to science and stewardship in order to offer the program.
|Geothermal Resources Council
|Provides both scholarships and links to energy-related internships
|Juneau Icefield Program
The Juneau Icefield Program gives students a wide range of training in Earth sciences, wilderness survival, and mountaineering skills, and provide unique opportunities for team building and personal growth.
There are partial scholarships available for this program. Applications deadlines are on or around February 9th.
|Los Alamos National Laboratory Undergraduate Student Program
|This year-round paid internship program provides students with relevant research experience while they pursue an undergraduate degree.
|Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE)/University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)
|MATE/UNOLS offers at-sea and land-based marine technical internship opportunities for college students.
|Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program
|MIS provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System.
|NASA Pathway Internships
|The Pathways Internship Program prepares you for a career at NASA and offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.
|NASA Internship Programs
|NASA internship programs beyond the Pathway Internships and fellowships for graduate students
|NOAA Bill Lapenta Internship
|The NOAA Bill Lapenta Internship Program is a 10-week long opportunity open to U.S. citizens who are sophomore or junior undergraduates, or in a graduate program. Students are matched with NOAA mentors and study a breadth of work from modelling and programming, to new data analysis techniques, and the incorporation of social science to communicate science.
|NOAA Ocean Exploration Explorer-in-Training Internship
|The Explorer-in-Training Program equips undergraduate and graduate students with skills to meet the current and future demands of the ocean exploration workforce.
|Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS, hosted by UNAVCO)
|RESESS is a research-focused undergraduate summer internship and support program in the Earth Sciences based in Boulder, CO, dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. Students are introduced to scientific research, receive mentoring support, and are prepared for graduate school and professional careers in Earth science.
|Scientists in Parks Program (National Park Service)
The National Park Service's Youth and Young Adult programs offer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities for young adults 15-30 years old and for veterans 35 years old and younger.
|Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS - via University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
|SOARS is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS Protégés can participate for up to four (4) summers conducting research in atmospheric and earth-system sciences. Financial support is available for research, conference travel and undergrad/grad school funding.
|Student Conservation Association (SCA)
|SCA interns are placed individually with a partner agency. Internships range from 3 to 12 months.
|Unidata- Data Services and Tools for Geoscience
|The Unidata Summer Internship program offers graduate students and upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to work closely with Unidata’s professional staff on projects. Interns learn about building skill with modern software development processes, learn about data-enabled geoscience, and gain experience working in a community-based organization supporting Earth Science research and education.
|U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pathways Program
The USGS Internship Program provides students opportunity to be paid to work in agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school.
Find internship openings on USAJOBS
|Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP)
|PEP is a 10-week mentored research internship for primarily juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups who are majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics or geosciences and earth system sciences). Students will gain practical experience in marine and environmental science.
Internships and REUs are terms used interchangeable at times. Both are excellent experiences to add to your resume when applying to graduate programs or jobs. REUs focus on specific research projects and themes, are hosted by universities and institutions, and almost all REUs are paid.
Are you an undergraduate interested in going to grad school ? If the answer is yes, then REUs, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, may be a good fit for you. REU participants have reported that their experience prepared them for the research expectations of graduate school. The REU Sites program is funded by the National Science Foundation and consists of a cohort of students working on a specific research project hosted by institutions across the country. REUs allow students to work closely with faculty, other researchers and students with similar interests. In addition to gaining valuable research experience, an REU is a great way to expand your network and establish contacts for future letters of recommendation.
Browse REU Programs and Sites on the following websites:
- KECK Geology Consortium: This REU offers a Gateway Program for rising sophomores and an Advanced Program for rising seniors. Several different projects are available in each program, designed for students with different educational backgrounds and interested. The application deadline is around February 15 each year.
- MIT Haystack REU: This REU offers paid summer research programs in science, engineering, and computer science.
- Natural History Research Experiences, Smithsonian: This REU offers a paid summer internship program at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
- Search for an REU Site - National Science Foundation
- REU & Summer Internship list - Promoting Geoscience Research, Education & Success (PROGRESS)
- REUs for Planetary Science (Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
- REU Summer 2022 MASTER List