Internships and Summer Employment

One of the best things you can do as a student is to find some sort of geology or environmentally-related internship during your summers as an undergraduate, particularly if you are not already doing research with a faculty member.  

Internship opportunities are numerous, but they will not fall into your lap!  Searching the web and emailing your resume to random companies is not a very effective way to get internships.  

The best way to make connections is in person, through word-of-mouth introductions from your faculty members, and through using your Appalachian Geology alumni networks.

Tips

#1 tip for finding internships

Lauri Miller will forward all internship and job opportunities we receive from our alumni network to every AGES major, and many will be listed on the AGES Newsletter each Monday from the Chair. Be sure to read your emails from Lauri and Dr. Anderson!

In case you missed your emails from Lauri, we also post many of our internship leads from faculty and alumni on our Facebook Page.  This is a very active page, and many of our alumni are members.  

#2 tip for finding internships

Go to regional meetings that offer continuing education credits for licensure and professional development. You will meet industry contacts in person (this is vitally important) and will be able to get your resume into their hands in a more informal environment.  Meetings not to miss are the AEG Carolinas Section Fall Field Trip and the Carolinas SME trips.  Announcements for these meetings will be in your weekly newsletter.

#3 tip for finding internships

Join professional societies so you can search their job ads.  Many internship jobs are posted on society web pages and access is only available to members.  Professional societies have very cheap student rates, so it is worth joining!  

#4 tip for finding internships

A web-based search that's a bit more directed is better than simply googling "geology internships."  We have provided a list of some of the organizations that provide internships that are relevant for geologists, but be aware there are many that may not be listed.  

Opportunities

Google any of the items below followed by "internship" for more information. 

Clearing House Web Sites

  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Geocorps (Geological Society of America)
  • Student Conservation Agency (SCA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Agencies at USAJobs.gov
  • North Carolina State Agencies Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (YAIO)
  • Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

Institution & Agency Web Sites

  • Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) at Columbia University
  • Research & Discover internship, co-hosted by University of New Hampshire (UNH) and NASA
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)
  • Great Lakes WATER Institute (GLWI)

Other Internship Listings

  • Washington & Lee (WLU)
  • International internships at GoAbroad.com
  • Opportunities in Alaska at jnadleman.net