Opportunities in the Geosciences
This page gives a
sampling of off-campus research opportunities for undergraduates.
Most are paid positions, some offer free housing. Click on the
links at the end of each listing for detailed program description, application,
Internships may also
be available at state geological surveys, private companies, and other
sources. The best way to find these opportunities is to contact
local office and alumni.
Want some insider's
tips on getting a dream internship? Click here.
The Geophysical Laboratory and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
at the Carnegie Institution of Washington offer undergraduate internship
opportunities in the geosciences (experimental petrology, mineralogy,
mineral physics, seismology), planetary sciences and astronomy, and
related chemical sciences (geochemistry, geochronology, cosmochemistry).
Council on Undergraduate
Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships in Science
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) awards summer fellowships
to the students of faculty members interested in mentoring an undergraduate
student at primarily undergraduate institutions. CUR fellowships
provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and their faculty
mentors to engage in approximately ten weeks of full-time research in
the laboratory setting at their home institution. Award opportunities
may be restricted to certain academic areas, depending on available
funding. [Description from program website.]
Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona
This is a semester program in the Sonoran Desert at the base of the
Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona. Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona
offers two semester programs, one in Earth Systems Science and Policy,
called the Earth Semester. http://www.bio2.edu/education
tel: 800-992-4603 (option 1)
Department of Energy
The DOE offers semester and summer science research opportunities at
various national labs. An education and energy policy program is offered
in Washington, D.C.
The Geological Society of America provides internship opportunities
each summer in National Parks throughout the U.S. and in the US Forest
Service Pacific Southwest Region. Students must be GSA members at the
time of application. See ML Crawford for student membership in GSA!
Applications for the 2002 positions will be due around February 1.
Great Lakes Summer
Three-month research positions in the Lake Michigan area.
Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Research projects in seismology with IRIS mentors. February 15
deadline for 2002.
Laboratory at Cal Tech
Cal Tech's program matches students with research mentors; a list of
available mentors is provided online.
Survey, Lawrence, Kansas
Applied Geohydrology Summer Research Assistantships
These are 12-week summer positions open to students at any university.
Program availability varies each year.
For further information contact Jim Butler at
Keck Geology Consortium
Field program for students of participating colleges of the consortuim.
Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University
Research projects are mostly in the earth and environmental sciences,
some are in biology, engineering, and computer science. The program
is complemented by a series of lectures and seminars that expose students
to the broad range of research done at the LDEO; the 2001 program also
featured a career panel and science ethics discussion. LDEO is located
on the Lamont estate in Palisades, NY along the scenic Hudson River.
Housing in previous years was provided near Columbia U. in NYC.
Lunar and Planetary
Opportunities in lunar and planetary research with scientists at LPI
and the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The purpose of this program
is to expose undergraduate students to these fields in order to help
them examine their career goals and to encourage their development as
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Research Institute (MBARI)
During summer 2002 a 12-week paid internship (June 10 - August 30) for
undergraduates and graduate students is offered at the Monterey Bay
Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California.
MBARI is a world-class research facility studying topics ranging from
ocean carbon cycling, to mid-ocean ridge geology to deep-sea biology.
Interns are paid a stipend of $500 per week for 12 weeks. Support for
travel to California may also be provided. Applications for 2002
are due in late February. Eight internships will be awarded.
This would be an excellent way for geology, environmental studies or
biology majors to spend the summer.
Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Opportunities in many disciplines such as atmospheric, earth, and ocean
sciences. Deadline varies by program.
Several programs concerning earth and marine science, particularly the
Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. Volunteer
opportunities are also available at some of Scripps' branches.
United States Geological
These are employment opportunities for students in hydrology, computer
science, cartography, geology, etc.
University of Delaware
Summer Internships in the Marine Sciences have been offered at the University
of Delaware's coastal campus in Lewes, Delaware in previous years.
University of Hawaii
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)
An undergraduate summer internship on oceanography, geology and geophysics,
and geochemistry research has been offered in previous years. There's
also the Ocean Drilling Summer Research Program for Undergraduates (ODSRPU).
Contact the SOEST for more info.
Woods Hole Oceanographic
Summer Student Fellowships for undergraduate students who show interest
in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine
policy. Applicants should have completed their junior or senior
year at colleges in any of the fields of science or engineering.
Fellowships are awarded to pursue an independent research project, chosen
by the fellow, under the guidance of a member of the Research Staff.
A ten-week summer research experience or a 15-week fall session experience
at one of the NASA Centers.
Student Conservation Association Internships offer students expense-paid
opportunities to travel and work at some of the country's most spectacular
sites including Mt. Rainer and Haleakala National Parks, as well as
Valley Forge National Park, and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
For students they are unique opportunities in wild and wonderful places,
learning and experiencing their chosen career field firsthand with talented
tips on getting a dream internship:
Persistence and enthusiasm are the key. Many programs ask for
sending in the application materials to the program organizer and wait
for a response. Don't do just that! By all means, especially
if you are interested in working on a particular project, contact the
advisor/professor who will be supervising the research. Tell him/her
of your interest and background, and if you happen to be in the area,
invite yourself for a visit. Although some internships want you
to be of a particular class standing or to have completed certain courses,
if you follow the insider's tips, you may even get a position that you
may not otherwise qualify for. Go for it!
Back to Bryn
Tsang in January 2002.