Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
About the REU program: REUs are competitive summer research programs for undergraduates studying science, engineering, or mathematics. The programs are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and are hosted in various universities throughout the country. Individual REU opportunities tend to be specialized in a specific field of science (e.g., mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, biology,psychology, computer science).
About the program: GeoCorps America is a program sponsored by the Geological Society of America (GSA), operated in partnership with government agencies and organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS). The program offers paid short-term geoscience assignments in many national parks, state parks, and other public lands. GeoCorps topics commonly include geology, hydrology, paleontology, geological mapping, mineralogy, soil science, glaciology, geo- hazards, education, and interpretation.
US Geological Survey Pathways Internship Program
About the program: The USGS internship program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers with paid internships. Internships may be temporary (term) positions, and may lead to permanent employment. Internships must be searched and applied for on the USAJOBS website.
American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Internships & Fellowships
About the opportunity: AGI offers geoscience policy-based internships during different parts of the year for undergraduate and masters students. During internships, students work actively with Congress and federal agencies to build public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, mineral resources, geohazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education.
Department of Energy (DOE) Student Programs & Internships
Link: https://energy.gov/student-programs- and-internships
About the opportunity: The DOE offers a variety of internships, educational programs, and fellowships for students of all levels (high school through graduate school). There are two different types of paid internships that focus on 1) work that isn’t necessarily related to students’ academic/career choices, and 2) work that is directly related to students’ fields of study.
O’Brien & Gere (environmental consulting)
About the opportunity: O’Brien & Gere is an international environmental consulting firm that employs a variety of scientists and engineers that study energy, the environment, and water resources.
Arcadis (environmental consulting)
Link: https://www.arcadis.com/en/united-states/careers/graduates- and-interns/
About the opportunity: Arcadis is an international design and consulting firm that specializes in environmental construction, decontamination and restoration, environmental planning, site evaluation, strategic environmental consulting, and waste management.
EQT Corporation (natural gas production)
About the opportunity: EQT is a technology-driven leader in natural gas production, operating six states, that emphasizes horizontal drilling and green completions.
Moody & Associates, Inc. (environmental services)
Link: www.moody-s.com/ About the opportunity: Moody & Associates is a long-time presence in the Meadville area, specializing in environmental site assessment, soil and groundwater remediation, monitoring/sampling of contaminated sites, groundwater modeling, environmental well drilling, and GIS support services.
PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
About the opportunity: The PA DEP offers engineering, science, and technical internship to
undergraduate and graduate students that are enrolled full-time, have completed at least one year of schooling, are in good academic standing, and are PA residents or are attending a PA college/university. The DEP offers both paid an unpaid internships during which students learn about and assist with program office functions under mentorship of professional staff. Duties/projects vary, but former DEP interns have worked on environmental protection projects related to acid mine drainage, dam safety, oil and gas, and public health.
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)
Link – internships: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/humanresources/interns/index.htm
Link – volunteering: www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx
About the opportunity: The PA DCNR has a diverse portfolio in Pennsylvania, and regulates the state park system, trails, forestry resources, water resources, and hydrocarbon resources. The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey specializes in understanding Pennsylvania’s geological and groundwater resources.
ExxonMobil undergraduate internships
About the program: ExxonMobil is one of the few major, international oil company that offers
internships to undergraduates. An internship experience with a major oil company will provide insight into industry applications of geoscience, and are commonly paid.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Offered through the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy
Newmont Mining (internships and entry-level jobs)
At Newmont, we’re committed to building a sustainable global mining business while leading in innovation, safety, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. To accomplish our goals, we need something we find more valuable than gold or copper – talented students. We are always looking for bright Geoscience students to join us for Internships and entry-level roles in our Emerging Talent Program.