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List of Internship Granting Agencies

Below is a list of agencies in which Geography students have found internships.  This is not a list of active internship job postings.  Internships opportunities that are sent to the department will be posted, sent out over the undergraduate listserve, and posted on the Geography Facebook page.  However, we often do not receive all postings for active openings, and students should also check with the Career Center’s Go Intern! website, where many internships can also be found that would be applicable to Geography students.  Check the following agencies for additional possibilities.

Agency Alaska State Parks
Contact Volunteer Coordinator

550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1380

Anchorage, AK 99501-3561

Phone:  (907) 269-8708

Fax:  (907) 269-8907

Description Alaska State Parks offers approximately 50 summer internship positions through its volunteer program each year.  These positions are ranger assistant, backcountry ranger assistant, museum assistant, natural history interpreter, trail crew, park caretaker, and program coordinator for the Junior Ranger program.  These positions offer housing and an expense allowance.  Transportation to Alaska is the responsibility of the volunteer.


Agency American Geological Institute
Contact 4220 King StreetAlexandria, VA
Description The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 43 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources and interaction with the environment.


Agency Bureau of Water Works in Portland Oregon
Contact Portland Water Bureau1120 SW 5th Ave., Rm. 600Portland, OR

(503) 823-7407


Agency Coastal and Marine Geology TeamU.S.  Geological Survey, MS 999
Contact 345 Middlefield RoadMenlo Park, CA  94025Voice:  (650) 329-5327Fax:  (650) 329-5190


Agency Environmental Careers Organization
Contact Internship Program Coordinator1218 Third Avenue, Suite 1515

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 625-1750

Fax:  (206) 625-9246

Description ECO is a national non-profit organization that places college students and recent graduates into paid professional environmental internships across the country.  The internships are sponsored by federal agencies, non-profit organizations, or businesses and corporations.  In 2000, over 600 college students and recent graduates were placed into paid environmental internships, at no cost to students, with agencies like Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Department of Energy.


Agency ESRI


Contact (303) 357-1005
Description Through the GeoCorps America Program, GSA places all levels of geoscientists—college students, professionals, and retirees—in temporary summer positions with the National Parks Service, USDA Forest Service, and geoscience companies. Supervisors send position descriptions to GSA, GSA posts the positions and recruits applicants through the GSA web site, a multi-agency selection committee screens applicants, and supervisors interview top candidates by phone and make the final selection. Participants receive a stipend and housing (or housing allowance) during their assignment.The GeoCorps program dates back to 1997 when, through a partnership with the National Parks Service’s Geologist-In-the-Parks Program, GSA placed two college-level students in summer internships in the national parks. By the year 2000, the program was redesigned and renamed the GeoCorps America™ Program. Since then, the number of geoscientists placed in temporary positions has steadily increased from two in 1997 to 38 in 2003.


Agency GITA Geospatial Information & Technology Association
Contact GITA14456 East Evans Avenue

Aurora, CO 80014Phone (303) 337-0513

Fax (303) 337-1001



Agency IE3 Global Internships
Contact (541)
Description IE3 Global Internships (formerly Global Graduates – The Oregon International Internship Program) was created by the Oregon University System to provide university students with an improved understanding of global issues and equip them with professional experience and international competence. Since the beginning of the program in 1995, over 800 interns have participated in the program.Students earn academic credit on their home campuses while abroad on their internship. IE3 Global Internships arranges placement and provides pre-departure orientation, international health insurance, learning tools, monitoring and support. A program fee is charged in lieu of tuition. The program fee includes academic credit (up to 12 quarter credit hours the first term). Most forms of financial aid can be applied toward the costs of an internship.


Agency Lane Council of Governments
Contact 99 East Broadway, Suite 400
Eugene, Oregon 97401-3111
Phone: (541) 682-4283
Fax: (541) 682-4099

Description The Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) is a voluntary association of local governments in Lane County, Oregon. Dedicated to solving area-wide problems, LCOG helps area cities, Lane County, educational districts, and special-purpose districts reach their common goals. In addition, the agency serves as a regional planning, coordination, program-development, and service-delivery organization. Over the years, LCOG has dealt with many important issues, programs, and projects that affect local government. Typically, LCOG has conducted or facilitated the multi-jurisdictional planning and program development necessary to solve problems or provide services.


Agency Long Tom Watershed Council
Contact 751 South Danebo Avenue Eugene, Oregon 97402
Phone: (541) 683-6578
Fax: (541) 683-6998


Agency McKenzie Watershed Council
Contact P.O. Box 53Springfield, Oregon 97477(541) 687-9076

Description It is the Mission of the Council to foster better stewardship of the McKenzie Watershed resources through voluntary partnerships and collaboration.The Council’s Vision is that the McKenzie River Watershed supports exceptional water quality and habitats in balance with human economic livelihood and quality of life.


Agency Museum of Natural History, University of Oregon
Description The MNH Education Internships are an opportunity for students to make a significant contribution to the outreach and public activities put on by the Museum of Natural History.Minimum requirements for this internship include leading tours for groups of all ages, working at special events, and other museum functions as needed. Personalized projects and increased responsibilities will be encouraged and interns will be able to aid in the development and implementation of new programs and tour activities approved by the department. The MNH Education Internship can be taken for 1-2 upper division credits.


Agency National Geographic
Contact Geography Intern Program, National Geographic Society1145 17th Street, N. W.Washington, D. C. 20036

Description Eligibility:  Geography and cartography majors at United States colleges and universities who are currently enrolled in their junior or senior year or in a master’s degree program.Purpose of program:  To furnish students with a professional learning experience through participation in various projects aimed at the diffusion of geographic knowledge.  Interns are given the opportunity to apply knowledge and classroom techniques to practical publication procedures or other geographic outreach projects.Intern responsibility: Interns may be assigned to work in one of the many divisions within the Society such as, one of the magazines, books, or maps.  Assignments may also include work on an increasing number of geographic outreach projects projects.


Agency Student Conservation Association
Contact The Student Conservation Association1800 N. Kent Street #1260

Arlington, VA 22209

(603) 543-1700


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the leader in national resource conservation, providing service opportunities, outdoor skills and leadership training to thousands of young women and men each year.

In all 50 states, high school , college, graduate students and others join together through SCA to care for our national parks and forests, historic and cultural resources, and urban green spaces — the benefits of which extend far beyond our environment:

-SCA participants practice leadership and teamwork, rise to new challenges, and gain valuable experience
-Our resource management partners achieve more of their critical conservation goals
-Hikers, campers and other visitors enjoy a richer wilderness experience
-SCA’s many supporters exercise a direct hand in building the next generation of conservation leaders


Agency Siuslaw Watershed Council
Description The Siuslaw Watershed Council is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that began with a focus on the development of community efforts to restore and protect watershed health, water quality, and native fish populations.  They are one of over 90 watershed councils in Oregon that participate in the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, a comprehensive, statewide initiative that stresses cooperation to restore and protect healthy function of Oregon’s natural aquatic systems.Some of the many concerns they are dealing with include: Water sampling to identify the impacts of lead (from lead fishing sinkers)  on the ecological health of aquatic communities.  Study of the fresh water mussels currently suffering form low numbers and an unusual (and apparently fatal) physiological anomaly.  A landscape wide study of the Swamp Creek drainage looking at hydrology, land use history, identifying and mapping plant and animal communities, leading to a restoration design.


Agency U.S. Forest Service
Contact USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory3200 SW Jefferson Way

Corvallis, OR 97331

(541) 750-7326

Agency US Geological SurveyEarth Science Corps, MS 513
Contact Reston, VA 20192Phone 1 800 254-8040Email
Description The Earth Science Corps consists of private citizens who devote some of their time to provide science information to the Federal Government.  Members may be invited to participate in projects within mutually determined work areas.  In a few case they may be invited to work in other areas with expenses paid.


Agency World Wildlife Fund
Contact World Wildlife Fund-US1250 24th St. NWWashington, DC 20037(202) 778-9507

Description Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2 million members in the U.S. and another 4 million worldwide, WWF is the world’s largest privately financed conservation organization.WWF directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: saving endangered species, protecting endangered habitats and addressing global threats such as toxic pollution, over-fishing and climate change. From working to save the giant panda and bringing back the Asian rhino to establishing and helping to manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 40 years.


Agency Yellowstone National Park
Contact Yellowstone Center for ResourcesPO Box 168Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190(307) 344-2215

Description Around 3500 employees are hired every year in Yellowstone to provide service for the nearly 3 million visitors who annually visit the park. A wide variety of different types of jobs are available throughout the park – with dormitory-style housing frequently provided. Wages vary with the type of position and skill required. The National Park Service (NPS) and the concessionaires hire employees either full-time or seasonally (summer and winter). Most employment extends from the beginning of June through Labor Day, with some seasonal positions lasting up to six months. Volunteer positions can also be found with the NPS and the Student Conservation Association.