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Careers and Internships


What can you do with a degree in geography? Find out here (PDF) and here (PDF), as well as in the Association of American Geographers Online Career Guide.

Also, take a look at an article from Nature on careers for geoscientists.

Geography in the Workforce: Good News to Share (PDF)

Research Opportunities (Paid and Unpaid)

Compton Mentor Fellowship

(More Info)

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

An eight-week Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming and Local Food Systems
Center for local food and farming
Email for more information:

Harvard University, Harvard Forest

(Summer Research Program)

HERO Fellowship, Clark University

(More Info)

Operation Wallacea, Various Locations

(More Info)
Deadline: Check website for dates, visit to campus by a representative usually occur during fall semester

The Polaris Project, Siberia

(More Info) or contact Prof. Karen Frey

The Sevilleta LTER (Long Term Ecological Research), New Mexico

(Sevilleta(Long Term Ecological Research))
Summer Research Experience

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Greater Research Opportunities Program

Undergraduate fellowships for B.A. level students in environmental fields of study

Scholarships and Awards

Gamma Theta Upsilon


Geospatial Information and Technology Association- New England

(Hank Emery Scholarship)
The Scholarship offered in Hank’s name is for $2,000. This scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New England college, university or technical institute that has a good scholastic aptitude and a genuine interest in pursuing a future in geospatial information & technology

Marble- Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Award in Geographic Science

(AAG Marble Fund)

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

(Udall-Undergraduate Scholarship)

Peter J. Condakes Research Fellowship

(More Info)

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

(USGIF Scholarship)

Internships (Paid)

Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

(Conservation Law Foundation)
Variety of internships available
Rolling application process

EPA, Boston, MA Region

Variety of Summer Internships Available

ESRI, Redlands, CA & regional offices

(ESRI-Summer Internship Program)
Interns will gain personal and professional skills with GIS Software and team projects as well as the chance to take free software training courses.

Geospatial Information and Technology Association-New England

(Ed Forrest Internship Program)
Internship is designed for students committed to the study of GIS and wish to obtain practical experience in the field.'

The National Council for Science and the Environment

(NCSE Campus to Careers & NCSE Jobs and Internships)
Paid 3 month summer internship

NCSE's Campus to Careers Program

(Climate Change Internship Program)
C2C is hiring an intern for it's National Park Service at the Russell Cave National Monument, AL. The intern will work assessing prehistoric climate conditions from soil samples.

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

(More Info)

Northwest Connections

(More Info)

Sap Bush Hollow Farm

(More Info)
Various possible internships available, all associated with agricultural and livestock operations.

Student Conservation Association

(Student Conservation Association)
Multiple internships with various deadlines. Positions available in nearly every state.

Smart Growth America

(Smart Growth America)
Multiple paid internships with various deadlines

Internships (Unpaid)


Offers both internship and volunteer programs in Madagascar related to conservation, sustainable livelihoods, community development, etc.
Email for more information:

Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA

(Conservation Law Foundation)
Variety of internships available
Rolling application process

The Ecotarium, Worcester, MA

(The Ecotarium)
Variety of internships available
Rolling application process

The Encyclopedia of Earth, Various Locations

(Encyclopedia of Earth)
Interns will add content to the online encyclopedia about the earth, develop content for the Student Science Communication Project and assist the Editorial Board and staff.
Deadline: For Fall Internship- Late August- September
For Spring Internship- Early December

Environment Massachusetts, Boston, MA

(Environment Massachusetts)
Variety of internships available
Rolling application process

Governor's Office, Boston, MA

(Governor's Office)
Variety of internships available
Deadline: Check website for future dates and deadlines.


Variety of internships available
Deadline: For Fall Internships- August 1st
For Summer Internships- April 23rd

Living on Earth, Somerville, MA

(Living on Earth)
Interns are introduced to broadcast media and assist with various phases of story production for the weekly one-hour environmental news program.

Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts

Several internships learning about and working on urban agriculture, community gardens and markets, and youth agriculture.

School of the Americas Watch

(School of the Americas Watch)
Three internship opportunities currently available in the Washington, D.C office for the summer and fall.

Summer of Solutions, Worcester, MA

(Summer of Soultions)
Full-time internship or volunteer work on training in community organizing and sustainable community development techniques.

Student Conservation Association

(Student Conservation Association)
Multiple internships with various deadlines. Positions available in nearly every state.

Town of Franklin, Franklin, MA

(Department of Planning and Community Development)

Additional Opportunities


Mercy Corps

(Browse for internships and jobs)

NESTVAL Conference

(More Info)
Usually held during fall semester

Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium

Registration opens Nov. and ends March

Regional Environmental Council

(Regional Environmental Council)
Farmer's Market Coordinator

Orion Grassroots Network

(Orion Grassroots Network)
A Database of multiple internships and jobs with various deadlines. Some in Cambridge and Framingham, MA.

Triumvirate Environmental, Somerville, MA

(Triumvirate) (Job Opening) (Organization's Focus & Vision)
Currently seeking entry-level candidates for environmental health and safety position

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