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Careers and Internships

Careers

What can you do with a degree in Geography?

Click here for Geography career information and here for Environmental Science career information (for ESS students).

Other Resources:
Association of American Geographers (AAG) Jobs & Careers
Geoscientist career information: article from Nature
Geography in the Workforce: Good News to Share

Research Opportunities (Paid and Unpaid)

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is an agricultural education nonprofit based in Ithaca, NY, operating under the Center for Transformative Action and EcoVillage at Ithaca and serving the broader Finger Lakes area. Our core work is nurturing the next generation of farmers and cultivating knowledgeable "food citizens" through experience based educational programs. We inspire people and promote positive change in collaboration with, and with support from diverse doners, experienced area farmers, local educational institutions, granting agencies, a broad range of non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunites

Harvard University, Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges.

Now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Program.

HERO Fellowship, Clark University

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate-faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors. Click here for more information.

Operation Wallacea, Various Locations

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes. Research is supported by students who join the programme, to strengthen their CV or resume or collect data for a dissertation or thesis. Academics benefit from funding for high quality fieldwork enabling them to publish papers in peer reviewed journals. This model enables the collection of large temporal and spatial datasets used for assessing the effectiveness of conservation management interventions.

Click here for Research Assistant Information

Sevilleta LTER (Long Term Ecological Research)

The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Application deadline is February 10, 2015.

Click here to learn more Sevilleta LTER (Long Term Ecological Research)

Scholarships and Awards

Gamma Theta Upsilon

The International Geographic Honor Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) annually offers scholarships to GTU members. View their website for more information on current scholarship offerings. Click here to learn more about becoming a member of GTU as an undergraduate student.

Peter J. Condakes Summer Research Fellowship Award

This award is open to undergraduate Geography, Global Environmental Studies (GES), and Earth System Science (ESS) majors with an interest in environmental concerns. The recipients of this fellowship will each receive a $1,500 stipend to support a summer research project. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Condakes, an alumnus and Geography major from the class of 1978. 

Click here to learn how to apply for this award.
Application materials must be submitted by March 16, 2015.

Internships and Jobs (Paid and Unpaid)

Conservation Law Foundation

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation.

Click here to see current employment and internship opportunities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you. Internships, fellowships, and other opportunities are available at our Washington D.C. headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation. Want to learn more about what EPA interns actually do? Read some of their blog posts.

Click here for Student Internship Opportunities

ESRI

Interns work on challenging projects with experienced team members throughout the company. Internships are typically located at our headquarters in Redlands, CA, but may also be available at other Esri Offices.

Summer Internships

Lois and Robert Green Internship

The Urban Development and Social Change Program is pleased to offer a paid summer internship for a continuing Clark undergraduate student, made possible by a generous endowed fund established by Clark alumni Lois and Robert Green. The Intern will assist a Worcester City Councilor or the staff of a Worcester city government agency or non-profit organization with a variety of projects and activities aimed at addressing issues of concern to residents of Worcester. The stipend for the internship is $2,800 for six weeks of full-time work (35–40 hours per week) or part-time work over a longer period of time, beginning sometime in June or July. The starting and completion dates will be decided jointly by the internship supervisor and the intern. Additional information about the internship can be obtained from Professor Sharon Krefetz in the Department of Political Science, Jefferson Academic Center, Room 304.

Completed applications and letters of recommendation are due to Rachel Levitt, the UDSC Program Assistant (Jefferson 220 B) by 5:00 PM Thursday, February 26th, 2015. Click here to learn more.

The National Council for Science and the Environment

Click here to view NCSE's list of internship postings

Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve needs volunteers of any age and with a variety of backgrounds to help grow our programs and expand our ability to make meaningful improvements to Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Read about the volunteer offerings below and if you still don't see the right match for you, please contact the Reserve.

Click here to learn more about ways to get involved (Volunteer Opportunities)

NOAA Fellows Program

Scientists and managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2015. Opportunities are available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Available internship opportunities for summer 2015 may be found at http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/internships/.

Click here for more details.
Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

Northwest Connections

Northwest Connections hosts a diversity of internships that range from 3-6 months. We give preference to our alumni for these positions. Interns typically learn new skills in education, field work, communications and non-profit leadership while assisting with Northwest Connections programs.

Click here for 2015 internship opportunities

Office of Insular Affairs (Washington)

Washington, D.C. – The Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today announced Summer 2015 openings in the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) for post-secondary level students to participate in an Insular Affairs Internship Program. The program is modelled closely after President Obama’s Pathways Program launched four years ago to improve recruiting efforts, offer clear paths to Federal internships for students, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. Click here to view more information.

Student applicants, who have completed 2 full years of post-high school study will learn about the workings of Washington, D.C., through first-hand experience at the Office of Insular Affairs and work closely with the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas and other OIA leaders on federal issues impacting the insular areas. Those interested may apply online through USAJOBS.

The application period opened on January 8th, 2015, and will close on January 23rd, 2015. Students from the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States who have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree are highly encouraged to apply.

Sevilleta LTER (Long Term Ecological Research)

The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Summer Interns. Application deadline is March 20, 2015.
The summer program includes a seminar series, a journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, and optional field trips. Students will work with researchers at the Sevilleta collecting data, setting up field experiments, collecting and sorting biomass, and taking apart old field experiments.

Sevilleta LTER Summer Internships

Student Conservation Association

An SCA position provides an opportunity to discover the challenges and rewards of a career in conservation. SCA offers internships and crew experiences in over 30 conservation-related disciplines. It’s a chance to find out which path best suits you, and how you can put your passion for conserving nature into practice.

Click here to view SCA internship postings

Smart Growth America

The National Complete Streets Coalition is seeking a Complete Streets Fellow. This is a tremendous opportunity for a recent graduate to take on significant responsibility while learning about transportation reform issues and working directly with a variety of well-known leaders and organizations in the field.

The National Complete Streets Coalition is working for adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies at the federal, state, and local level. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.

To find out more about complete streets visit Complete Streets. The Coalition shares office space and is staffed by Smart Growth America.

To view all the openings with details for how to apply, check out our jobs and internships page.

Town of Franklin, Massachusetts

Planning and Design Review Program Coordinator
Hiring Range: $19.25 to $22.50 per hour, based on experience
Posted: January 16, 2015 until filled

Under direct supervision of the Director of Planning and Community Development, with day to day direction from the Town Planner, the Planning and Design Review Program Coordinator will provide specialized technical and administrative support, and excellent customer service in support of the Department of Planning and Community Development, Planning Board, Design Review Commission and other Town of Franklin Boards, Committees, and Commissions as may be required.

Essential Functions:
• Partner with Planning staff on project management, program management, grant proposal writing, economic development marketing and outreach, and drafting of planning documents.
• Coordinate, organize and distribute all documents necessary for Planning Board and Design Review Meetings.
• Responsible for complete processing of Planning Board and Design Review Commission applications.
• Review and suggest modification as needed to all Design Review applications for compliance with Town of Franklin Zoning Bylaws and other pertinent regulations.
• Attend and maintain records for all Design Review Commission meetings (generally held bi-monthly on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM) and for Planning Board as may be required.
• Write Design Review Commission decisions for general business items.
• Regularly provide excellent customer service, including responding to information inquiries, and providing recommendations to applicants.
• Researches technical subjects including land use, housing, socioeconomic data and economic development to provide essential information for planning purposes.
Required Qualifications: (Minimum):
Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or similar field plus one year of planning or design related experience or equivalent.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume or application to apply@franklin.ma.us. By mail to Human Resources, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Azafady

Offers both internship and volunteer programs in Madagascar related to conservation, sustainable livelihoods, community development, etc.

Click here for more information.

The Ecotarium, Worcester, MA

EcoTarium offers a dynamic work environment with many benefits and opportunities for learning. Unpaid, for-credit internships are also available in many areas of the museum.

Click here to see current openings

Environment America

What do interns with Environment America interns do? You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.

Click here to see current openings

Governor's Office, Boston, MA

Have an interest in public service? Want to spend time gaining a valuable experience and first hand education in the inner-workings of government? Governor Deval Patrick’s Office is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students interested in a hands-on experience in our Commonwealth’s government.

Click here to learn more

Greenpeace

Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

As a Greenpeace intern, you not only get to work on a daily basis with experienced environmental activists, but you will also be able to participate in trainings such as campaigns, non-violent direct action, corporate research, media relations, and more. In addition, all interns based in the Washington, DC or San Francisco offices participate in a full-day group orientation to the organization at the start of the semester.

Many Greenpeace interns have later obtained employment with Greenpeace and at a wide range of environmental organizations and government agencies. Click here for a partial list of organizations and agencies that our intern alumni have found employment with.

Also, check out this blog post about our summer semester Student Network Intern's exciting first 2 weeks at Greenpeace.

Click here to learn more

Living on Earth, Somerville, MA

A Living on Earth internship provides an invaluable introduction to broadcast media. Each semester, we rely on a handful of bright, capable interns to contribute to our award-winning program, and experience first-hand what goes on behind the scenes of a nationally-distributed public radio news magazine. Interns work in our office in downtown Boston.

Click here to see current openings

Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts

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

Click here to learn more

School of the Americas Watch

We are a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA, now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC), and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for their inspiration and the invitation to accompany them in their struggle for economic and social justice.

Our staff is made up of paid, unpaid, full-time, and part-time activists who are all dedicated to this work. Interns have played a critical role in the campaign to close the School of the Americas. While these positions are unpaid, financial assistance for housing and transportation is available.

All of the internships and volunteer opportunities listed are offered at the SOA Watch Washington DC office, which is located on the Metro Bus' 70 line in Petworth.

Click here to learn more

Additional Opportunities

CONFERENCES, INTERNSHIPS, JOBS

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Conference

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Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference

This year's meeting will take place in Chicago, Illinois from April 21-25.

Click here to learn more

NESTVAL Conference

The New England-Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society conference takes place every year, typically in the fall semester.

Click here to learn more

Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium

Click here to learn more

Orion Grassroots Network

A Database of multiple internships and jobs with various deadlines. Some in Cambridge and Framingham, MA

Click here to learn more


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