• Home
  • Resources
  • Internships


There are many great opportunities to gain experience through internships in both Geography and Atmospheric Science. Options include short- and long-term, paid and unpaid, and some positions may lead to permanent jobs. The most recent positions are listed first. Note that both Geography and Atmospheric Science positions are listed on this page. For more internship resources, please check out the KU Career Center's Internship Resources page, which includes listings, information on credit, internships abroad, and more.

Job Title

Summer Research Intern

Posted N/A
Application Deadline February 1, 2018


Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research 
Location Boulder, CO


SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.

Selection Considerations

SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

A successful candidate should

  • Have a major in atmospheric science or a related field such as the geosciences, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science; and a plan to pursue a career in atmospheric or a related science
  • Have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining after the initial summer program (graduating seniors are not eligible to apply)
  • Have U.S.-citizen or permanent-resident status
  • Be comfortable with all internship requirements
Salary / Benefits  Benefits in the summer include a competitive wage, housing, and travel to / from Boulder; as well as funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education throughout the year.

Apply athttp://www.soars.ucar.edu/apply/

Job Title


Posted October 3, 2017
Application Deadline October 26, 2017


San Diego Association of Governments
Location San Diego, CA

Intern Responsibilities

With the guidance and mentoring of senior staff, these positions will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in the use of data compilation visualization, dissemination, and analysis methods. Examples of intern responsibilities may include:

  • Contribute to the research, collection, and compilation of project and program data; ensure the accuracy of information; maintain databases and documentation.
  • Assist with data analysis, including statistical calculations; participate in estimating/forecasting potential trends.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, summaries, correspondence, and presentations.
  • Assist with the creation of maps and conduct GIS spatial analyses; assist with conducting field surveys with GPS devices.
  • Assist with spatially enabling tabular, hard copy mapping, or other source information through geocoding, geo-referencing, digitizing, or other methods.
  • Assist in acquiring, transforming, and integrating socioeconomic data used for land use and transportation models.
  • Assist with developing SQL queries, stored procedures, and other database related tasks.


SANDAG staff are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. We look for the same qualities in interns. To be most successful in these positions, our ideal candidates will have the following education, experience, and attributes:

  • Graduate level coursework in geography, computer science, economics, planning, or a related field.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated use of ESRI ArcGIS software; experience with MS Access and SQL Server databases is desirable.
  • Ability to creatively use technology to solve data processing and business process problems.
  • Ability to complete assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.
  • Advanced computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet research; experience with programming, especially Python or Java, is desirable. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level research position.
Salary / Benefits  $13.50/hour

Apply athttp://www.sandag.org/index.asp?jobid=483&fuseaction=jobs.detail

Job Title

Data Systems Intern

Posted October 23, 2017
Application Deadline Until Position is Filled


City of Lawrence
Location Lawrence, KS

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The position will assist the GIS Coordinator with a variety of cross-departmental duties related the city's Geographic Information Systems using Esri software and extensions during the 2017 fall & spring semester with the possibility of continuing into summer.  Key job duties include map creation to fulfill requests, data entry and map updates and work towards long-term GIS goals.  Other assignments may include, but not limited to, web map creation, geoprocessing & model building, field survey and data acquisition utilizing GPS equipment and/or tablets & analysis in support of project design & GIS mapping functions.  The GIS Intern will be exposed to the workflows and data structures as well as more in-depth understanding of GIS technology in local government.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest GIS software and equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS: A student currently enrolled in Geography, Engineering, Computer Science or related degree.  The preferred candidate will have at least one course in GIS, Cartography, GPS, Remote Sensing, Urban Planning, Engineering and/or other education and/or experience.  Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license, the ability to pass background check, and capable of operating a City vehicle.  Applicant should be well organized and detail-oriented.  Positive, responsible, safety oriented and interpersonal approach with people.  Knowledge of computers, spreadsheets and database programs desired.  The successful candidate must pass the background check.

HOURS:  10-20 Hours Per Week.  The Work Schedule is flexible with student’s school schedule.

Salary / Benefits  $12.00/hour


Job Title

GIS Technician GLOBE Intern

Posted N/A
Application Deadline January 12, 2018


The Nature Conservancy
Location Maitland, FL



•    Follow workflows for updating the freshwater network node

•    Understand and manipulate data files; symbolize them; and join data, among other things, to prepare data in the format needed for the freshwater network online apps.





•    HS Diploma or equivalent.  Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2016, 2017, or 2018) of Conservation, Environmental Studies, Hydrology, Water Science, Geography, GIS Studies or related field, or equivalent

•    Experience with written and oral communication

•    Experience using online maps

•    Experience or familiarity in ArcGIS desktop




•    Experience understanding, manipulating, and mapping various kinds of spatial data

•    Experience completing tasks and projects independently

•    Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks

•    Training in writing clear metadata descriptions

•    Perseverance in the face of technical difficulties

Salary / Benefits  $12.50/hour for undergraduates, $14.50 for graduate and recently graduated students

Apply athttps://careers.nature.org/psc/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_...

Job Title

Undergraduate Internship Program - Cartographer, Editor, Graphic or Interactive Designer

Posted Ongoing 
Application Deadline N/A


Central Intelligence Agency
Location Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a variety of majors, including geography, geo-science, graphic or interactive/UI/UX design, English, journalism, or communications. Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and be continuing school on a fulltime basis following this assignment. Interns should be available for a 90-day internship with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Knowledge of industry-standard graphic design, interactive design, or cartographic software, and familiarity with mobile and web production is desired.

Interns or Co-ops can work for one 90-day tour, or multiple 90-day tours over the summer and/or during the academic year, depending on the student's availability and on the requirements of the academic program.

The following items must be attached to your online application (pdf formal preferred):

  • Your resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work as a cartographer, graphic or interactive designer, or editor, and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • For graphic and interactive designers: A creative portfolio of two to three samples, demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory. A URL link is preferred over PDF samples. Mobile and web UI/UX samples, via URL, should be included for those interested in interactive design.
  • For Editorial Positions: Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers. You may excerpt longer papers.
  • For Cartographer positions: Two to five map samples. PDF or URL.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.


Salary / Benefits  $42,331 - $44,751 ($20.28 - $21.44 per hour)

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

Apply athttps://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/intern-graphic-design....

Job Title

WDI Master Planning GIS Internship 

Posted September 25, 2017
Application Deadline N/A


Walt Disney Imagineering 
Location Orlando, FL
You will…
  • Provide design and analysis documentation in the form of graphic illustrations, imagery, boards, color renderings and research and documentation on assigned projects
  • Analyze data and prepare GIS maps for land-use planning efforts
  • Work in an Enterprise GIS environment creating, editing data, and configuring geodatabases
  • Using LiDAR and other information resources, assist in developing a GIS database and inventory of existing WDW Parks & Resorts resources collaborating with the Master Planning Studio
  • Coordinate activities that will involve the ability to multi-task and communicate effectively between multiple teams regarding master planning tasks
  • Provide master planning and analysis summaries in the form of technical reports, maps, and research on assigned projects

Basic Qualifications

What you bring to the role…

  • Understanding of land planning and urban development concepts
  • Experience with Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Knowledge of ESRI software products and understanding of cartographic design, GIS map creation, and feature/attribute editing
  • Experience with Autodesk CAD software, with ability to process CAD data for import/export into GIS systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in relevant computer software applications, i.e. Microsoft Office (including Excel and PowerPoint), ArcGIS 10.3 and Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, or Revit
  • Ability to quickly adapt to a fast-paced work environment, work independently and diligently perform and execute tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to generate, with clarity, correspondence regarding complex issue
  • Detail-orientated, and able to quality check documents
  • Well-organized in work preparation for self and others, providing a positive work environment to facilitate the completion and execution of work plans and projects
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication (please have writing samples available)
  • Exceptional visual communication (please have portfolio of GIS maps & work samples available
  • Currently Senior or graduate level student or have graduated within the past 6 months
  • **Valid Driver’s License required**



Salary / Benefits  N/A

Required Education

  • Senior or graduate student from an accredited college/university with advanced studies in Geographic Information Systems, Urban Regional Planning/Design, Landscape Architecture or related field/concentration

Apply athttps://jobs.disneycareers.com/job/orlando/wdi-master-planning-gis-inter...

Job Title

Intern - Planning & Zoning (Community Development)

Posted Ongoing 
Application Deadline October 22, 2017 or until 75 applicants have completed the application process


Village of Schaumburg 
Location Schaumburg, IL (Northwest of Chicago)


Responds to inquiries from the public regarding planning and zoning questions, including preparing zoning verification letters and responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Reviews sign permits and certificates of occupancy to ensure compliance with code. Meets regularly with residents, business owners, contractors, and developers. Assists with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Writes staff reports for special use, variations and other similar requests.  Assists with a variety of planning and zoning projects, with a substantial amount of research and writing responsibilities. Conducts site inspections. Prepares maps using GIS. Updates databases pertaining to properties, licenses, and permits. Performs other duties as assigned. May assist with sustainability-related projects.  Assists with the preparation and implementation of long range comprehensive planning projects and amendments to the various land use control ordinances.



Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, or closely related field.  In process of obtaining or has obtained a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Geography, or a closely related field. Possession of a valid driver’s license. Personal vehicle required with mileage reimbursement. Proficiency with current computer software systems, including email, calendar programs, job specific software, and customer service systems preferred or within the first six months of employment.  Candidates should be detail oriented, self-motivated, and possess superior organization and writing skills. Demonstrate a working knowledge of urban planning principles. Knowledge of and ability to utilize ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems) is preferred.



Conducting site visits to private properties and construction sites. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Prolonged periods of concentration required for preparing reports and other correspondence and reviewing planning documents and drawings. Ability to cope with numerous interruptions.


Salary / Benefits  $19.69/hour

Apply athttps://career4.successfactors.com/career?career_ns=job_listing&company=...

Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today