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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. Additionally, both the department and Geography & Atmospheric Science student organizations and clubs offer resources and career-related events. 

Job Title

GIS Intern

Posted February 20, 2018
Application Deadline Continuous


City of Olathe
Location Olathe, KS
 Assist with GIS map production and other related work. 
 GPS field data collection. 
 Correction of Utilities data within SDE environment. 
 Other related support activities.  
 Perform duties and responsibilities as required.
Experience:  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Good computer skills required.  Past work or
education using ESRI suite of products.
Education:  High school diploma or GED.
Salary / Benefits 



Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/olathe/promotionaljobs?page=2​ (ID: 201800053)

Job Title

GIS Summer Intern- 2018

Posted N/A
Application Deadline N/A


CHA Consulting, INC
Location Albany, NY


  • GIS Mapping.
  • GIS Data Management.
  • Metadata preparation.
  • GPS / Tablet Equipment Coordination


  • Must be in the process of obtaining Bachelor’s degree in Geography or a closely related degree. Must be enrolled in college during fall 2018.
  • Experience using GIS software is preferred.
  • Ability to work on a team.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.
Salary / Benefits 



Apply athttps://jobs-challp.icims.com/jobs/3834/gis-summer-intern---2018/job (ID: 3834)

Job Title

Student Trainee- Geography

Posted February 6, 2018
Application Deadline March 6, 2018


US Army Corps of Engineers
Location Kansas City, MO


To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-04, students must have completed least two years of education above high school. The education your have completed will be used to meet the requirements for a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job. (Transcripts are required at application. See the education section below.)

To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-05, students must have completed least four years of education above high school. The education I have completed will be used to meet the requirements for a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job such as - geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. (Transcripts are required at application. See the education section below for more information.)


As an intern, you will be assigned to a senior specialist or group of specialists. You will be assigned tasks designed to familiarize you with different aspects of the occupation. Tasks will vary depending on the senior specialist's current workload, but may include the following:

  • Perform various geography related duties
  • Assist with data collection
  • Compose written reports on geography.
  • Conduct oral presentations on geography.
Salary / Benefits 

$30,036 to $43,688 per year


Apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490436500 (ID: 490436500) 

Job Title

Student Trainee-Hydrology

Posted January 10, 2018
Application Deadline January 31, 2018


US Geological Survey
Location Green Bay, WI


This internship is geared toward students majoring in one of the following areas of study: Hydrology, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Earth Science, or other area of Natural Resources. 

For more information on basic qualifications, please click on the following: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/1316.html.

GS-03: All applicants must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-03 level:

A. Six months of general experience of any kind that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation; **OR

B. Successful completion of 1 year of study (30 semester hours/45 quarter hours) that included at least one course in subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics; 

Duties include: 

--Gathering hydrologic data concerning quantity, quality, availability, and movement/distribution of water.

--Developing hydrologic and precipitation data for projects.

--Computing stream discharge.

--Calculating sediment, chemical, and biological concentrations and physical characteristics.

--Operating, maintaining, and servicing hydrologic recording and measuring instruments.

Salary / Benefits  GS-03: $12.74 per hour (Step 01) to $16.56 per hour (Step 10

GS-04: $14.30 per hour (Step 01) to $18.59 per hour (Step 10)

Apply athttps://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488130900 (ID: 488130900) 

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.

  • 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

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 at: https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/intern-graphic-design....

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