Summer Opportunities


Summer Geoscience Opportunities

Document Formatting:

  • This document is organized into sections by the “type” of internship each opportunity is: Research, Government, Conservation, Policy & Science Writing, Education, Field Camps, Museums (obviously there will be some overlap).

  • A ‘ * ’ by the internship name indicates if an internship is unpaid.

Quite a few of these opportunities are paid for through grants from the U.S. Government. Unfortunately, this means some (but not all) of them are limited to U.S. citizens, and you’ll need to check their websites to determine eligibility.

Many applications open in early December / late November, and deadlines usually happen from the beginning of January to the beginning of March. It is recommended you ask for rec letters from your professors prior to winter break (for your sanity and theirs).



Wellesley Science Center Summer Research Awards

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)

International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Internships

NASA OSSI (One Stop Shopping Initiative) Internships

Polaris Project at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)

Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program

NASA Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research

National Parks Service Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program

National Parks Service Mosaics In Science

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) - DOE

CalTech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at Scripps*




National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Forest Service (USFS)

Policy & Science Writing

AGI Policy Internships

AGU Policy Intern


Student Conservation Association (SCA)

The Nature Conservancy GLOBE Internship Program

GSA GeoCorps


National Parks Service Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program

Field Camps (usually unpaid)

Katmai and Kamchatka volcanological field school*



Field Museum*

Boston Museum of Science*