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ESA-USGS Cooperative Summer Internship Program

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Academic Level:
For most summer research programs, this is your upcoming status as of the fall. Always check with the individual program's website for details.

Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

This program is modeled after a similar partnership with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), which was implemented in 1965. The agency is now seeking to expand the program to students trained in biological or ecological field methods. The USGS is the science arm of the Department of the Interior. The agency has 8,000 employees across all states and territories and mission areas in ecosystems, environmental health, water, and climate, as well as the traditional geologic areas like natural hazards, energy, geology, and minerals. Field biologists study plants, animals, bugs, and ecosystems. The agency is seeking to create a pathway whereby students with excellent training in biological field methods can be nominated and apply for summer internships at USGS. Selected applicants will be offered internships at available field, laboratory, or office related scientific positions throughout the country for up to 5 months. USGS places interns wherever the project scientists need them.

Students must first be nominated by faculty or directors of field training courses or experiences. Students interested should contact the faculty or director of the field course or program completed within the last six months.

The following experiences may qualify as excellent field training:

-a 4-6 credit hour course, taught in the field in which students learn to make observations, collect and analyze data. An average of 40 hours of field training is expected.

-a series of lab experiences across multiple courses that together may add up a 4-6 credit hour course; or

-a research experience of 10 or more weeks where the student participates in field research.

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nationwide program

Participating Institution(s):
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Ecological Society of America (ESA) (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Natural Resources
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems

Climate Change
Ecosystem Science
Environmental Biology
Fisheries Management
Habitat Mapping
Invasive Species
Land Change
Natural Resoruces

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of the Interior

Page last updated 3/16/2023
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