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Geology and Environmental Science Internships & Research Opportunities

Internships earn college credit (through GEO 445 - Geosciences Internship), and some positions also provide monetary remuneration, at the discretion of the employer.

  • U.S. National Park Service (e.g., White Sands)Woodbury & Pietro Surveying | Fall 2015
  • U.S. Department of Energy (West Valley Nuclear Site)
  • U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (Jamestown)
  • Scientists in Parks program through GSA
  • GeoCorps America program through GSA
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (Olean; Dunkirk)
  • Fredonia Maintenance and Operations (G.I.S. application)
  • Alleghany County Department of Health
  • Cattaraugus County Department of Health
  • Chautauqua County Department of Health; Department of Planning; Department of Public Works
  • Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works
  • Dunn Geoscience Corp.
  • Gartner Lee, Inc.
  • Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

Environmental Sciences Internships & Research Opportunities

All Environmental Sciences majors are required to complete at least 3-credit hours of "practicum" as part of their graduation requirements. The practicum requirement is an integral aspect of our program as it provides our students with important practical experience they need outside of their classroom learning experiences. Practicum credit can be fulfilled through either an internship or through research with a faculty adviser, though students are strongly advised to participate in an internship.

Important Internship Opportunity Links

New York Leaders: Student Intern ProgramNew York State Department of Civil Service is now requiring that student interns use the New New York Leaders: Student Intern Program portal to request internships with state agencies. The portal will function as the primary/single source location where agency internship opportunities will be posted and applications will be accepted.
GSA's Geoscience Job BoardThe Geological Society of America runs this job board, which includes opportunities for professionals and students.  Opportunities for students include graduate opportunities, internships and summer field work. 
Student Conservation AssociationProvides students of all ages in the USA the opportunity to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities.
Texas A&M Job BoardThe job/internships/masters research that get listed on the site stretches a variety of programs, with the majority being environmental and biology related.
Es_job_net ListservThe Earth Sciences Job Email list, sponsored by the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN), could post opportunities for both professionals and students. Any student opportunities (e.g. internship, job) can become available.  


Internships Play Increasing Role In Future Employment

From ASEE: Under the headline "Interns Get A Head Start In Competition For Jobs," the Wall Street Journal (5/16, Light, Subscription Publication) reports that more and more entry-level positions are being filled by people who formerly interned with the companies advertising the openings. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the percentage has risen from 30% in 2005 to 40% last year. At some companies that number is even higher, although experts say in some cases the percentage is skewed by slower overall hiring. Still, they add, the finding emphasizes the growing importance of internships to students' post-education job prospects.

The Record (NJ) (5/15, Macinnes) reported NACE "last month reported that responding companies converted, on average, nearly 58 percent of their interns into full-time hires, up from two years ago, when businesses converted 53 percent of their internships." And while the job outlook is brightening, competition remains fierce, which is leading some students to begin "their internships and work experience earlier - forgoing vacation plans even as early as freshman year."

A related article in the Evansville (IN) Courier & Press (5/16, Langhorne), on the 2011 Job Outlook Spring Update from the NACE, reported the association found "that 174 of its employer members indicate they plan to hire an average of 19.3 percent more graduates this year than they did last year," and that the ratio of applications to job openings has fallen from last year by roughly half. "Employers are, as always, keenly interested in hiring graduates with technical majors," the article noted. Gene Wells, director of Career Services at the University of Evansville, said that internships were important even for in-demand majors such as engineering. "One of the things about engineering and business and in health sciences, is that you're working toward your career aspirations essentially from the beginning," he explained.

A Path to Green Jobs | Careers in Sustainability

Our students have completed internships through:

  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation,
  • Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (CLEREL),
  • Student Conservation Association,
  • Ecology and Environment,
  • EagleMountain Scientific,
  • Chautauqua Institution,
  • Sequoia ForestKeeper,
  • Food & Water Watch,
  • Dunkirk Bio-Electric,
  • Forecon, Inc.,
  • National Park Service,
  • Energy Justice Network,
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute,
  • Center for Environmental Information,
  • Chautauqua County Department of Health,
  • Hamburg Natural History Society (Penn Dixie),
  • Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District,
  • National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences

  • 150 Houghton Hall State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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