An internship can give you valuable experience and could even be a gateway to a great career.  Our students have had great success landing internships with private industry as well as government agencies and NGOs (non-government organizations).

How do you get an internship? There are several ways to obtain an internshp: A business or organization may contact UMW or our department and we will try to match the internship’s profile with the interests of our students.  Or a student may contact someone in industry or government and arrange for an internship own their own.  Many of our graduates now hold positions in industry and call our department with internship offers.  Talk to any Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty member to find out more about internships or visit UMW’s Center for Career and Professional Development’s Internship page.

Recent internship announcements:

American Geological Institute (Deadline: October 15, 2018)  AGI’s Geoscience Policy team would like to invite geoscience and geo-engineering students and entry level graduates to apply for the Spring 2019 Geoscience Policy Internship.  Application deadline: October 15, 2018.

Baja Basins International Research Experiences for Students in Mexico (Deadline: September 20, 2018)


Field and applied research on the Gulf of California Rift Margin Basins.  Click here for more information (by the way, due to a slow update to last year’s page, this link may indicate that the internship is closed; however applications ARE being accepted until at least Sept. 20, 2018).  Apply here.



Recent internships:

emma-duncan-3During the summer of 2017, Environmental Geology student Emma Duncan (pictured at right) developed, tested and published a website for the recently-established Crow’s Nest Research Center. She also had the opportunity to tour the site and prepare a map of trails on the property. Emma says about the experience, “Throughout my internship experience, I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the time I spent working on this project.”



A partial list of other organizations with which our students have interned recently: City of Fredericksburg, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Resources Conservation Services, Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Friends of the Rappahannock, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Marstel-Day Consultants, U.S. Geological Survey, Greenpeace, and The Chesapeake Climate Action Network.