University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Alum Andrew Turgeon Lands National Geographic Internship

Andrew Turgeon at work at NG.
Recent alum Andrew Turgeon left the Green Mountain state for the D.C. metro area and an experience that UVM's Geography Department prepared him well for. "I form part of the Geo Bee crew, researching and editing questions for the school-, state- and national-level Geography Bee," says Turgeon of his internship at National Geographic. What does a day in the life of a NG intern look like? "I spend most of my day poring over atlases, almanacs and online resources to make sure every facet of a question and answer is factually correct. I have also spent time brainstorming ideas and developing content for the image/graphic rounds of the Bee with my fellow crew members. That has involved a lot of play on Google Earth and the National Geographic digital image archive, two extraordinary and vast resources." Beyond his work in the Competitions Department, Turgeon has also been able to volunteer for National Geographic sponsored events and has met some of the key leaders in the Society's image, map and magazine departments. "My fellow Geography Interns and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time both at the Society and out in the D.C. metro area, spending time together at festivals, music clubs, farmer's markets and even kayaking on the Potomac River! Interning with National Geographic is a dream come true for me and I want to thank the Geography Department at UVM for preparing me for this enriching opportunity." Learn more about department internship opportunities.