University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Student Opportunities

Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement (APLE) in the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has interesting opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate students. We have an active internship program, students occasionally participate in field and laboratory research projects with our faculty, and we offer an honors research thesis program. Geography students also get opportunities during classtime to work with professionals in the field on real-life issues.

Internship Program

The Department of Geography offers the opportunity to undertake internships off-campus to prepare students for an exciting world of applied Geography. Participating agencies include Northern Cartographics, Action Research, Women Helping Battered Women, Toward Freedom, Vermont Senate, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Waste Water Treatment Facility, Burlington Housing Authority, National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, Associates in Rural Development, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Cares, Mountain Pride Media, Shelburne Museum, State of Vermont, and The Nature Conservancy. Fill out the Internship Agreement Form (PDF). See recent student research projects below.

Recent job, internship, award programs, studentship, and graduate fellowship announcements

Department of Geography

University of Vermont


Oaklawn Foundation International Study Award Program

Up to $5000 of scholarships to be awarded

This scholarship offers Geography majors the opportunity to subsidize their study abroad experience through the generous support of the Oaklawn Foundation.  Students may use the funds toward costs of a travel course or study abroad experience through the Geography Department or an affiliated program at UVM, or through a program whose transfer credits are recognized by UVM (e.g. SIT, Butler, IHP). Funds may be spent within three semesters of application (i.e. Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017 in the current round of funding).


Application Process:

Please send your application to Claire Robinson-White, 200 Old Mill

Email or telephone 6-2063

  • Deadline for application: November 9, 2016
  • 500-word max. description of how the proposed study abroad program or travel course fits with your other studies as a Geography major
  • Proposed budget with estimated costs (e.g. air travel, train, etc.)
  • One letter of support from a Geography Faculty member to be submitted directly to Claire Robinson-White (plan ahead – meet with your advisor soon!)

Questions? Please email Prof. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Chair, Department of Geography.



U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at

For questions please email us at



Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management @ North Carolina State University
Priority deadlines: Fall Admission: February 15th Spring Admission: October 15 Start date: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 Advisor: Dr. Bethany Cutts (
To Apply:
Dr. Cutts’ research group welcomes students, postdocs and collaborators regardless race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. Diversity allows us to question our assumptions about how the world works and to use environmental social science more creatively and more effectively as we seek solutions to sustainability challenges through our professional actions and private lives. To learn more, please go to or contact Dr. Bethany Cutts (

Area 1: Urban Environmental Equity The successful student will work with geographers, landscape ecologists, and environmental social scientists to integrate large-scale datasets with qualitative data to answer questions about the role of environmental justice in sustainability and greening initiatives that occur through changes in property management, social norms, and/or changes in policy and policy enforcement. Students will be expected to draw from a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that may include social network analysis, remote sensing, video-based interviews and/or participatory GIS. Applicants with an interest in building technological and participatory mapping expertise that aligns with the Center for Geospatial Analytics are especially welcome.

Research Area 2: Social Dimensions of Restoration and Ecosystem Services The successful student will work with social scientists and ecologists to integrate social and ecological datasets to improve understanding of the social dimensions of restoration activities in diverse landscapes. Working with stakeholders, decision-makers, and collaborators in places that may include New Mexico, North Carolina, and/or California, the student will be expected to develop a research project that contributes new theoretical and applied knowledge that helps understand how people enact collective strategies to adapt to or mitigate against irreversible transitions in human-nature relations. Students will be expected to draw from a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that may include social network analysis, GIS, and immersive geospatial technologies. Applicants with an interest in building technological and participatory mapping expertise that aligns with the Center for Geospatial Analytics are especially welcome

For more information, please visit:

Bethany Cutts
North Carolina State University


National Geographic Geography Intern Program Announcement 2016-2017

October 2016
Dear Geography Department Leadership,

I’m writing to thank you for being an integral part of the success of National Geographic Society’s Geography Intern Program and share an important enhancement to the program with you.

In 1981, the Society’s Geography Intern Program was established by President Gil Grosvenor and Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration, Dr. Barry Bishop, with the aim of bringing young, bright, emerging geographers to National Geographic for a work and learning experience.

Since then, thanks to the support of educators like you, more than 800 geography students have joined us from universities and colleges across the United States, from public to private institutions and undergraduate to graduate levels of education. They have ranged from young geographers to individuals pursuing mid-career changes. All have shown their passion for geography and brought their ideas, talents, and energy to departments across our organization, contributing to meaningful projects and programs. You have my sincerest gratitude for supporting National Geographic Society’s Geography Intern Program over the years.

Beginning this summer, we will transition this intern program to focus on all areas of interest at the Society, including education, exploration and geography. We believe that offering internships to more than geography majors will help us build a worldwide community of learners and provide more students with an opportunity to be involved with National Geographic. Announcements for these internships will be posted in early spring 2017; please continue to check the careers section of for postings.

Thank you again for your commitment to this program, for encouraging your excellent candidates to apply, and for recommending your top students. We hope your students continue to take advantage of the opportunity to apply to internships at National Geographic.

We look forward to changing the world together.

Best regards,
National Geographic Society Human Resources


2017 GIS Internship at the Vermont Department of Health (VDH)

in downtown Burlington, VT


The VDH Public Health Statistics Team is offering a 2017 VDH-GIS internship opportunity that is open to current or recent university students with intermediate or better ArcGIS software skills. The purpose of this internship is to undertake work on a few different tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Assembling VDH metadata entries for VDH-GIS data holdings. This would improve important VDH GIS data layers so that they better meet national standards.
  • Updating existing web maps and web mapping services relating to emergency preparedness, environmental health, and local health.
  • Inventorying current VDH GIS data holdings and assisting with data updates.
  • Configuring ArcGIS Online data, web maps, and web map application templates.
  • Using ArcGIS ModelBuilder and python scripting to automate frequently-used workflows.
  • Performing other public health GIS spatial analyses as needs arise.
  • Crafting other static public health GIS map products as needs arise.
  • Estimated Hours and Pay

The internship calls for working 30 hours per week for 10-12 weeks during the first quarter of 2017. The intern will be paid bi-weekly as a temporary paygrade 5 employee.


The VDH GIS Manager, along with other VDH staff, will oversee all work performed by the VDH-GIS intern. The Vermont Department of Health will allocate office space and a computer for the VDH-GIS intern at its offices located at 108 Cherry Street in Burlington, VT. All work will be performed at 108 Cherry Street.

Intern Selection

A selection committee with representatives from the Health Surveillance (Public Health Statistics), Environmental Health, and Public Health Preparedness Divisions will conduct brief interviews of finalist internship candidates and will also make official internship offers.

Application and Questions

People interested in applying should email a letter of interest and a current resume to before Monday November 21st.

Questions can be emailed to the same email address.

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