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 class time 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

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) ● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) ● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) ● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Los Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 25, 2017, at 11:59 PM 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


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Studying Church Forests in Ethiopia

Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2017 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and the California Academy of Sciences. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at Colby College (Maine, USA) in ecological field methods (stream ecology), social survey research, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Ethiopia students will collect and analyze original ecological, social and spatial data from church forests and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts to be shared at a week-long workshop held on-site at the California Academy of Sciences.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation are due by February 15th. The 2017 Summer REU Site program will run from June 12th – August 9th. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (senior graduating in Spring 2017 are not eligible).

Details about the project and application instructions can be found at:

To learn more about and/or join AESS, go to
Please join us at our annual conference at the University of Arizona, June 21 - 24 2017

***Geography Majors can contact Prof. Ingrid Nelson or Prof. Meghan Cope for strategies for a strong application for REU opportunities***


SOARS: Research, Mentoring, Community

SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Applications for 2017 ARE OPEN

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.

Selection Considerations

SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

SOARS 2017 applications are due on February 1, 2017.

For more information please visit:


Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Summer Internship Program application is open! Due 1/15/17

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, economic justice, immigrant rights, rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ rights, human rights, intimate partner abuse, and mass incarceration.

Participating internship organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Aid to Inmate Mothers, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, Backline, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Family Equality Council, Gender Spectrum, Ibis Reproductive Health, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Justice Now, Kentucky Health Justice Network, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Mabel Women's Health Center, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Network of Abortion Funds, Planned Parenthood, Political Research Associates, Pride Center of Vermont, Prison Birth Project, Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Safe Passage, Southerners on New Ground, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Tewa Women United, the Doula Project, the Reproductive Health Access Project, Women With A Vision, Young People For.

Locations include: Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, GA, Bangor, ME, Berkeley, CA, Boston, MA, Bloomington, IN, Burlington, VT, Chicago IL, Denver, CO, Holyoke, MA, Lake Andes, SD, Los Angeles, CA, Louisville, KY, Miami, FL, Montgomery, AL, New Orleans, LA, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Washington DC.

Internship stipend is: $3500

Application deadline: January 15, 2017

Eligibility requirements:

- Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
- Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2017
- Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-9, 2017 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:

A flyer to print out is available here:

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Idealist listing:


Johanna Fernández | Associate Director | Civil Liberties and Public Policy
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Geography M.A. at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

The Department of Geography at Miami University invites applications to its Masterof Arts (M.A.) degree. Miami is a public, liberal arts institution founded in 1809.Our rigorous and flexible M.A. program offers close mentorship by a facultyactive in leading areas of geographical research. The theoretical, methodological,teaching, and practical skills learned by our MA graduates have prepared them forboth doctoral study and careers in the public and private sector.

Upon graduation, our students have found successful careers in environmental analysis and protection, urbanand regional planning, publishing, government, real estate, location analysis and higher education. Our students have gained acceptance and funding offers from top doctoral programs like Toronto, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Illinois, UCLA, Ohio State University, Royal Holloway, and others. Graduatesof our department are faculty at Toronto, George Washington, Toledo, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, Bridgewater, Northern Illinois, Clemson, Binghamton, and others.

Research and teaching in the Department of Geography focus primarily on

  • Global and Sustainable Development, exploring the impacts of globalizationand structural change, political ecologies, sustainability and development.
  • Urban Worlds, exploring urban landscapes, including economic and urban restructuring, land-use regulation, transportation and public space.
  • Human-Environment Interactions, examining recent human-driven environmentalchange and land use /land cover change.
  • People and Places,exploring links between global forces and diversity of local people and places, researching race, ethnicity, gender, identity and citizenship.
  • Geospatial Sciences,analyzing spatial distributions through Geographic Information Science.
  • Natural Resource Conservation,including landscape ecology, biogeography, geomorphology, and hydrology.

We have a number of graduate assistantships available, and are particularly encouraging applications from students interested in working on urban, environment or development issues situated in US, European, African or Asian contexts. Graduate assistantships include a stipend as well as waiver of tuition.

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio, approximately 35 miles northwest of
Cincinnati, Ohio. Oxford is a charming college town that offers both a vibrant small-town atmosphere and rural amenities, yet is within an hour of both Cincinnati andDayton, Ohio.

For more information on the M.A. program in geography at Miami University, please see our website

call (513) 529-5010, or


Funded MA or PhD Opportunity: Human Dimensions of Water in Appalachia

This study will focus on the dual nature of water in West Virginia: a resource towards economic transition and/or a source of concern due to its polluted and destructive nature. This study will be based on a case study methodology where experience with qualitative methods is required and knowledge of GIS is welcomed.


Faculty Information: Dr. Martina Angela Caretta,

Applicants interested in the Graduate Research Assistantships described below are encouraged to contact the research faculty prior to applying. Applicants must submit a CV and research statement addressing specific interests and qualifications for the potential research topics outlined below. In addition to the specific qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the Geology & Geography Department at WVU. Transcripts, test scores, and all other completed application materials are due January 1, 2017 for Fall 2017 admission. You can access the application portal here:

WVU Geography offers both Masters and Doctoral degrees and a rigorous certificate program in Geographic Information Science. Our rapidly growing graduate program is composed of19 core geography facultywith expertise in the interdisciplinary subfields of Human Geography, Environmental Geography and GIScience ( WVU Geography faculty are engaged in local, regional and global research focused on human-environment relations, climate change, political geography, spatial science, digital humanities, forest ecosystem modeling, cultural and political ecologies, conservation science, feminist geography, science and technology studies, humanitarianism, land change science, critical cartographies, food justice, and development geography. Faculty are currently conducting research in South Asia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and the United States, including Appalachia.

Dr. Martina Angela Caretta, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Geology & Geography, Brooks Hall, Office 349, PO Box 6300, Morgantown, WV 26506

Ph + 1 304293 11 07 Fx+ 1 304.293.6522



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



The Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) is offering a scholarship and internship opportunity for GIS students attending New England-area colleges, universities and technical institutes.

Please see flyers to find more information regarding the scholarship and internship opportunities.

NEGIS Scholarship Internship Application

NEGIS Internship Program

The deadline for the Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) 2017 scholarship has been extended for one week. The new deadline is Monday, January 16, 2017. NEGIS supports scholarship/internship opportunities for GIS students attending New England-area colleges, universities and technical institutes. Information regarding the scholarship and the application form can be accessed at:

Please contact David Merwin for further information:

David Merwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Chair, Geography Department, Framingham State University

Tel: (508) 626-4771

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