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.

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


Geography Glass Internship Program

This merit-based scholarship offers Geography majors the opportunity to subsidize an internship experience. The student must organize an internship experience with a recognized organization.  The student must have a faculty mentor* and workplace supervisor sign an internship agreement, and agree to a program of work with both mentor and supervisor. The expectation is that the internship will represent approximately 100-120 hours of work, for which documentation may be required. Specific hourly commitments will be arranged between the student, faculty mentor, and supervisor.

*Faculty mentor must be an Assistant Prof., Associate Prof., or Professor in the Geography Dept.


  • Geography majors only; must be matriculated but not graduated at time of internship
  • Completion of at least one substantive introductory geography course (i.e. GEOG 40/50/60/70/81), and at least 60 credit hours overall by start of internship
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in Geography and 3.00 overall
  • Internships may be granted credit while funded by this stipend, depending on arrangements and content
  • Annual award made in spring may be applied to summer, fall, or following spring semester


  • Deadline is the Friday before Spring Break every year
  • 250-word description of the proposed internship and how it fits within and moves forward the student’s interests and goals in Geography, with specific reference to the student’s 4-year plan (
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One letter of support from a Geography Faculty member provided directly to Claire Robinson-White
  • Internship work agreement signed by organization supervisor and faculty mentor (see
  • Submit packet to Claire Robinson-White, by 4:00pm in hardcopy

Contact Information:

Questions may be directed to your assigned Geography faculty advisor or the Department Chair, Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux (


REU at Portland State University: Computation Modeling Serving the City

A group of interdisciplinary faculty at PSU are looking for undergraduate students who can work on a NSF sponsored REU project. The focus area of this REU site is computational modeling to serve and enhance the Portland metropolitan region as it grows and evolves. You will be involved in a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research project and trained in computational thinking across different disciplines and communities. You will learn the fundamental skills of computational modeling that will help you understand and solve complex problems in a complex world. After a 2-week initial training, each student will work on an 8-week research project completed in a research lab under a mentor's guidance and with the involvement of a community partner. At the end of the internship, you will present the research outcomes to the community partner. Weekly site meetings, seminars, site visits, and a final symposium will enrich the unique internship and provide you with an intellectual toolbox that has the potential to have a lasting impact on your career.

• Completed one or two years of college.
• Majoring in a STEM or related discipline.
• US citizens or permanent resident.
• Students from institutions with limited STEM and research opportunities, such as 2-year
community colleges, are encouraged to apply.

Important dates
• Mar 15, 2018: Application deadline for full consideration
• Mar 30, 2018: Selected students will be notified
• Jun 18 - Aug 24, 2018: Program dates (10 weeks)

Participant benefits
• $5,000 stipend
• $1,200 meal allowance
• Additional travel subsidy for limited non-local students
• Free on-campus housing

Application form:
Application deadline: Mar 15, 2018

REU site directors
• Dr. Christof Teuscher, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS), Portland
State University.
• Dr. Jay Gopalakrishnan, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Portland
State University, and Portland Institute for Computational Science (PICS).
Heejun Chang
Portland State University


Undergrad research experience for aspiring human geographers - 8 week field experience

The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research. Phosphorus is a pernicious and costly environmental pollutant. In areas of intensive agriculture, lakes are toxic at certain times of the year with blue-green algae bloom because of phosphorus pollution. Students who participate in LAKES will spend two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, mathematics, geology, or communications. Students are paid for their 8 week field experience and it is great prep for graduate school.
Application deadline in Feb. 11

For more details:

Innisfree Mckinnon
University of Wisconsin-Stout


Tropical Forest Ecology Internships in Panama

The Muller-Landau lab at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) seeks 3 interns to participate in research on tropical forest ecology in Panama for 9-12 months each.One internship will focus on tropical forest carbon budgets, another on landscape-level variation in forest structure and dynamics, and a third on the role of lianas (woody vines).Thecarbon internwill focus on synthesizing field data collected at multiple sites in Panama and across the ForestGEO/ CTFS network of large-scale, long-term forest dynamics plots, and will participate in local field data collection.The landscape internwill focus on collecting and analyzing geospatial data on forest structure and dynamics collected using drones to quantify variation in relation to topography, soils and climate, building on 3 years of data collection.The liana intern will collect field data, analyze pre-existing datasets, and/or conduct modeling to investigate the determinants of liana abundance and the importance of liana strategy diversity. Additional information on these opportunities can be found at

All interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in tropical forest field work, quality assurance/quality control of the relevant datasets, programming and running analyses in R (and/or ArcGIS), and writing up results for scholarly publication. The successful candidates will work closely with staff scientist Dr.Helene Muller-Landau and collaborators. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located in Panama, and is home to a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, over 100 graduate and postdoctoral fellows, and 1500 scientific visitors per year.

The ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, strong quantitative skills including programming experience, and strong English and/or Spanish oral and written communication skills.The positions are particularly well suited for candidates seeking more research experience prior to graduate school.Each internship will be compensated with a modest stipend ($1000/month) sufficient to cover living expenses in Gamboa or Barro Colorado Island, as well as round trip travel to Panama if relevant. The start dates are flexible and can be as early as March 2018 or as late as September 2018.

To apply, please email a CV, a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in one or more of the positions, and contact information for 3 references to Helene Muller-Landau at of applications will commence on February 15, 2018, and continue until the positions are filled.


Virginia Tech Undergraduate Summer Program

“Training Future Leaders to Solve Resource Challenges at the Confluence of Water and Society"


Please share with undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary research. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a degree program leading to baccalaureate or associates degree, and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2018. The program will run fromMay 28 – July 27, 2018in Blacksburg, VA on theVirginia Techcampus.

We aim to provide intellectually challenging, interdisciplinary research and extension experiences for diverse undergraduates from across the US. During the summer program, our undergraduate fellows will:

1)Develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the complexity of anthropogenic influences and stakeholder needs within mixed-use watersheds;

2)Gain appreciation for the disciplinary diversity required to address critical, complex water resources issues;

3)Improve their ability to communicate scientific findings to audiences of varying backgrounds in formal and informal situations;

4)Acquire a foundation in technical, social, and collaborative skills to help them succeed in future research and professional activities; and

5)Form a professional network that can support future careers in water management (e.g., graduate degrees, agricultural/industry careers, public service, etc.).

This REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration. To promote a unifying context for research: Fellows and mentors will be members of interdisciplinary teams; We will learn from and interact with a range of stakeholders across multiple land use issues; and Activities will be place-based within theVirginia Tech StREAM Lab, with a view towards its relationship with the larger New River basin.

For more information:

Deadline to apply is February 28.


FEMC Summer Field Interns 2018

The FEMC is hiring for its 2018 field season, including a range of forest ecosystem monitoring and assessment assignments. The positions will run for 10 weeks, and will be based in South Burlington, VT. You can find more information about this opportunity online at and FEMC Summer Field Interns 2018


AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

Apply for a Scholarship to a Science Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. For the fourth year, AGU is sponsoring a student member to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop in Washington, D.C. from 18-21 March 2018. If you are a student with limited policy experience but lots of policy interest, apply to this workshop on Congress, the federal budget process, and science communication by 11 February. Learn more.

Pranoti Asher Ph.D.
Manager, Higher Education
American Geophysical Union


NASA DEVELOP Summer 2018

The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the summer 2018 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to year-long contracts.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the program and how to apply can be found at The summer online application window is January 8 – February 16. The spring program dates are June 4 – August 10. The DEVELOP program has three terms: spring, summer, and fall – the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, there are many other locations across the United States that you can find on the "Locations" page.

Responsibilities include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and composing deliverables including a technical paper, poster, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial and more competitive, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20-30 hours per week for the summer term. Paid positions are funded using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.


2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist.


- We are offering eight (8) full-time, twelve-week positions. All positions are located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
- Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (i.e., early June start) based on the selected candidate?s schedule or project needs.
- We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.
- There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250.


- The program is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the
past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student's career goals.
- You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa.
- Immediate relatives of any CIGLR or NOAA GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines.

Visit the CIGLR website for application & more information:

Deadline: 18 February 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

Contact Information:

Mary E. Ogdahl
Program Manager
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
University of Michigan | 440 Church Street | G110 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041


2018 competition for AAG–GTU Travel Awards

Thanks to a renewed agreement with the American Association of Geographers, the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society is able to offer a limited number of $200 travel awards to some students attending the Annual Meeting of the AAG in New Orleans in April 2018. GTU will provide as many travel awards as funds and qualified applications permit. Preference will be given to students who are attending an AAG meeting for the first time and who will serve as an author or co-author on a paper or poster being presented at the conference. Travel award recipients will be required to pick up their check at the GTU booth in the exhibit hall during the annual meeting.

The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2018 and the form is straightforward and available for online submission at Please direct any questions about the process to at

Donations for the fund are collected through the AAG. From this link on "Make a contribution" at the bottom of the screen. Then select AAG-Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Student Travel Awards Fundand you will be able to enter the amount that you wish to contribute. We appreciate your support of the next generation of geographers.


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