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

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:

Facebook post:

Idealist listing:


Johanna Fernández | Associate Director | Civil Liberties and Public Policy
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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


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 applications is January 9, 2017.

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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