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

Application Deadline: March 9, 2018

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 (



Summer Undergraduate Technician Position in Aerosolization of Cyanobacteria Toxins

Summer Undergraduate Technician Position in Aerosolization of Cyanobacteria Toxins


Undergraduate Summer Internship Opportunities at VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment - Clean Energy Advocacy Interns

Institute for Energy and the Environment is again offering 2 summer internships for students in environmental studies and sciences who have at least completed their sophomore year by the start of the internship. Our Clean Energy Advocacy Internships offer a chance for 2 students interested in future careers in clean energy advocacy to spend the summer with us at our Institute for Energy and the Environment and to work on one of our research or energy clinic teams which are each made up of 3-5 Master of Energy Regulation and Law grad students or JD students specializing in energy law with faculty supervision. Our teams are currently working on issues such as advancing community solar particularly for under served communities and advancing clean transportation with a focus on vehicle and transit bus electrification policy at the local and state levels. We also have a new Farm and Energy Initiative that we expect to launch this summer..

Clean advocacy interns are paid a $1,000 stipend (taxable), can take one of our two-week summer sessions classes for free (2 credits) and work with our faculty and graduate/JD students on clean energy projects. The internship begins the day after Memorial day and runs through the first week in August which is the same as our summer environmental program. More information on the summer program and classes can be found here. Application materials include a current resume, cover letter explaining the student’s interest in a clean energy advocacy career, and one letter of recommendation from an undergraduate professor. Applications are due via email by Monday, March 12 at 8am eastern to Sue Folger, IEE Program Coordinator, We plan to make decisions by Monday April 2, 2018.


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


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


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.


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