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

Glass Internship Program

*** Application Deadline: March 10, 2017***

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 the 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 among the student, faculty mentor, and supervisor. See attached PDF for further details and requirements. *Faculty mentor must be either an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in the Geography Department.

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

See PDF for further details and requirements: Glass application details


UVM Summer Internship Funding

*** Application Deadline: March 21, 2017 ***

Students can use one application to apply to any of the funding source listed on the UVM Summer Internship Funding PDF. Geography Department Internship Award: Two stipends of $2,500 for geography students doing summer internships.

See PDF for further details: UVM Summer Internship Funding


Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) - Interns Needed – Summer 2017

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) seeks interns for the summer months (June – August) of 2017. The Commission is charged with land use and transportation planning within Chittenden
County, Vermont. More information about CCRPC is available at –

* Set-up & perform speed studies and traffic counts at specified locations in Chittenden
County for: Roadways, Intersections and Bicycle/Pedestrian paths.
* Conduct municipal infrastructure inventories (signs, culverts, or sidewalks) using GPS.
* Conduct pavement and road erosion surveys.
* Data entry and Quality Control.
* Independent research projects may be assigned as necessary.

Pay is $13.00/hour and technicians are expected to work 40 hours per week. CCRPC will pay for mileage costs
at the allowable IRS reimbursement rate. Standard work week is Monday-Thursday with 10 hour days.

Chittenden County, Vermont. Includes the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski as well as 14
other local municipalities.

* Basic computer skills.
* Strong technical and organizational skills.
* Can work independently in an office environment and in the field.
* Knowledge of traffic engineering, planning concepts, GIS, and GPS is preferred.
* Must be able to pick up and carry equipment bins and/or toolboxes weighing roughly 40 pounds, work in outside
conditions, and sit or stand for extended periods.

Application materials are due by Friday, March 31st, 2017. The interview process will commence as materials are

To apply e-mail cover letter and resume to:
Chris Dubin
Transportation Planner
Chittenden County RPC
110 West Canal St., Suite 202
Winooski, VT 05404-2109
Phone: 802 846 4490 ext *12

For more information please see: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission


GIS / Engineering Intern Needed – Summer 2017

The Champlain Water District (CWD) is seeking an individual to assist with GIS data update and maintenance, engineering projects and other duties as assigned. This is a paid internship position. CWD is the largest drinking water supplier in Vermont and is a nationally recognized leader for excellence in drinking water treatment. More information about CWD is available at – CWD infrastructure and assets are numerous with documents and data associated with each. This information requires periodic updates, validation and organization. The goals of these efforts include having a comprehensive hydraulic model, digital field data collection and a records management system that allows for easy access to pertinent asset information both in the office and in the field. The summer intern will play a key role in working toward these goals.

For more information please see: CWD internship 2017 information

To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume by March 17, 2017 to:
Melissa Hood


Tatoosh 2017 | Field studies & research in Alaska

The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with a beach front base camp on Prince of Wales Island and lecture halls in the towns, ocean, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage.It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.

Rigorous academicsfocus on the development of a sense of place, a passion for civic engagement and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal eco region. You can earn up to12 quarter units of creditandleave empowered to explore your surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as an active and informed citizen.

Students are field scientists and participate in several long-term ecological research programs in collaboration with our partners.Gain invaluable experience and professional connectionsthat can last a lifetime.

Choose from 3 summer programs in2017:


3-week Intensive I: May 17 – June8, 2017

Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place

This 3-week intensive focuses on the communities that inhabit the heart of the Pacific Coastal Eco region. Conceived broadly, the course theme of community ecology launches explorations from the outer coast to the Inside Passage to study interactions at varying scales and across biological, social, biophysical, and cultural boundaries.

Course description (5 semester or 8 quarter units, 410/510):Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the near shore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space. A community ecology lens adds consideration of organizations and networks on the landscape and in human communities, enhancing students’ knowledge of resiliency and sustainability in the ecoregion.


6-week Summer Session: June 21 – August 3, 2017

The Core Session expedition includes two upper-division classes taken concurrently, one in ecology and a second in natural resource policy.

Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology of Southeast Alaska(4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space.

Politics of Place: Southeast Alaska(4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510).Topics include land ownership, public and private land management, conservation strategies, local and regional economies, Alaska Native cultures and communities, and contemporary resource management issues. A focus is placed on the evolution of social and legal structures, and how these structures guide current decision-making. Inquiry and reason are applied to real-life challenges, and students engage with citizens and policymakers to consider solutions.


3-week Intensive II: August 23 – September 14, 2017

Stewardship of Salmon Rivers

With 990 miles of coastline, thriving runs of wild salmon, and strong communities that depend on the forest and sea around them, Prince of Wales Island is a lecture halllike no other. Multiple-use forest management has affected the integrity of salmon-bearing streams in Southeastern Alaska, and the effects of a dynamic climate are playing out each year. Local land managers, nonprofit partners, Alaska Native communities, businesses and citizens are actively working to care for the salmon landscape. While many river systems on the Island are relatively intact, the time to learn about – and engage in – integrative stewardship of salmon rivers is now.

Course description (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510): This intensive course examines the physical, biological, economic and political frameworks essential to informed stewardship of salmon-producing watersheds in the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Coursework engages the fields of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, biology, political science, and economics to develop students’ understanding of integrated watershed stewardship. Students practice stream survey and monitoring techniques that contribute to long-term collaborative stewardship work while gaining valuable field research experience.

Learn more and apply at

Questions? or 503.347.2599


Multiple Graduate Assistantships for Master’s in Geography

Multiple graduate assistantships are available for Master’s in geography beginning fall 2017 in the Department of Geography at Western Illinois University to conduct research in river science and geomorphology. Students will also get the support from the Institute for Environmental Studies, which primarily focuses on river ecosystems as the long-term objective. Students will be able to select their theses research from a broad spectrum of topics in fluvial geomorphology such as human impact on river systems, stream bank erosion, interaction of stream banks with vegetation, river restoration, woody debris in alluvial channels, urban hydrology, and the effects of small reservoirs etc. Students will be working closely with Dr. Ranbir Kang and will have the access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment such Terrestrial LiDAR, a broad spectrum of modeling tools, and geo-spatial support. The selected student(s) will receive a monthly stipend, full tuition, office space, and opportunity to network with other scholars etc.

The potential student(s) should: i) have strong analytical skills; ii) be honest and highly motivated to do environmental research; iii) possess a strong work ethic; iv) be able to learn new skills; and v) work in a team environment. A background in a field such as earth science, GIS, and field ecology is highly desirable.

Interested candidate should contact Dr. Ranbir Kang ( for more information. Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students

Information about Ranbir Kang:
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Information about the Institute for Environmental Studies:



NASA DEVELOP projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found at The summer position application deadline is February 17th with the term starting June 5th and lasting through August 11th. We also have fall and spring opportunities available.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, producing deliverables such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and we encourage those in the social sciences, science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 30 – 35 hours per week during the summer term. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level.

Please see PDF for more details: NASA Develop Flyer


National Science Foundation

This summer at the University of Central Florida, we are pleased to host the second year of our National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Community GIS and Citizen Science.” Our program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks. The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 19-August 4, 2017. We are interdisciplinary in nature emphasizing community geography, community GIS, and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, focus groups, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis.

We're hosting a Facebook Live Event "Secrets to an Awesome Citizen Science GIS REU Application" onWednesday, February 1@3 pm EST. Join Dr. Hawthorne (REU PI) and Lain Graham (REU Senior Research Coordinator) as we give away the secrets to a successful application to our National Science Foundation (NSF) #REU Site in Orlando and Belize. Please share with your pals and have them join us. #citizensciencegis #ucfreu. Join the discussion at

Research opportunities: Students will work in one of two research directions with community partners and mentors from University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, The Hopkins Belize Village Council, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program:

  • Research Direction 1: Mapping disparities in flooding & disaster management
  • Research Direction 2: Mapping marine debris & mitigating impacts on coastal communities

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3500 research stipend, a meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to/from the REU Site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and 2 research methods books.

Application process:The priority application deadline is Friday, February 17th@5 PM EST. Complete program information and application instructions can be found at

Student reflections from the field: “Challenging, emotional, fun, collaborative, thought-provoking, interesting, real-life, and eye-opening.” These are some of the words used by students to describe our previous research program. Check out a short video from our REU Year 1 at

Questions can be directed to:

  • Timothy Hawthorne: Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems at University of Central Florida
  • Christy Visaggi: Co-Principal Investigator, Lecturer of Geosciences at Georgia State University

Check us out on the web and share on social media!


Graduate Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

We have a number of graduate funding lines for PhD and Master's study in the Geography and Environmental Systems Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

We are a multi-disciplinary department with an emphasis on examining the dynamic relationship between social and natural processes.

We are especially interested in students studying issues related to environmental justice, political ecology, historical geography, and urban environments.

A number of teaching assistantships are available to qualified students.These provide tuition remission, a monthly salary, and health insurance. Students are also provided with lab and office space.

In addition to financial support, there are a number of opportunities for research collaborations through partnerships established with our Department.

  • A number of our faculty have established international research programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and China.
  • UMBC is the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of only two NSF Urban Long-term Ecological Research Sites in the country.
  • The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) is located at UMBC. CUERE is focused on the environmental consequences of social and environmental transformations associated with urban development.

For more information, please visit our website and contact our graduate program director or department chair with any questions.

David Lansing ( Graduate Program Director

Alan Yeakley, Department Chair (


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***


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



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


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