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


VELCO GIS Internship

An internship at VELCO provides learning opportunities to college students who are interested in careers in power or electric utility engineering, environmental management and other related fields. It is also an opportunity for VELCO to work with and assess students’ knowledge, skills and potential for future employment.One of the most rewarding ways to jumpstart your career is to gain a hands-on experience in a professional and reputable company... a company like VELCO, one of the best places to work in Vermont and a leader in New England’s utility industry.

Applications can be emailed to We do not have any specific requirements for the position at this time, but basic information can be found by following the link below, and you can ignore the section that says the deadline is for March 30. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me.

For more information please go to:

Andrew Flynn, GISP

GIS Analyst / Developer

Vermont Electric Power Company

Phone: (802) 770-6239




We are hosting a Virtual Information Session online on Wednesday, May 31st at 3:00pm (EDT) for any students and faculty that are interested in the program. This will be a casual, interactive opportunity to ask questions and hear experiences from program fellows and alumni. See the attached Virtual Information Session Flyer for details on how to join the session.

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations at twelve locations across the country. 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.

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, physical sciences, 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 20 – 32 hours per week during the fall term. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online at, or during our virtual information session. The fall position application window will be open online from May 22nd through June 30th, with the term starting September 11th and lasting through November 17th. We also have spring and summer opportunities available, the following year.

For more information see:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Carrie Kelley

Senior Communications Fellow

NASA Langley Research Center - SSAI

DEVELOP National Program

(757) 864-1505


Summer Employment Opportunity

Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission is interested in hiring an individual with a natural resources or transportation planning background for summer employment. Employment
can start in May or early June and continue through August or later, at approximately thirty (30) hours per week. Work hours may need to be flexible to work with town road crews.

The role will involve a variety of tasks, including extensive fieldwork and some office work assisting planners with other projects. Fieldwork includes conducting traffic counts and working with town
road crews to inventory roads, bridges and culverts. A significant portion of the fieldwork will focus on road erosion inventories required by Act 46 (Vermont Clean Water Act). The intern will need to
use their own vehicle to get to meetings and fieldwork sites and their mileage will be reimbursed at the GSA rate.

See PDF for further details and requirements: SWCRPC summer employment 2017


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:
Information about the Geography Department:
Information about the Institute for Environmental Studies:


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 (


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

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