Internships and Fellowships

| Geoscience Policy Internship | AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship | Congressional Science Fellowship | The Fisher Endowment | Other Fellowship Opportunities 

Geoscience Policy Internship
Level: BS/BA or MS/MA

Be a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute! The Geoscience Policy Program represents the geoscience community in Washington DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education. 

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or masters) with a strong interest in federal science policy. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills while gaining first-hand understanding of the legislative process and executive branch agencies. 

You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in, or recently completed, a geoscience or geo-related eningeering bachelor's or master's degree program to apply. 

Apply Online:
Fall Internship (14 weeks) - Application Deadline April 15  - Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the fall semester (September through December) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university. 

Spring Internship (14 weeks) - Application Deadline October 15Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the spring semester (January through April) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university. 

Summer Internship (12 weeks) - Application Deadline March 15  - Apply Here
AGI is planning to accept three interns for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5000 per person. Stipends for the interns are funded jointly by AGI and a generous grant from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation. The internship will last 12 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. 

Inquiries only to govt@agiweb.org.

View past interns here

AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication 
Level: MS/MA or Ph.D.

The American Geosciences Institute is accepting applications for the AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. The successful candidate will play a leading role in AGI’s Critical Issues program, a new initiative to make relevant geoscience information more accessible to decision makers at all levels. The program is supported through AGI’s Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding.

About the Fellowship:

The fellowship offers a superb opportunity to link the geoscience community and our understanding of the Earth to decision-making processes throughout the country.

Primary duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Developing geoscience-based content for the Critical Issues website, including fact sheets, webinars, and other information products
  • Working with technical experts to ensure the accuracy and impartiality of information products
  • Promoting the program’s products and services to decision makers and geoscientists via meetings, webinars, conferences, social media, and other channels
  • Providing input on the program’s direction, planning, and communications strategy
  • Providing regular status reports on fellowship activities and achievements
The fellowship is a 6- to 12-month appointment, based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 per month.

A flyer about the fellowship, which can be posted on career placement bulletin boards, is available as a PDF

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a highly creative communicator who is proficient in traditional and new media and can deliver geoscience information effectively and efficiently to targeted audiences. We seek applicants with excellent writing and graphical skills who have experience in web content development and social media, in addition to a broad geoscience background. Enthusiasm and team spirit are essential. Candidates should have completed or be currently pursuing a Master’s or higher degree.

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • cover letter with the names and contact information of three references
  • brief statement of purpose, which should outline why you are interested in the fellowship, what you would bring to the fellowship, and what you hope to gain from the fellowship (maximum 1,000 words)
  • résumé or curriculum vitae

Please submit materials as a single Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) using our online submission form.

All application materials are due on October 26, 2014. The starting date for the Fellowship will be based on the schedule of the successful candidate, but is expected to be in January or February 2015.

Inquiries only to cipinfo@agiweb.org.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer and especially welcomes applications from women and minorities.

Please send any comments or problems with this site to AGI Critical Issues program at cipinfo@agiweb.org

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship
Level: Ph.D. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. 
All application materials are due on February 1, 2015.

Spend 12 months in Washington, DC, working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee. The William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the legislative process and to make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscience information on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. Application deadline: February 1, 2015. 

Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. For more information please see The Fisher Endowment

Qualifications and Application Procedures:
Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available here

The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of up to $68,000 plus allowances for health insurance, relocation costs, and travel. Additionally, it may be possible to extend the Fellowship for up to 4 months. 

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter - The candidate's cover letter should include an addendum listing the society memberships with membership numbers, and the names and contact information of your three references. 
  • A statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should include your reasons for applying for this Fellowship, what you would bring to the Fellowship, and what you hope to gain from the Fellowship. It should be brief, no more than 1000 words in length.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference - Letters of reference should be submitted through the reference online submission link, or by regular mail by February 1, 2015. 

Please submit all materials as a single word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) using the online submission form

All application materials are due on February 1, 2015.

Inquiries only to govt@agiweb.org.

The Fisher Endowment:
Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Fisher served as the inaugural Dean and previously as the Director of the Jackson School. For three decades before that Fisher served as the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas. At the national level, Fisher served as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Energy and Minerals under President Ford. Over several administrations, he has been advisor to the President and Secretaries of Energy and the Interior, and he has chaired numerous National Research Council committees and boards. For more information on Fisher and the endowment, please see the column "Endowing the AGI Congressional Fellowship" that appeared in the October 2003 issue of Geotimes Magazine (now EARTH Magazine). 

Other Fellowship Opportunities:
Several of AGI's member societies also sponsor Congressional Science Fellowships. For more information please contact:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Physics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and other related societies offer similar Congressional Fellowships, and AAAS also offers Executive Branch Fellowships. It is acceptable to apply to more than one society in a given year.