Internships and Fellowships

| Geoscience Policy Internship | Critical Issues InternshipAGI/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 engineering 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 two 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

Critical Issues Internship
Level: BS/BA or MS/MA
 
Be a Critical Issues Program Intern with the American Geosciences Institute! The Critical Issues Program supports well-informed public and individual decision making by providing relevant geoscience information on critical issues to decision makers at all levels, with particular emphasis on the state and local levels. The Critical Issues program makes geoscience information more discoverable to decision makers through our website, webinar series, forums, and research database. 
 
We offer two Critical Issues internships, a summer position focused on developing geoscience-based content for the program’s website, and a fall internship focused on organizing a Critical Issues Forum and supporting a range of program activities.
 
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Summer interns should be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a geoscience or geo-related engineering bachelor's or master's degree program.  Fall interns should have a broad geoscience background and be enrolled in, or have recently completed, a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
 
Apply Online:
Summer Critical Issues Internship (12 weeks) - Application Deadline March 15  - Apply Here
AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or Masters) with a strong interest in state and local science policy and science outreach. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills while gaining first-hand understanding of the legislative process and executive branch agencies. 
 
AGI is planning to accept one intern for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5000. 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. The starting date will be mid-May to early June, based on the schedule of the successful applicant. 
 
Fall Critical Issues Forum Internship (14 weeks) - Application Deadline April 15 - Apply Here
Critical Issues Forums are 1-2 day workshop-style meetings that provide a collaborative setting in which participants from diverse backgrounds can share information and expertise on critical issues of mutual interest. The Fall intern will help to organize the 2016 Forum, which is focused on water-related geoscience issues, and will support a range of program activities.
 
AGI seeks outstanding students (undergraduate or Masters) with a strong interest in the geosciences and in event planning and science outreach. Interns will hone their event planning, writing, and web publishing skills, while also gaining first-hand understanding of the role of science in policy-making and science outreach. 
 
AGI is planning to accept one intern for the fall at a fixed stipend of $5500. Stipends for the fall interns are funded by AGI. The internship will last 14 weeks. The starting date will be mid-August to September, based on the schedule of the successful applicant.
 
Inquiries only to cipinfo@agiweb.org.
 

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. We expect to open a new competition in early 2017.

All application materials are due on October 19, 2015.

The American Geosciences Institute is accepting applications for the 2016 AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. The successful candidate will play a leading role in AGI’s innovative Critical Issues program, which makes geoscience information accessible to decision makers at federal, state, and local levels. The program is supported through AGI’s Center for Geoscience and Society.

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 webpage content, fact sheets, 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, regularly scheduled emails, and other channels
  • Participating in planning, organizing, advertising, and moderating Critical Issues webinars, including conducting post-webinar surveys, and annual surveys of webinar participants
  • 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 salary is $48,000 per year, and the Fellow is eligible for AGI's benefits package, including group health insurance. 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a highly creative communicator, proficient in print and online media, who can deliver geoscience information effectively and efficiently to targeted audiences. We seek applicants with a broad geoscience background, excellent writing,  graphical, and  interpersonal communication skills. Enthusiasm and team spirit are essential. Candidates should have completed a Master’s or higher degree, and should already be eligible to work in the United States.

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 19, 2015.

Please note that finalists will be required to complete a written project as part of the application process. Details and instructions for the written project will be emailed to selected candidates at a date to be confirmed.

The starting date for the Fellowship will be based on the schedule of the successful candidate, but is expected to be 1 February 2016.

Inquiries only to cipinfo@agiweb.org. Please use the subject line “AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship.”

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

View all AGI/Schlumberger Fellows here.

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

All application materials are due on February 1, 2017

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, 2016. 

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 or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available here

The Fellow will be an employee of AGI for the duration of their fellowship with an annual salary of $68,000. The Fellow will be eligible for AGI benefits including group health insurance, and there is an allowance for  relocation costs and approved travel. It may be possible to extend the fellowship for up to four 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, 2016. 

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, 2017.

Inquiries only to govt@agiweb.org.

View past fellows here

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.