Internships and Fellowships

See below for AGI's internship and fellowship opportunities! 

Workforce Department Internship Opportunities

The AGI Workforce Program tracks the supply and demand of geoscientists by collecting original data and analyzing existing data from Federal and industry sources, in order to inform the geoscience community of workforce trends and issues through regular reports.  The Workforce Program also engages the next generation of geoscientists by supporting student recruitment at the college level and by communicating with students, faculty, and non-academic professionals about making the transition into the geoscience workforce after graduation.

In each summer and sometimes fall semester, we offer 12-week, paid internships for undergraduate or graduate geoscience students. Internships are held in the AGI headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  Interns will work with social science and education research data about geoscience workforce trends. Tasks include data collection, data entry, analysis, interpretation and development of materials and deliverables for various projects.  Students will also work on website development, connecting the geoscience community through social media and generally aiding with Workforce Program efforts that support the geoscience community.

EARTH Magazine Science Writing Internship and Externship Opportunities

  • Internship: This 12-week, paid internship is intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing. Preference is given to candidates pursuing or holding an advanced degree in journalism and with a background in science, especially earth science, or with an advanced degree in science and a strong background in journalism. Upperclassmen with strong science and writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers transitioning to science writing are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven record of being self-motivated and entrepreneurial. The position can be based at EARTH’s headquarters at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., or remotely from his or her location of choice — anywhere in the U.S. The application submission period generally runs from mid-December through mid-March. Visit EARTH Magazine for more details!

  • Externship: EARTH also has an unpaid externship that is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity for select students or inexperienced science writers. It is an opportunity to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story and to get published clips.  For more information about this externship opportunity, visit EARTH Magazine here

Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

  • AGI/AAPG and AGI/AIPG Geoscience Policy Internships: AGI Geoscience Policy offers spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities for undergraduate and Master’s geoscience students with an interest in science policy and in how policy decisions on Capitol Hill impact the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. They also hone writing, research, and web publishing skills. Stipends for the interns are generously supported by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation.
  • AGI/AIPG Critical Issues Internships: AGI's Critical Issues Program offers summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and Master's geoscience students with a strong interest in state and local science policy and science outreach. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills while developing geoscience-based content for the program's website, and will gain first-hand understanding of the legislative process and executive branch agencies. Stipends for the interns are funded jointly by AGI and a generous grant from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation.
  • AGI Critical Issues Forum Internships: AGI's Critical Issues Program offers internship opportunities for undergraduate and Master's students with a strong interest in the geosciences and in event planning and science outreach. Start dates for this internship will depend on the date of the Forum. 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. Interns will focus on organizing Forums and supporting a range of program activities, which will allow them to 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. Stipends for the interns are funded by AGI. Please check the Forum Internship page for current dates.
  • AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication: AGI offers the AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication, a six to twelve month opportunity for candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or higher. The AGI/Schlumberger Fellow works with AGI’s Critical Issues Program, an initiative to make relevant geoscience information more accessible to decision makers at all levels. The fellow develops geoscience-based content for the Critical Issues Program, working with technical experts to promote the accuracy and impartiality of content. The fellow also reaches out to geoscientists, decision makers, and other organizations to identify partnerships. The fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in disseminating information for public decision making.

  • William L. Fisher Congressional Fellowship: AGI offers the William L. Fisher Congressional Fellowship, an opportunity to spend 12 months (starting September of each year) in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or a congressional committee. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communications skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to the solution of public problems is desirable. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and must be a member of one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available here.

For more detailed information about the Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues internship and fellowship opportunities, please visit AGI's Geoscience Policy page!