Internships and Fellowships

| Geoscience Policy Internship | Critical Issues InternshipCongressional Science Fellowship | The Fisher Endowment | Other Fellowship Opportunities |

Geoscience Policy Internship

Level: BS/BA or MS/MA

Join the American Geosciences Institute as a Geoscience Policy Intern! The Geoscience Policy program represents the shared interests of the geoscience community in Washington, D.C., and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster better communication and public policy for the geosciences in areas including water, energy and mineral resources, natural hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education. 

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or engineering students or recent graduates (Bachelor's or Master's level) with a strong interest in federal science policy. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills, while gaining first-hand policy experience and improving their understanding of the legislative process.

To apply, click on the "Apply Here" link and follow instructions on the application submission page. You must be a U.S. citizen, and currently enrolled in or recently completed a geoscience-related undergraduate or Master's degree program.

For more information, send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.orgView past intern profiles here

Fall Geoscience Policy Internship (14 weeks) Apply Here

Application Deadline: April 15

*We are not currently accepting applications for the Fall Internship.

AGI accepts one Geoscience Policy Intern during the fall term (September through December) at a fixed stipend of $5,500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (AAPGF). The internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and natural resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

Spring Geoscience Policy Internship (14 weeks) - Apply Here

Application Deadline: October 15

*We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Internship.

AGI accepts one Geoscience Policy Intern during the spring term (January through April) at a fixed stipend of $5,500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (AAPGF). The internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and natural resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university. 

Summer Geoscience Policy Internship (12 weeks) - Apply Here

Application Deadline: March 1

*We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Internship!

AGI plans to accept one Geoscience Policy Intern for the summer term (May through August) at a fixed stipend of $5,000 for a duration of 12 weeks. The start date is flexible and will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. BA/BS or MA/MS students with an interest in energy and natural resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university. 

 

Critical Issues Internship

Summer Critical Issues Internship (12 weeks) Apply Here

Application Deadline: March 1

*We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Critical Issues Internship!

Level: BS/BA or MS/MA

Be a Critical Issues 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, with particular emphasis on the state and local levels. The program makes geoscience information more discoverable to decision makers through our web-based information products, webinar series, forums, and research database. 

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or Masters) and recent graduates with a strong interest in state and local science policy, science communication, and outreach. During the 12-week summer internship, the Critical Issues Intern will develop geoscience-based content for the program's website and help to expand our network of state and local decision makers. Interns will hone their research, writing, web-publishing, and communication skills while gaining a first-hand understanding of the applications of geoscience in decision-making from the federal to the local level. The Critical Issues Program works closely with the Geoscience Policy Program, so the Critical Issues intern will also have the opportunity to attend and report on occasional briefings and geoscience policy events in Washington DC.

AGI accepts one Critical Issues Intern for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5,000. The internship will last 12 weeks, and the starting date will be in mid-May to early June, to be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant.

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Send inquiries only to cipinfo@americangeosciences.org.

 

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

*We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Congressional Geoscience Fellowship!

Level: Ph.D. 

Spend 12 months in Washington, D.C. working as a staff member in the office of a Member of Congress or 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. 

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

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 an additional 4 months.

Qualifications:

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

Application Procedures:

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

Please submit all materials as a single word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) using the online submission form by the deadline on February 1, 2018.

Send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.orgView 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, and other related societies offer similar Congressional Fellowships, and AAAS also offers Executive Branch Fellowships. It is acceptable to apply for a position with more than one society in a given year.