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

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 (Bachelor's or Master's) 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.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, and currently enrolled in or recently completed a geoscience-related undergraduate or Master's degree program.

Fall Internship (14 weeks) Apply Here

Application Deadline: April 15

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2017 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 Internship (14 weeks) - Apply Here

Application Deadline: November 1

We are now accepting acpplications 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 Internship (12 weeks) - Apply Here

Application Deadline: March 15

We are not reviewing applications for the Summer 2018 Internship at this time.

AGI plans to accept one Geoscience Policy Intern for the summer term (May through August) at a fixed stipend of $5,000. The internship will last for a duration of 12 weeks, and will start on a date to be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. 

For more information, send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.org.

View past intern profiles here

 

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 science policy 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.

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

Summer Critical Issues Internship (12 weeks) - Apply Here

Application Deadline: March 15

We are not accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Critical Issues internship at this time.

AGI is planning to accept 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. 

Send inquiries only to cipinfo@americangeosciences.org.

 

AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication

Level: MS/MA or Ph.D.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-17 AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. We expect to open a new competition in 2018.

The AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication offers a superb opportunity to link the geoscience community and our understanding of the Earth to decision-making processes throughout the country. 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.

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.

Send inquiries only to cipinfo@americangeosciences.org with the subject line “AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship.”

View past AGI/Schlumberger Fellows here.

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

 

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. We expect to open a new competition in 2018.

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

All application materials are due on February 1, 2017.

Send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.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 for a position with more than one society in a given year.