How Do You Define an Internship?

Friday, December 1, 2017

According to the American Geosciences Institutes Geoscience Student Exit Survey, internship participation rates over the past four years have been low, particularly among bachelors and doctoral graduates. In 2016, 65% of bachelors graduates, 44% of masters graduates, and 57% of doctoral graduates did not participate in an internship while working on their degree. When asked if they submitted applications for internship opportunities, 42% of bachelors graduates, 23% of masters graduates, and 46% of doctoral graduates claimed to not submit any applications.

Examining the Professional Development Experiences and Non-Technical Skills Desired for Geoscience Employment

Monday, December 1, 2014

Professional development experiences, such as internships, research presentations and professional network building, are becoming increasingly important to enhance students’ employability post-graduation. The practical, non-technical skills that are important for succeeding during these professional development experiences, such as public speaking, project management, ethical practices and writing, transition well and are imperative to the workplace. Thereby, graduates who have honed these skills are more competitive candidates for geoscience employment.

BLM, Minerals and Adventure - One GeoCorps Participant Shares Her Story

Kirby Bean, BLM Certified Mineral Examiner showing Sarah Hill the boundaries of a mining claim
After several rounds of applications and interviews, Sarah Hill landed her GeoCorps position. Instead of a seemingly more exotic position in a National Park, Sarah opted for job based out of D.C., and found it was filled with as much adventure as she had hoped for! Read about her experiences working for the Bureau of Land Management's Division of Solid Minerals covering Mining Law Administration on Federal lands and Federal Coal programs. She found herself shadowing administrators at Congressional hearings, learning about mining tailings storage facilities, and traveling to Colorado to experience training for Certified Mineral Examiners. Learn more about her experience in the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Speaking of Geoscience Blog


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