SGD Weekly Internships, Scholarships, and Opportunities Digest
SGD sends out a weekly digest updated with current internships, jobs, scholarship and event information. Check it out to stay up-to-date on all current opportunities. Click below to access the most recent digest.
The School of Geography and Development strongly recommends that students pursue an internship during their studies at the University of Arizona. Students may register for one to six credits of internship in any semester, including summer terms. Most students register for three credits during their junior or senior year. There are some ongoing internship opportunities for students (see the “Internship Bulletin Board” in SGD), but students are also able to arrange their own internships in consultation with the Internship Coordinator. A maximum of six internship credit hours may be counted towards the major; twelve hours may count towards the overall degree. Be sure to arrange for credit prior to pursuing the internship; students must be registered during the internship period.
Questions? See Dr. Rushbrook, ENR2 S426, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergrad Internship Examples
"Interning for NBC over the Summer 2012 Olympics was an amazing learning experience. I enjoyed my time working during the Olympics, being forced to manage my time perfectly, as well as learning about the city of London. I was able to take groups of 50 plus NBC Executives through London helping my public speaking improve as well as my ability to communicate with high profile individuals. Lastly, being introduced to London’s culture by my European work colleagues was a true once in a lifetime opportunity that I will remember for the rest of my life." -- Pat Haenel
"As a Data Research intern for Bourn Companies LLC, I was responsible for database management of thousands of properties of which were appointed to me by the lead researcher of the company. We compiled data of selected areas utilizing Downtown benchmarking as a platform for workers residing within the Central Business District. My responsibilities included but were not limited to, compiling data through minimal correspondences, that needed to be completed by selected timeframes, creating professional reports to present to Mr. Bourn and his associates, and creating instructional sheets for others to be able to perform the same functionality of SQL database. This opportunity to intern for a local property development company comes as a great attribute to a resume and has given an invaluable experience in furthering my career. Mr. Bourn and his associates are great people and a joy to work with. I would recommend this internship to any students looking to improve their basic to advanced computer skills and anyone looking for real world application in the workforce." -- Jason Renteria
"This past summer I was given the opportunity to work as an intern at Carlier Company located in downtown Tucson. As an intern, I worked directly beneath the Associate Broker, and was able to walk away with a far greater knowledge and understanding of the commercial real estate and land development industry. I was also awarded by gaining valuable professional experience that has no doubt better prepared me for my endeavors into the professional business world post-graduation." -- Tom Grossman
Annual Internship & Fellowship Opportunities
- NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Internship
- NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
- The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Program
The School of Geography and Development strongly encourages undergraduate research opportunities. Training in geography prepares students to undertake a wide-range of interdisciplinary projects from across the social sciences, earth sciences, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and biological sciences. Every year we have many majors spend their summer doing research at National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites.
Below is information on the goals and guidelines of NSF REU projects as well as a spreadsheet of current research sites that our majors would be especially well-suited for.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.
Thinking about what you'll be doing after graduation? Geographers work in a wide range of fields, depending on their interest and preparation, and although most work in the private sectors, they find jobs with a range of employers, including global corporations and small businesses, non-profit organizations and international organizations, and local and state government offices and federal agencies. Others work as GIS analysts or technicians; in remote sensing and aerial photography; as landscape and resource analysts; as consultants in urban sustainability, site selection, resource evaluation, natural hazards, travel, and the environment; teachers; emergency management professionals; and in many other fields. Regional development majors often pursue careers in commercial or residential real estate, property development, urban or transportation planning, and sustainable community development. As graduates of a field that has been identified as critical to the future of the planet, geographers will find opportunity in sectors throughout the economy.
The Department of Labor identified geospatial technologies as one of the "three most important emerging and evolving fields."
"Geography enables students to understand their world locally to globally, make wise decisions about the planet and its resources, and become critical thinkers ... Geography grapples with the key issues of our time—energy, water, biodiversity, climate, natural hazards, population, and much more." - Joseph Kerski, education manager for Esri and 2011 president of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)
A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a nice overview of some of the many professional opportunities for geography majors.
- Association for American Geographers career resources
- AAG Jobs & Careers Multimedia
- "Green Career" job listings
- High Country News job listings for the U.S. West
- AAG Salary Data & Trends
Be sure to take advantage of the UA Career Resources Center in the Student Union. In addition to offering career fairs and job listings, the professionals here can provide advice on building and editing your resume (and will refer your resume to firms seeking job candidates), help prepare you for job interviews, and generally improve your job search skills. They also offer updated links to:
For GIS jobs, see: