Off-Campus Summer Internship Opportunities
Funded by NSF and offered through universities nationwide, these competitive research opportunities cover a wide variety of topics in Geology and Environmental Science and many provide stipends, travel expenses, and lodging. Also check listings under Ocean Sciences as some relate to geology. You may apply to as many REU opportunities as you like. Application deadlines vary for each listing.
Provided through the Geological Society of America, these internships on federal lands such as the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management. They provide hands on experience in geologic mapping, paleontological excavations, museum curation, GIS mapping, or hazard assessment as well as stipends and sometimes lodging. To apply for these internships you must have a GSA membership, and you may only apply to up to three internships.
These internships provide a range of different opportunities from working on prescribed burns, being an interpreter at a national park, working with education programs, and trail maintenance. Many involve environmental issues and environmental education. If you haven't had many geology or environmental science courses yet, but still want to go out into the field this summer, these are great opportunities.
NASA internships are highly variable and some involve computer modeling, science journalism, planetary geology, or other earth and environmental science topics. There are many listings with various deadlines. Some have rolling acceptance so earlier applications are better. Search all NASA internships here.
SULI provides undergraduate students 10-week research opportunities at one of seventeen US Department of Energy laboratories (including Fermi Lab or Argonne National Laboratory - which are both nearby). Housing or a housing allowance is provided, travel is reimbursed, and there is a $500/week stipend.