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Careers and Student Opportunities

Inspire students with the many different career and growth opportunities offered by the USGS.

Student Opportunities

USGS Internships, Employment Opportunities, and Research Grants
Explore opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty to participate in USGS science.
Pathways Program
Internships (for students who are still in school), short-term career development positions (for anyone who has graduated from just about any kind of school in the last two years), and Presidential Management Fellowships (for anyone who has completed an advanced degree in the last two years). Most USGS funding for internships goes into the Pathways Program. All Pathways positions are announced on the USAJOBS Website. For application tips, see the Pathways Internships Tutorial Video and the Pathways Recent Grads Tutorial Video.
NAGT-USGS Cooperative Field Training Program
Over forty students are placed in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program each year. (NOTE: Only students nominated by field camp directors are eligible for this program. View a current list of schools that host geology field camps). See the exciting USGS projects in which our students are participating in 2016. (all of U.S. Government)
Find volunteer positions for students and citizens of all ages through this interagency Federal Web portal.
Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
Beginning in 2016, the USGS now participates in the National Science Foundation's GRIP program, which provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows with internship opportunities lasting up to 12 months.
Videos of Student Interns at the USGS
Find out what student interns are doing at the USGS, and see how some of them have used their internship to launch a full-time career in science.


What Does the USGS Do?
Explore the breadth of science programs at the USGS. An 8-minute video is another great introduction to USGS science.
USGS Career Cards
What are some of the career tracks available at the USGS? Explore a series of 4" x 6" cards that describe the job duties and qualifications for some our scientific and technical positions.
Scientists in Action
Career booklet that engages students in thinking about and planning for careers in science. This booklet can also be ordered in hard copy for distribution to students, via the USGS Store.
Earth Science Careers: Not Just Rocks (video)
Learn about careers at the USGS through a 14-minute video that is targeted to students. Employees describe how they apply their education and background to their work at the USGS.
We are the USGS
Watch brief (less than 3 minutes) interviews with USGS scientists to learn how they were inspired to follow their interests and how they feel about working at the USGS:
Paul Hsieh and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
See how a single scientist can impact decisions of national importance. Hear his advice for young scientists and how he feels about working for the USGS.

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