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National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 2018 Cooperative Summer Field Training Program

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Internship Background

Established in 1965, the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is now one of the longest continuing science internship programs in the country. Over 2,400 students have participated in this program from its inception, with many participants proceeding on to distinguished careers with the USGS, with academia, and with industry.

Consistent with the earth systems approach used in modern research, USGS strives to achieve interdisciplinary understanding of the interrelationships among earth surface processes, ecological systems, and human activities. Consequently, USGS is especially interested in candidates who have a broad background in the earth sciences and also an interest in working in other areas of natural science. For more information and examples of projects from the past year, see About Internship.


Application Procedure

Nominees will be using the USAJOBS website for submitting their application material. Unless you already have one, you will need to create a user account in order to submit your application. It's a fairly straightforward process, while providing the added benefit of allowing you to apply to any other future federal position that you might be interested in.

What you will need to gather together for your application:

  1. Résumé. (Note: we prefer that you upload your résumé as a PDF or Word document, rather than use the USAJOBS resume builder.) Be certain that your résumé includes:

    Please be certain that your resume does NOT include: your birthdate, your SSN, your gender/ethnicity, and any disability.

  2. Cover Letter. The cover letter should contain a statement about your professional goals and interests and how this internship might contribute to your career objectives. It may also include pertinent biographical data that does not appear on the résumé.

  3. Unofficial Transcripts. Request an unofficial transcript from your college or university, and upload in PDF format to USAJOBS.
Begin the application entry process:

Click here to apply for this internship position, and scroll down to the section entitled "HOW TO APPLY". Follow the steps listed. If you have questions about the application process, please send an e-mail to:

Complete applications must be RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 20, 2017 at midnight Eastern time. No late applications or parts thereof will be accepted after the deadline. You will receive an email confirmation once your complete application has been received and forwarded to the USGS Youth and Education in Science office (usually within a week of your application submission).


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