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MSU Internship Opportunities

Many students majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences participate in summer research and employment within the department and elsewhere on campus.

Current 2023 MSU Summer Internships

Students can also find summer internships through the MSU Career Network, Handshake, or MSU Connect..

Additionally, individual professors may have summer employment or internships. Talk to your professors to find out about upcoming opportunities.


External Internship Opportunities

Competitive summer research programs are wide ranging in duration, pay (or cost!), and location. Opportunities exist at national and international research institutions.


Current 2023 External Summer Internships


Additional Opportunities

NSF-REU - National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

These competitive and prestigious positions generally encompass formal learning with the opportunity to conduct real research. The NSF funding often includes stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. The REU webpage contains more information and updated lists of opportunities in Earth Science and other aligned fields. While many programs are offered every year, there are new programs appearing all the time.


Geological Society of America - GeoCorps America

These are paid Geoscientist Opportunities on National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands. Individuals need to be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen (or Green Card holder), able to pass background checks, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record to apply. Additional information, lists of positions, and application can be found on the GSA website.


Undergraduate Research Internships for Seismology (URISE)

URISE is a summer internship program for undergraduates in math, physics, and geoscience that are interested in exploring research around topics in seismology. More information can be found at URISE website.


Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

A 10-week program for selected undergraduates to participate actively in lunar and planetary research with scientists at LPI and the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.


United States Geological Survey

The USGS offers a variety of quality student internship opportunities. Be sure to seek out active internships for the coming year by searching for “internships” on the main USGS webpage.


National Park Service Scientists-in-the-Park program

The NPS is looking for earth science professionals and students to work with park staffs to help them understand and manage the resources through examining the geology, water, air, and integrated sciences. The work varies greatly from park to park and may be broad or specific in scope. Please see the NPS SIP program website for more information.


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

EGLE has internship and job opportunities for a variety of positions involving environmental and public health topics surrounding the management of air, water, land, and energy resources in Michigan. Internship and job opportunities are added daily and usually have short timeframes for applying for positions.


US Department of Energy –DOE and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The DOE provide information on nation-wide opportunities for research participation, fellowships, scholarships, training, and internship programs for undergraduates, grads, postdocs, and faculty. Amongst the opportunities through the DOE, is the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) that places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at several Department of Energy facilities.