Time to GET SERIOUS!! Summer Opportunities and Internship Possibilities …yourgeologic future awaits
Outline • Other opportunities out there for YOU! • How to get there…advice on getting in.
What else is out there for YOU? • Decide on your goals • Research experience? • Independent study / senior project / thesis? • Money? • Presentation for National Meeting? • Location? • Recreation?
Summer Options Internship Programs • Government • Industry • REUs • KECK Geology Consortium • Field Camps and Abroad Programs • Self-Developed Internships • Faculty Research • Independent Research
Internship Programs (Faculty Favorites) • Lunar and Planetary Institute – www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern • Planetary Geology Research Programs – www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html or www.surf.caltech.edu • Mining Jobs • search: RoundUp2010 or SME internship • for advice on internships at Victor/Cripple Creek Gold mine e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • IRIS (seismology) Internship - http://www.iris.washington.edu/internship/ • RESESS (GPS research) Internship (Colorado Based) - http://resess.unavco.org/resess.html • NEIC (National Earthquake Information Center) Internship in Golden, CO – talk to Megan Anderson • Bishop Brogden and Associates – Water Consulting Internship, Denver – www.bbawater.com
REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)Picks I think you might like… Polar Research in the Arctic, Svalbard Islands (ask Dirk for more on sicky Svalbard) - http://www.mtholyoke.edu/proj/svalbard/welcome.shtml Marine Science Internships at Oregon State - http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/REU/ Planetary Geology – Univ. of Arkansas -http://spacecenter.uark.edu/97.htm Structure and Geophysics – Univ. of Minnesota (pending funding) http://www.geo.umn.edu/dept/programs/intern.html Severe Storm Research – Oklahoma -http://www.PathwaysToScience.org/programhub.asp?sort=REU-UOklahoma-WeatherCenter Marine Science/ Coastal Hydrology –Austin -http://reu.utmsi.utexas.edu/about/ Global Change Research – Austin - http://www.esi.utexas.edu/research/reu/ Science of Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina - http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/ Environmental and Desert Science – New Mexico - http://infohost.nmt.edu/~reu/ Estuary Science – Florida - http://www.mote.org/index.php?src=gendocs&link=REUhome&category=Shark%20Research Atmospheric Sciences – Puerto Rico – www.naic.edu/science/summer_set.htm But that’s not all…Find more REUs at - http://www.PathwaysToScience.org/Summerresearch.asp
Other Options • KECK Geology Consortium • Structure and Geophysics in the Bighorn Mtns. Wyoming with Christine and Megan • Interdisciplinary studies in the Critical Zone, Boulder Creek catchment, Colorado w/ Will Ouimet (Amherst) • Find other options at www.keckgeology.org • space is limited for CC students • Field Camps (many qualify for CC course credit) -Hydrology, Geology, and Geophysics- -search online – many options available -New Zealand (geo semester abroad) - http://www.frontiersabroad.com/
More Options • GeoCorps America • PAID GEOSCIENTIST OPPORTUNITIESON NATIONAL PARKS, NATIONAL FORESTS, AND BLM LANDS • Discreet project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, and education. • Positions posted at http://www.geosociety.org/GeoCorps/ • Student Conservation Association Internships • work at a National Park or Forest • be a Researcher or Interpretive Ranger - http://thesca.org/positionview
Self-Developed Internships • Network!!! • Find someone somewhere that is doing what you are interested in and hit them up with an e-mail displaying your interest and credentials…and if you don’t get a reply…follow it up with a phone call • See if they have money for an intern…or if they would be interested in doing an unpaid internship (then find your own funding) • If not, see if they know of anyone else in their field who might have space for an intern
$$ Finding Funding $$ • REUs and other established programs – apply to program (funding included + stipend) • Venture Grants from CC ($1000) • Academic merit and supporting faculty required • Buster Grants from CC Geo Dept. ($1200 + stipend) • find faculty advisor and project • write your grant • 4 weeks when school is not in session required (i.e. summer) • All can lead into research or independent study blocks back on campus (for credit) • Transitions Fellowship Grant – only for unpaid internships after senior year - apply in spring through the Dean’s Office
Landing the Internship • Build your background base of knowledge • Take classes in your field of interest • Read-up on current research • E-mail or Call potential internship advisors • display your knowledge and interest of their research • and it never hurts to attach a brief resume with your skills and background • Ask for Recommendation Letters • ~1 month in advance • Provide recommenders with • information on the program you are applying to • a copy of your application essay • both are good so they can write a tailored rec. for you • Apply early to show you’re on top of your game • Proof-read application essays • The writing center is great at helping make your writing concise and engaging • Proof-read ‘em again…make ‘em snap! • I personally spend more time on application essays than final papers
Suggested Application Timeline • Block 4 – Research internships & narrow down some top choices • Prepare a geo resume • End of Block 4 • Talk over your top choices with your advisor • Christmas Break, Half Block, and into Block 5 • Prepare applications and ask for Rec. Letters • E-mail or call potential summer advisors • Don’t miss deadlines • many of the more competitive internships have deadlines as early as January • transcripts take ~ a week or more to get sent through • Good Luck! • Any more questions feel free to stop by the paraprof office, I’d be happy to give you more advice anytime (but preferably at Rastall)!! • Or e-mail email@example.com