Internships offer opportunities for students to get a taste of what it's like to work as a geoscientist. They also offer opportunities for departments and employers to forge mutually beneficial relationships. These pages on internship programs were developed as a result of discussions at the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.
Benefits of successful internship programsSuccessful internship programs are win-win-win opportunities.
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- Enhances your reputation on campus, among administrators, faculty, and students
- Links to local/regional employers of your alumni, past, present, and future
- Ongoing relationship provides additional opportunities for present and future students to participate in internships
- Enhances your reputation among other employers in your region
- Selling point for student recruitment efforts
- Real-life experience, "testing the waters" to see whether they enjoy a particular job in a particular company
- Improved post-graduation chances at employment
- Opportunity to apply classroom learning to real situations
- Opportunity to meet mentors outside of academia
- Increased productivity
- Source of new ideas
- Connection to potential source of future employees
- Cost-effective staffing
Examples of internship programsReady to create an internship program at your college or university, but looking for examples so you don't have to reinvent the wheel? Here are a few.
- Michigan Tech's Co-op Program
- The University of Utah's Department of Geology and Geophysics
- California State University - Fullerton's Department of Geological Sciences (look for the "internships" link in the navigation menu)