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Careers, Internships, and Graduate Studies

There are numerous professional and career opportunities available to alumni and current students of our department's programs.  Scroll down for opportunities which have recently come to the attention of individual faculty members.  Please check back periodically for updates.

For additional information regarding the Geography Department's Internship Program, the minimum qualifications, and associated requirements, please contact:

Dr. James C. Saku, Internship Director


232 Gunter Hall

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD 21532


Office Phone: (301) 687-4724

Departmental Phone: (301) 687-4369

Departmental Fax: (301) 687-4495




General Career & Internship Sites

Geography Jobs

GeoScience Jobs



GIS Jobs Clearinghouse

GIS Jobs

GIS Careers

GIS Lounge 

Geo Jobs

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

Environmental Jobs
[This wesbite lists jobs with non-profits and government]

USA Jobs
[Lists openings in the Federal government]

Indeed  [general job bank]

Mapping Sciences Focus

Basic background on careers in the Mapping Sciences.


Nature: Mapping Opportunities: An overview of careers in the Mapping Sciences. Many good links to other mapping-related organizations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Provides a summary of the job forecast for those pursing a career in the mapping sciences.


A site discussing careers in Geography, what it takes to be a geographer and what you can do with a geography degree from the American Association of Geographers


A site describing various careers in the mapping sciences from the Cartography and Geographic Information Science.


A site from the Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) listing career opportunities in remote sensing and geographic information science.  


Organizational or Company Websites

Many of the organizations listed below have specific requirements and early deadlines for summer internship opportunities.  You are encouraged to examine these web pages to make sure you understand the requirements and can meet the deadlines.

American Planning Association

Association of American Geographers: occasionally hires interns to help with web site production, publicity, and geographic education. Located in downtown Washington DC

Geological Society of America: positions for students and graduates

Bureau of Land Managment: has opportunities in wildlife management experiences mostly in western states

Central Intelligence Agency: a very demanding internship opportunity.  Opportunities for many aspects of geography.  Apply early as the security clearance takes several months.

Environmental Careers Organization: a search engine for placement in various federal government offices (USGS, EPA, NOAA, etc.) often in the Washington DC metro area

Environmental Protection Agency: jobs for graduates; competitive scholarships and fellowships for students

Student Conservation Association: paid jobs at national parks and monuments, often with fieldwork, many offer/require GIS experience, and travel opportunities

U.S Government Student Jobs: national government database for students to log on, create a resume, and search by state and city region - many government agencies fill internship positions through this database

U.S. Geological Survey:  jobs for graduates; student jobs and internships across the U.S. with many opportunities in geography and earth science.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources: A listing of opportunities for internships in Maryland -- mostly in the Chesapeake Bay area.

National Geographic Society: talk to your advisor for an application packet, deadline is in the Fall for the following year

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration: an extensive listing of internship opportunities for students interested in coastal management practices

National Science Foundation Research Experiences: search for summer research opportunities in universities across the U.S.- a great opportunity if you're considering graduate school

National Security Agency: Offers many opportunities in the computer science, mathematics, and statistical realm

National Wildlife Federation: focuses on endangered species, land stewardship, and water resources

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education: geared toward undergraduate students in the sciences with practical experience in "doing" science - many opportunities for field work

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: aimed toward those students interested in wildlife and natural resource science, providing the information needed to better manage the nation's environmental resources

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study: competitive opportunities in Washington DC's many museums for students - some limited applications to geography

U.S. Census Bureau: Has numerous opportunities for geographers, cartographers, and GIS specialists

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Some opportunities for undergraduates to apply for positions in the physical sciences

U.S. Forest Service: Opportunities for those who enjoy the outdoors and of course the woods

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Several good opportunities for geography, earth science, and EVAP majors

U.S. Housing and Urban Development: for urban/regional planning, geography, and other social sciences

U.S. State Department: for those students desiring an extraordinary internship experience in the service of the United States

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection: for students interested in working in West Virginia's environment

Regional Internship Center of Southwest Pennsylvania: for students interested in applying for positions located in southwest Pennsylvania.

Western Pennsylvania Career Services Association: an organization geared toward helping students find internships in Western Pennsylvania. Holds a yearly job fair in Pittsburgh,

Pittsburgh Technology Center: another site for jobs & internships specifically focusing on technology in the greater Pittsburgh area.

New Opportunities

[Added 12/04/2011]

Great transition from college to career

Environmental Consulting Services (ECS) Mid-Atlantic, Frederick MD

ECS Division 4 Field Technician, Entry Level Soil and Concrete Quality Inspection Looking for ~1+ year commitment Starting $10.00/ Hour You will receive $3,000-$5,000 in certifications, paid by ECS.

Contact Dwane Schestag:

[Added 9/7/2011]
Graduate positions with arctrain

ArcTrain-Canada (, a new program on processes and 
impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian 
Arctic, is offering several funded PhD positions in Canadian 

- Quantification of lateral exchanges of heat and salt between 
boundary currents and the Central Labrador Sea (Dalhousie Univeristy, 

- Ocean-atmosphere-ice sheet isotopic modelling and stable water 
isotopes in the Laurentide and Greenland Ice Sheets (University of 

- Decadal-centennial climate and ocean changes in the subpolar NW 
North Atlantic during the last 2000 years (UQAM, Montreal)

- The Mid-Pliocene climate in Arctic and subarctic Canada (UQAM, Montreal)

- High resolution inter-annual climatology of the sub-polar North 
Atlantic for studies of the North Atlantic Current (University of 
Alberta, Edmonton)

- Forecasting future sea ice condition in the Arctic: A Lagrangian 
approach (McGill University, Montreal)

- Radioactive, radiogenic and light isotope signatures of surbarctic 
rivers from eastern Canada (UQAM, Montreal)

- Coupled ice and climate system modelling with a focus on high 
frequency variability/instability (Memorial University of 
Newfoundland, St. John's)

Visit for more information on how to apply.

Entry Level Environmental Planner – Oakland, CA

CH2M HILL is currently seeking an Environmental Project Planner. This entry-level position provides the opportunity to contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams in all phases of the execution and delivery of siting and licensing projects related to energy production and transmission. The planner will serve as a key team member working with scientists, engineers, project managers, and other project staff. The immediate need is for support of projects based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but planners based in our Oakland office often support projects throughout the western United States.

Candidates should be self-motivated professionals with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban, Regional, or Environmental Planning or a related field and with a desire to further establish themselves as professional project planner with an emphasis on land use planning and project permitting.

Visit for more information


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