Job Overview


Internship Summary:  NAGT/USGS interns work on all sorts of different projects. Some of this work is done in the field, office, or laboratory.  New projects are available each year. NAGT/USGS Interns are placed where research is being done, which may be in almost any location throughout the U.S.
To read a history of the NAGT/USGS Internship Program and information about last year’s projects and student placements, visit

Background:  Started in 1965, the NAGT-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences.  Over the past forty years, more than 2250 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals establishing careers with USGS, academia, and with industry.
Nominated students must submit their application package to USGS by the deadline date. Although not all applicants will receive internships, every effort is made to provide as many placements as possible that will result in professional growth for the students and scientific contribution to the projects. A scientific panel reviews all student application materials.  Scientists who have submitted a proposal for an intern will interview and decide among the recommended applicants. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the home project site and housing for the summer.
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  


The internship experience attempts to complement the intern’s academic background and interests while allowing for further development in a range of natural science areas.   Based on the major focus of the science project, the positions may be filled within the following occupations:  Biologist, Cartographer, Chemist, Ecologist, Geographer, Geologist, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, or Physical Scientist.