Geography and Earth Science Internships

In today's global marketplace, it's becoming more and more important to distinguish yourself from the crowd and maximize your marketability to potential employers.  College internships are an excellent way to get ahead in your field. 

Students with internships….

  • Obtain valuable experience in a real-world setting and serves as a way to verify your right career path
  • Gain an insider's glimpse into an industry, company, or particular occupation.
  • Have the opportunity to establish important career networking contacts.
  • Take knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it in a real world setting.
  • Further their education in their field of choice.
  • Develop the skills needed to perform jobs with greater efficiency.
  • May receive college credit, putting them that much closer to completing their degree program.
  • May be granted direct job offers or, at the very least, a head start in their job search.
  • May have the opportunity to travel and explore other areas of the country. 
  • May be eligible to earn an income.

These are just a few of the many reasons students should strongly consider internships as part of their course of study. Here at UWL, the Geography and Earth Science Department has well established Cooperative Education Agreements with many local private sector and government agencies involved with research, resource management, and spatial analysis.  We have a long history of working with the following organizations to provide students with useful, career-advancing internships:

If you are interested in an internship, be sure to talk to your academic advisor or the department chair for more information and check out the resources on UWL's Career Services page!

Funding for Unpaid Internships

Prairie Springs Unpaid Internship Grant ($1,500; Fall & Spring Deadlines) expanding section

The Prairie Springs Fund will provide grants for unpaid internships. To be eligible for this grant, the unpaid internship must be related to environmental studies or wildlife habitat protection and conservation. Students must have already accepted the internship offer before applying for the grant. In addition to the general scholarship application, there are supplemental questions.

Supplemental Questions: 

  1. Are you registered for academic credit for an unpaid internship?
  2. Through what course number are you registered to get credit for this internship?
  3. Is your internship unpaid?
  4. Internship title
  5. Employer name and location (city, state)
  6. UWL faculty intern advisor name
  7. Beginning and end date of your internship (ex. Oct. 1, 2020 to Dec. 23, 2020)
  8. How many hours per week will you work at your internship? (average per week)
  9. Did you transfer to UWL from another college or university?
  10. Describe your duties/responsibilities/projects in the internship and the skills and knowledge that you will gain.
  11. Describe how this internship will contribute to your career goals?
  12. Describe your financial need and the impact this grant could have.
  13. Describe how this internship is relevant to environmental studies or wildlife habitat protection and conservation.

For more information on the UWL Foundation website, please follow the link.

Students must apply through the Foundation Scholarship Application Portal (use Prairie Springs as the search filter).

Connect with Us!

Join the Geography and Earth Science Department's LinkedIn Group and Google Groups to learn more about internship and careers obtained by our majors, and to receive announcements about internship and career opportunities relevant to Geography and Earth Science majors.

Join the UWL Geography & Earth Science LinkedIn Page expanding section

To connect with UWL Geography and Earth Science students, alumni, faculty, and staff, join our LinkedIn page.

Join the GEO/ESC Majors & Minors Google Group expanding section

The Department of Geography and Earth Science utilizes the Majors and Minors Google Group to communicate important information about internship opportunities, scholarships, and undergraduate research experiences available to our students

To join the UWL Geography and Earth Science Majors and Minors Google Group, please email Colin Belby and request access.

Join the UWL Geography & Earth Science Google Group expanding section

UWL Geography and Earth Science utilizes the "Geography & Earth Science" Google Group to communicate information about job opportunities, conferences, and Department activities.

Alumni and friends of the Department of Geography and Earth Science are welcome to join the Google Group by visiting and logging into your Google account. Once on the Groups page,  search "UWL Geography & Earth Science" and click the ask to join buttonimagewc94ujl.png.

Email Colin Belby if you need assistance.

Virtual Student Federal Service Program (VSFS)

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely from their school, dorm room, apartment, local library or coffee shop – wherever they happen to be! Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects. They report to their mentors at the Department of State and other federal government agencies in the U.S. and around the world by email, phone, or video chat. VSFS is managed by the Office of eDiplomacy in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management. VSFS collaborates with federal agencies across government on this program.

For more information, visit their website.