Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

The opportunities listed below are generally summer internships for undergraduates entering their junior or senior years of college. Generally research opportunities range from 8-12 weeks. Many are paid, but not necessarily all. Please check the individual sites for student eligibility, application deadlines and processes.


Diverse selection of research opportunities, not limited to geology.

Keck (30% of participants are from outside of the Keck Consortium)

A large selection of research opportunities in geology. These opportunities often involve a strong field component. Some are international.

NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

Planetary geology in various institutes funded by NASA.

Lunar Planetary Institute

Programs in space studies.

IRIS internship program

Seismology based internship.

Southern California Earthquake Center

Several research opportunities in the Earth Sciences. Not necessarily limited to seismology.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Science, Paleobiology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Museum Education.

Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research at Caltech and JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab).

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Summer Program

Various research opportunities related to oceanography and marine geology.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Summer internships in ocean science and technology.

Carnegie Institute of Washington Summer Scholars

Summer research program in a diverse selection of Earth Science fields.

Student Conservation Association

A large selection of possible summer job opportunities. Most are available to students over 18 years of age.

Geological Society of America

Summer job opportunities in National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands.