Navigating the transition from student to professional can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. Internships are an excellent way to gain hands on experience, network with potential employers, and get a better idea of what types of work you like (and dislike!). Internships often also provide specific career development opportunities, like professional mentorship and workshops that give you the tools you need to succeed in the workforce.

Earth Lab hosts career panels and events with various Earth science organizations. The internship, fellowship, and entry-level job opportunities that we learn about through these events are listed here. Earth Lab also hosts an undergraduate internship program for CU students.

Apple Internships and Entry-Level Positions

Open to: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates

Summary: Apple offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as a wide array of entry-level opportunities. Positions are at their headquarters in Santa Clara Valley, California and other offices around the globe.

Booz Allen Hamilton Internships and Entry-Level Positions

Open to: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates

Summary: Booz Allen Hamilton has data-intensive paid internships and entry-level positions across the U.S. Many are at their headquarters in the Washington D.C. metro area.

DigitalGlobe Internships and Entry-Level Positions

Open to: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates

Summary: DigitalGlobe offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as a wide array of entry-level opportunities. Positions are at their headquarters in Westminster, CO and other offices around the globe.

ESIP Fellows

Open to: Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

Summary: This science communication fellowship is open to graduate students and postdocs in the Earth and environmental sciences, computer science, and Earth science education. The position is part-time and virtual with a stipend of $2,000 per year and free travel to two ESIP meetings (one in Washington DC, the other in an ESIP member location). Duties include attending and documenting ESIP meetings, writing blog posts, creating social media content, and participating in poster sessions at ESIP in-person meetings.

ESRI Internships

Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students

Summary: ESRI has a 12-week paid technical internship program at their headquarters in Redlands, California. They focus on providing interns with technical training and real world applications for tools learned in school. They also offer a student assistantship program where graduate students and fourth-year undergraduates attend and help plan the ESRI Federal GIS Conference.

ESRI Entry-Level Positions

Open to: Recent graduates

Summary: ESRI offers a wide array of entry-level positions including technical, customer-facing, and marketing roles. Most of these positions are at their headquarters in Redlands, CA but there are also plenty across the U.S. including at their offices in Broomfield, CO, Washington D.C., and other locations. The company emphasizes the importance of providing ongoing training, education, and mentorship opportunities for employees.

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Entry-Level Positions

Open to: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers

Summary: NASA has educational and career opportunities for students at all levels of study. There are several prestigious fellowships available for graduate students and postdocs. For undergraduate students there are paid research-based internship opportunities year round. There are also a variety of opportunities for recent graduates, both from master’s and undergrad programs.

NEON Internships and Seasonal Fieldwork Opportunities

Open to: Undergraduate students and recent graduates

Summary: NEON offers an 11-week undergraduate summer internship program. The program has a focus on professional development and includes mentorship, networking opportunities, and career seminars. Internships are paid and include airfare to Boulder and lodging.

NEON hires hundreds of seasonal field technicians each year, typically from May to September. Positions are aimed at recent graduates and located at NEON field sites in 24 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Participants can be fauna, flora, or aquatic technicians and might perform both field and lab work.

UNAVCO Internships

Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students

Summary: UNAVCO offers various opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at their office in Boulder, Colorado. Their UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) is an 8-week summer program. The duties of USIP students vary depending on business needs.

Their RECESS internship is an 11-week research-intensive NSF-funded program aimed at undergraduate students from groups historically underrepresented in the Earth sciences. Participants are placed at a variety of local earth science institutions including CU Boulder, the USGS in Golden, Colorado, or UNAVCO. Students can participate in the program for several summers in a row, and in their second or third summer might work elsewhere in the U.S., such as another university, government lab, or company. A stipend, airfare to Boulder, and lodging are included.

Other Organizations

  • B Lab
  • Bishop-Brogden Associates
  • Black Sky
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Carto
  • The Climate Corporation
  • Colorado Technology Association
  • Colorado State, County, and Town Jobs (e.g. City of Boulder, County of El Paso)
  • Descartes Labs
  • Development Seed
  • Earthvisionz
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Factual
  • Google
  • Harris Geospatial
  • Hivemapper
  • Intermap
  • Jupiter Intelligence
  • Kairos Aerospace
  • Lyft
  • Mapbox
  • Mapquest
  • Maxar Technologies
  • McKinsey
  • Navigant
  • NCAR
  • NREL
  • One Earth Future Foundation
  • Orbital Insight
  • Placeable
  • Planet Labs
  • Roximity
  • Sanborn
  • Sonoran Institute
  • Stanley Consultants
  • Telenav
  • Thinknear
  • Trimble
  • Uber
  • Ubisense
  • UCAR
  • USAJOBS - BLM, Department of Interior, NOAA, National Park Service, USGS, EPA
  • Water for People
  • Western Resource Advocates
  • WRA Environmental Consultants
  • Wright Water Engineers

 

And here are some pre-compiled lists that others have put together:

US Geospatial Companies

List of Top 100 Geospatial Start-Ups

 

If you have an opportunity for students or young professionals that may fit on this list, please email earth.lab@colorado.edu.