About the Program
The Earth Lab internship program immerses undergraduate students at University of Colorado - Boulder in data-intensive earth science research. Students are paired with a science mentor - either a faculty member, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student - to work on a research project.
Through training activities and working with Earth Lab experts, participants gain valuable experience in data exploration, visualization, and analysis and science communication. Specific skills that a typical intern might gain through the program include:
- Programming with R or Python
- Using computing and geospatial tools like Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jupyter Notebooks, GitHub, and QGIS
- Giving presentations on scientific research to various audiences
- Writing scientific materials such as abstracts, research papers, and blogs
How It Works
At the beginning of each semester, interns work with their mentors to establish specific goals to guide their learning throughout the semester. These goals might be to gain proficiency in a new programming language or increase their domain knowledge of an Earth process like tornados or wildfires.
Students reach these goals through independent study, working with mentors, and training seminars organized by Earth Lab in the realms of:
- scientific writing & communication
- scientific programming and open reproducible science workflows
- career pathways and development
At the end of each internship semester, students present their work to the Earth Lab community and are given constructive feedback on their projects.
Who Can Participate?
If you are a currently enrolled junior or senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, you are eligible for our internship program. Our program is not currently available to graduate students.
Currently, our internship positions are paid, however, there may be a credit option in the future. Each internship lasts a minimum of one semester as follows:
Summer: 20 hours / week
Spring: 10-15 hours / week
Fall: 10-15 hours / week
At the end of each semester, there is often an opportunity for interns to continue into the next semester.
Spend 80% of your allocated work time in the Earth Lab office space during business hours (M-F, 8am - 6pm). Earth Lab is full of knowledgeable graduate students, faculty, postdocs, staff and other interns. Spending time in the office provides the opportunity to collaborate with one another and other Earth Lab team members.
Submit all assignments on time. Assignments will vary by semester and generally include a research paper and an oral presentation.
Attend all scheduled internship seminars and presentations. There are exciting seminars, trainings and presentations planned each semester. We do our best to schedule these events around intern schedules.
Meet with mentor face-to-face at least once a week. This ensures that research stays on track and provides time to ask questions.
- Refactoring and Maintaining Python Code
- Calibrating Low-Cost Air Pollution Sensors Using Machine Learning
- What is Natural Language Processing and Why is it Hard?
- Remote Sensing Tools: SAM and NDVI
- Cropland State Transition Model
- Machine Learning and Underwater Biomass Characterization
- The Wizards of (O)pen (S)ource (S)oftware
- Mathematical Modeling of Air Pollution Over the Western US
- July 8, 2016 - The Day Hayden Pass Burned
- Dialogue Vs. Deficit: Strategies for Science Communication