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Undergraduate Internships

What Is An Internship?

An internship is a career-related, educational, work experience in which you take on a role as a worker in an organization.  Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, “test” out various careers and work environments, develop career-related skills, and connect with professionals for future networking. The experience is intended to help prepare you for a career by adding to your resume and expanding your knowledge beyond the classroom. While these jobs may not always be called "internships," these part-time or short-term job opportunities are an integral part of your educational experience.

Recent Internship and Job Postings

Below is a select list of undergraduate job and internship positions in the fields of Geography, Geographic Information Science, and Atmospheric Sciences. Also provided is an up-to-date listing of positions offered through the Center for Career and Professional Success (ASC Career Success) for which all students registered with Handshake are eligible to apply.

Getting started using Handshake is easy!  All Columbus campus Arts and Sciences majors are granted an account upon enrollment. To activate your account, go to Handshake. This is a free resource and provides a direct link to employers that want to recruit you!  

To learn more about Handshake and the ASC Career Success Office’s other services, such as resume reviews, mock interviewing, and career prep advising, visit their website. The office also maintains a robust listing of upcoming campus and online career events on their events calendar

This listing is directly from Handshake and lists some of the positions posted there.  These positions are from employers who list "geography" as a degree they would be interested in their potential employee having.


Other Internship Search Options

AccuWeather - posts position information at https://careers.accuweather.com/

American Association of Geographers (AAG) - posts information about geography internships at http://www.aag.org/cs/internships

Center for Aviation Studies - for information about internships for Air Transportation students: https://aviation.osu.edu/students/internships

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) - for information about student job opportunities - https://www.esri.com/en-us/about/careers/job-search?experience=Student 

GIS Jobs - a general job board for GIS jobs - https://www.gisjobs.com/ 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) - for information about opportunities - https://www.nga.mil/Careers/StudentOpp/Pages/default.aspx

National Weather Service (NOAA) - information available at www.USAJobs.gov

Ohio Department of Transportation - information available at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Employment/Pages/ODOT-Job-Postings.aspx

Ohio Environmental Council - information available at https://theoec.org/careers-internships/ 

US Census Bureau  - information available at www.USAJobs.gov 

Internships For Credit

As part of your academic journey, you have the option of bringing back the knowledge and experience you've gained in your job to integrate that real-world knowledge and reflect on the connections with your academic studies. By taking ATMOSSC 4191 /GEOG 4191, you'll complete written assignments that will challenge you to connect your work experiences and what you've learned in your classes to your career goals, giving your overall education a clear focus. You will also get a performance evaluation from your work organization.

Some additional guidelines for internships are:

  • You can earn 1-5 credit hours for their experience; 1 credit hour = 50 hours of work. Students in Geographic Information Sciences enrolling in GEOG 4191 must take a minimum of 3 credit hours to earn credit towards the major. 
  • Internships for credit are normally paid, although exceptions can be made with permission from the professor. 
  • Hours must be completed within the semester of enrollment for ATMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191.
  • You must have completed 12 credit hours within their major before they can enroll in ATMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191.
  • The course is graded on a S/U basis.  A satisfactory grade requires the completion of all assignments and a report submitted by the supervisor at the end of the internship.
  • You can enroll in GEOG/ATMOSSC 4191 multiples times on the condition that the workplace/employer differs. Students in the Geographic Information Sciences Major can enroll in GEOG 4191 once for credit towards the major.
  • Enrollment in GEOG/ATMOSSC 4191 is for a single internship. Multiple internships cannot be combined to meet the hours requirement. 

Process to Enroll

If you want to enroll in ATMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191, you should:

  • Research and seek out work or internship opportunities (You are responsible for securing your own internship experience.
  • Secure the work/internship position. You should inform your supervisor of your intent to pursue internship credit and the need to complete learning objectives for the work experience.
  • Complete the ATMOSSC 4191/GEOG 4191 Enrollment Form – see DOCUMENTS FOR INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT below.
  • Submit the completed Enrollment Form to the Geography Department Internship Coordinator who will then approve or send back to you for revision processing the form and enrolling you in the course.

The deadline for Submission of the ATMOSSC 4191/GEOG 4191 Enrollment Form is 10 business days prior to the start of the term to allow sufficient time for instructor review and enrollment by start of term.

Internship Coordinator

If you have questions about submitting a work experience/internship for credit, please contact the undergraduate advisor for more information, Jocelyn Nevel.

Documents for Information and Enrollment

Download the form below for a fillable PDF.  Form must be typed for submission.