Youth and Education in Science

USGS - NSF Graduate Student Internships

The National Science Foundation and USGS collaboration is designed to encourage, develop, and facilitate research opportunities at USGS for NSF-supported graduate students. Administered as supplements to NSF grants, a primary objective is to expose graduate students to the federal science workplace and provide career mentoring.

A recording of the 5/11 information session will be posted here.

Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

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Guidelines for Researchers

Guidelines for Researchers

All the scoop on how to apply.


Deadlines for both programs extended to June 8, 2020 for FY20 funds.

NSF Programs under this Partnership

There are currently two NSF programs in this partnership. In either, the graduate student will write a short (2-4 page) supplemental grant that is submitted to the relevant NSF program officer. The money will flow to the University and the student will come to the USGS on a volunteer agreement. The initial duration of the internship varies by program. The programs also differ in the students they target, budgets, and deadlines.

·       GRIP: Graduate Research Internship Program 18-069 

Students who currently hold a Graduate Research Fellowship are invited to apply under GRIP. Application deadlines are December 4 and May 6, annually.

·       INTERN: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students 21-013

This program targets any MS or Ph.D. student who is supported by an NSF grant to their academic advisor. (Currently Cyberinfrastructure and Astronomy limited to Ph.D. only.) Proposals are accepted at any time.

Students: Use the Current Opportunities link to find USGS scientists and projects in your research area.

Researchers and Students: Use the Guidelines for USGS Researchers link to learn about the application processes and deadlines.


Eleanour Snow

Manager, Youth and Education Programs
Office of Science Quality and Integrity - YES
Phone: 703-648-6647