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 federal science workplaces and provide career mentoring.


Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

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Guidelines for Researchers

Guidelines for Researchers

All the scoop on how to apply.


NSF Programs under this Partnership

There is currently one NSF program in this partnership, the INTERN program.  (The previous Graduate Research Internship Program, or GRIP, has been suspended as of October 2020; NSF Graduate Reseaerch Fellows are eligible to apply under INTERN.) The graduate student will write a short (2-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.

·       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. NOTE: Students and researchers can find each other in any of a number of ways. The opportunities listed are a starting point, but not the only way to connect with USGS researchers.

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