Youth and Education in Science

Ecology Summer Intern Program

The ESA/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program was established in 2018 to complement the USGS longstanding NAGT/USGS field training program. The parternship with Ecological Society of America targets students with training in biological field methods. See below for more information about the programs.

 

Information for Nominated Students

Information for Nominated Students

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Information for Field Instructors

Information for Field Instructors

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What is the ESA/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program?

The ESA/USGS collaboration seeks to bring students trained in ecological and biological field methods to USGS for internship opportunities. It is additive to our longstanding NAGT program. Now in its fifth decade, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past fifty-one years, more than 2,400 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS.

With active participation and support from the highest levels of both the NAGT, USGS and now ESA, a joint committee oversees the program. The program “year” begins in September with calls to field camp directors and field supervisors who are invited to nominate well-qualified students. Nominated students apply by sending a resume, letter of interest, and transcripts to the USGS YES Office. At the same time, USGS scientists interested in working with an intern send information about proposed field and laboratory related scientific projects to the YES Office. Candidates are then matched by their coursework, skills, and interests with up to five projects. The listing of candidates and accompanying academic information are sent to USGS scientists for review, interviews, selection or possible further discussion. As interdisciplinary system science is a cornerstone of USGS science, all science disciplines are encouraged and do take advantage of this program. Students hired through this program have continually received outstanding reviews from our managers.

Over the years, NAGT has succeeded in identifying top-flight students for the program, and the USGS has succeeded in garnering the interest of competent and enthusiastic supervising mentors. The Cooperative Summer Field Training Programs provides a first-rate professional experience to students early in their careers. These wonderful partnerships influence the career paths of future scientists in positive and exciting ways.

Click on the image below to see a full list of this year's Cooperative Summer Field Training Program placements.

Cooperative Summer Field Training Program (CSFTP) 2019 Brochure