Youth and Education in Science

Geology Summer Intern Program

Established in 1965, the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is now one of the longest continuing science internship programs in the country. Over 2,400 students have participated in this program from its inception, with many participants proceeding on to distinguished careers with the USGS, with academia, and with industry.

Information for Field Camp Directors

Information for Field Camp Directors

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Information for Nominated Students

Information for Nominated Students

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Click below to see photo albums of past interns and their experiences.

Kacey Garber

Oleg Kozel

John Malone

Summer Field Assistant Internships

What is the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training 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-three 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 and USGS, a joint committee oversees the program. The program “year” begins in September with over 100 field camp directors being provided information about the program and the opportunity to nominate up to three students, based on total camp enrollment. (View a current list of schools that host geology field camps and find useful information about each field camp.) Nominated students apply by sending a resume, letter of interest, and transcripts to the USGS Education 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 Education 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.

NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program Projects

Cooperative Summer Field Training Program (CSFTP) 2019 Brochure 

 

 

Previous NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program Interns By Year

The NAGT/USGS Internship Program has been operating continuously since its inception in 1965. The USGS has recently verified the names of NAGT interns back to 1989. Click here to see a complete list of intern names.