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GeoCorps Diversity Internships

The Geological Society of America and its federal partners—the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management—are proud to announce the development of an exciting new facet of the GeoCorps America program—the GeoCorps Diversity Internships! GeoCorps Diversity Internships are paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—America’s National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands. The principal goal of the GeoCorps Diversity Internships is to stimulate interest

in careers in geoscience research and education among

groups underrepresented in geoscience professions. This program introduces participants to careers in the federal government and can help create a federal workforce that better reflects the diverse makeup of the

U.S. population. GeoCorps Diversity Internships will help GSA and its

federal partners work toward their common goals of increasing diversity intheir respective fields. Application to the program is open to all qualified

people who meet the eligibility requirements.  All applicants are given equal

opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors. GeoCorps Diversity Internship positions are listed on the main GeoCorps Positions page. *Please note that GeoCorps Diversity Internships are currently taking place only on National Park Service lands. Positions will be added by other partner agencies in upcoming seasons.




The goals of the GeoCorps Diversity Internships are:

  1. Broaden participation in the field of geoscience.
  2. Create a larger and more diverse pool of potential employees for GeoCorps’ partner agencies:  National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and  Bureau of Land Management.
  3. Encourage continued study and career development of people in groups that are historically under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.
  4. Advance the partner agencies' (NPS, USFS, and BLM) and the Geological Society of America's commitment to diversity.



  1. The GeoCorps Diversity Internships accept applications from all qualified candidates who meet the general GeoCorps America eligibility requirements. Members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. These groups include but are not limited to African-American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander, and persons with disabilities.
  2. Although geoscience knowledge and skills are a significant requirement for most positions, GeoCorps invites students from diverse disciplines—including chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, ecology, hydrology, meteorology, the social sciences, and the humanities—to apply. Applicants with backgrounds outside of the geosciences should be mindful of each position’s qualifications and are advised to apply to positions for which they can meet all of the qualifications.



  1. The selection process for the GeoCorps Diversity Internships is identical to the process used for other GeoCorps America positions. GSA performs an initial screening of applications and passes all qualified and eligible applications on to site supervisors. The supervisors then interview top candidates by phone and make the final selection based on how well the candidates fit the needs of the project.
  2. The GeoCorps Diversity Internship program follows Equal Employment Opportunity principles. Selection of positions will be made solely on the basic of merit and qualifications, without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.


Those interested in GeoCorps Diversity Internships may also be interested in GeoCorps American Indian Internships. GeoCorps American Indian Internships were developed to increase the participation of American Indians in the geosciences. This program introduces American Indian participants to careers in the federal government and provides real-world experience with geoscience research and education. American Indians with a background in geoscience and/or related fields, such as natural resources, physical sciences, environmental science, computer science, education/interpretation, recreation management, land management, and others, are strongly encouraged to apply. Application to the program is open to all qualified people who meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, see the GeoCorps American Indian Internships web-page.


GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America, in partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.  The program offers paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—America’s National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands. Past GeoCorps projects have taken place in Grand Canyon National Park (AZ), Denali National Park and Preserve (AK), Tongass National Forest (AK), Sierra National Forest (CA), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (UT), Craters of the Moon National Monument (ID), and dozens of other amazing public lands. GeoCorps project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping , GIS (Geographic Information Systems), minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, cave/karst science,  education, and interpretation. For a full description of the GeoCorps America program, please see the main GeoCorps America website.


Other diversity-DRIVEN INTERNSHIP & Fellowship PROGRAMS

Research Experiences in the Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) at UNAVCO (University Navstar Consortium) (Boulder, CO)

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (Boulder, CO)

AGI (American Geological Institute) Minority Participation Program

National Park Service Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program

U.S. Department of Energy Minority Internship Program

U.S. Department of Energy American Indian Internship Program

Smithsonian Institute Minority Internship Program

Smithsonian Institute Native American Internship Program

University of Colorado “SMART” (Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training) Program (Boulder, CO)

MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)

Stanford University Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE)

NSF/Hopa Mountain Native Science Fellows program

If you have any questions, please contact the GeoCorps Program Manager, Matthew Dawson at .