Internship Postings

There are many great opportunities to gain experience through internships in both Geography and Atmospheric Science. Options include short- and long-term, paid and unpaid, and some positions may lead to permanent jobs. The most recent positions are listed first. Note that both Geography and Atmospheric Science positions are listed on this page. For more internship resources, please check out the KU Career Center's Internship Resources page, which includes listings, information on credit, internships abroad, and more. Additionally, both the department and Geography & Atmospheric Science student organizations and clubs offer resources and career-related events. 

Job Title

Rapid Response Internship

Posted February 21, 2018
Application Deadline N/A


Location Shepherdstown, WV

Essential duties

Download, analyze, and provide basic annotation of imagery as it pertains to our offshore monitoring and incident response work.

  1. Daily monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico using Landsat and Sentinel satellite imagery.
  2. Regular imagery monitoring of marine pollution hot-spots around the world, including but not limited to:
    1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) coastal areas;
    2. the Taylor Energy site;
    3. the Caspian Sea – Oil Rocks;
    4. the Strait of Malacca; and
    5. the Gulf of Guinea.
  3. Regularly producing imagery of other issues, such as expansion of mining impacts, growth of oil and gas infrastructure, deforestation near the Tar Sands, or other environmental issues related to the intern’s specific thematic interests.
  4. Regularly producing posts for SkyTruth’s blog and social media accounts that (a) demonstrate the value of satellite imagery for global environmental monitoring, and (b) provide specific intervention points for the public to demand policy changes (e.g., tailings pond failures provide arguments against mining elsewhere).


We are looking for self-directed individuals, with a passion for using science to protect the environment.  Interns should have demonstrated GIS experience, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, a desire to learn new skills and solve complex conservation problems, and superior written and verbal communication. Interns should be available to work a minimum of 8 hrs per week (up to 20) at SkyTruth’s office in Shepherdstown, WV. Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates. Interns can expect to earn $12 per hour.


Preferred qualifications

Other desirable attributes include:

  • Strong interest in Python for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;
  • Geospatial analysis including work in QGIS, ArcGIS, and/or Google Earth Engine;
  • Strong interest in Javascript and relevant web mapping platforms (e.g., ArcGIS Online, Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Maps, and Google Earth Engine);
  • Experience with gathering and analyzing satellite imagery and other remotely-sensed data;
  • Graphics production skills and video editing; and
  • A background in Environmental Science or Policy, Ecology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Political Science, or a related field.
Salary / Benefits 



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Job Title

Planning Intern

Posted February 20, 2018
Application Deadline Continuous


City of Olathe
Location Olathe, KS

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.
  • Respond to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Research and compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations and books for use in reports and special projects.
  • Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.
  • Serve as liaison between planning departments and other departments and agencies.
  • Prepare reports using statistics, charts, graphs to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use, or zoning.
  • Participate in and support team planning efforts.
  • Provide and process zoning and project permits and applications.
  • Perform clerical duties such as composing, typing and proofreading documents, scheduling appointments and meetings, handling mail and posting public notices.
  • Inspect sites and review plans for minor development permit applications.
  • Review street tree and landscape plans.
  • Provide customer assistance/information.

Experience:  Possess strong organizational skills.  Familiar with computer software such as MS-Word, Excel, and other related computer applications.

Education:  Course work in Urban and Regional Planning preferred or a related field.

Salary / Benefits 



Apply at: (ID: 201800036)

Job Title

GIS Intern

Posted February 20, 2018
Application Deadline Continuous


City of Olathe
Location Olathe, KS
 Assist with GIS map production and other related work. 
 GPS field data collection. 
 Correction of Utilities data within SDE environment. 
 Other related support activities.  
 Perform duties and responsibilities as required.
Experience:  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Good computer skills required.  Past work or
education using ESRI suite of products.
Education:  High school diploma or GED.
Salary / Benefits 



Apply at:​ (ID: 201800053)

Job Title

Undergraduate Internship Program - Cartographer, Editor, Graphic or Interactive Designer

Posted Ongoing 
Application Deadline N/A


Central Intelligence Agency
Location Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a variety of majors, including geography, geo-science, graphic or interactive/UI/UX design, English, journalism, or communications. Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and be continuing school on a fulltime basis following this assignment. Interns should be available for a 90-day internship with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Knowledge of industry-standard graphic design, interactive design, or cartographic software, and familiarity with mobile and web production is desired.

Interns or Co-ops can work for one 90-day tour, or multiple 90-day tours over the summer and/or during the academic year, depending on the student's availability and on the requirements of the academic program.

The following items must be attached to your online application (pdf formal preferred):

  • Your resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work as a cartographer, graphic or interactive designer, or editor, and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • For graphic and interactive designers: A creative portfolio of two to three samples, demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory. A URL link is preferred over PDF samples. Mobile and web UI/UX samples, via URL, should be included for those interested in interactive design.
  • For Editorial Positions: Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers. You may excerpt longer papers.
  • For Cartographer positions: Two to five map samples. PDF or URL.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.


Salary / Benefits  $42,331 - $44,751 ($20.28 - $21.44 per hour)

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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