Internships are mentored, one-on-one experiences that offer students individual practical experience in settings that match their particular interests. When possible, internships tie in with a student’s other coursework to magnify and extend the impact of the internship, and to provide benefits to both students and host organizations. Because of the broad range of disciplines that intersect with environmental studies and sciences, the menu of possible internships is rich and varied.

The IDEA Undergraduate Research Program┬áprovides paid geoscience research opportunities and graduate school preparation at UNC-Chapel Hill to full-time undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students in the geosciences and provide the support and training necessary to pursue a graduate degree. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program.

For more information about internship or career opportunities, please contact Greg Gangi at the Institute for the Environment at 919-962-9805 or email