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John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

USGS Internship Opportunities for NSF Supported PhD Students

Intern with the U.S. Geological Survey!

2-12 month internship opportunities at USGS Science Centers, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Are you a current NSF Graduate Research Fellow?

NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) is for you!

Are you an NSF-funded PhD candidate currently supported on an active NSF research grants?

NSF Graduate Student Preparedness (GSP) is for you!

USGS Graduate Internship Opportunities

Current as of February 2017. Watch for New Opportunities in March. GSP application deadlines vary by NSF Directorate, refer to the DCL. For FY17, they are open, subject to availability of funds.

Internship Opportunities:   1-15   |   16-30   |   31-42

Program

Project Title

Point of Contact

Location

Duration

Primary
Field of Study

Secondary
Field of Study

A Critical Assessment of Recent Soil Dating Methods in Coastal Wetlands

California Water Science Center

A Critical Assessment of Recent Soil Dating Methods in Coastal Wetlands

Are you interested in coastal wetlands and how they form in the landscape? In this internship you will learn about wetland formation and how carbon accumulates in wetland soils over time. In addition, you will learn to learn how to critically evaluate soil dating methods that are currently being used to report carbon accumulation to the US EPA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Read More

Judith Drexler
drexler@usgs.gov

Sacramento, CA

Up to 12 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Geochemistry (soils), Coastal Wetlands

A National-scale River Corridor Model

National Research Program

A National-scale River Corridor Model
The need for better models and more effective use of data to characterize river corridor transport processes is keenly felt, from evaluating the effectiveness of river and watershed management practices all the way to clarifying regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. Read More

Reston, VA

Up to 12 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Geomorphology (fluvial), Computer Modeling

A tale of two coasts: tidal marsh persistence with changing climate and sea-level rise

Western Ecological Research Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

A tale of two coasts: tidal marsh persistence with changing climate and sea-level rise
Tidal wetlands are an important management concern because of their ability to attenuate storm surges, sequester carbon, improve water quality, and provide habitat for tidal marsh-dependent species. The overall goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the combined effects of inundation, due to sea-level rise and storm surges, and other climate factor on tidal marsh physical and biological processes to provide guidance to natural resource managers to reduce these threats and increase resilience. Read More

Karen Thorne
kthorne@usgs.gov

San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station – Vallejo CA, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center – Laurel, MD

12 months

DEB Environmental Biology

Ecology (wetlands), Climate Change

Airborne geophysical imaging of weak zones on Mt. Iliamna, Alaska toward understanding volcanic landslide hazards

Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center

Airborne geophysical imaging of weak zones on Mt. Iliamna, Alaska toward understanding volcanic landslide hazards
Flank collapses of volcanoes pose significant potential hazards, including triggering lahars, eruptions, and tsunamis. Controls on the stability of volcanoes include the distribution of hydrothermal alteration and the location of groundwater. Groundwater position, abundance, and flow rates within a volcano affect the transmission of fluid pressure and the transport of mass and heat. Read More

Carol Finn
cfinn@usgs.gov

Denver, CO

9 – 12 months

EAR  Earth Sciences

Volcanology, Remote Sensing

Are the USGS Benchmark Glaciers spatially representative? Using geodetic constraints to develop a regional glacier mass balance record

Alaska Science Center

Are the USGS Benchmark Glaciers spatially representative? Using geodetic constraints to develop a regional glacier mass balance record
This project will integrate observations collected over a 50-year interval to provide deep insight into long-term patterns of glacier change in Alaska. Results will contribute to a broad range of disciplines from sea level change to fish biology. Work with an enthusiastic, dynamic group to understand the forcing behind the rapid change in the complex Alaska mountain glacier region. Read More

Shad O'Neel
soneel@usgs.gov

Anchorage, AK

Up to 12 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Glaciology, Photogrammetry

Assessing the uncertainty in model estimated streamflows: A case study using watersheds and rain gage network in Chicago metropolitan area

Illinois-Iowa Water Science Center

Assessing the uncertainty in model estimated streamflows: A case study using watersheds and rain gage network in Chicago metropolitan area
The intern will benefit through professional growth gained by academic training in hydrologic science, statistical analysis, and numerical modeling. The intern will also benefit from mentoring opportunities with the PIs and other USGS scientists; with academic professionals at University of Illinois–Urbana, and potential co-authorship on one or more scientific publications. Read More

David T. Soong
dsoong@usgs.gov

Urbana, IL

Up to 12 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Hydrology (watershed), statistics, modeling

Assessment of historical recruitment of grass carp in the Sandusky River

Illinois-Iowa Water Science Center

Assessment of historical recruitment of grass carp in the Sandusky River
This is an interdisciplinary project linking stream ecology and hydraulic engineering. The intern will join a team to conduct scientific research on a “hot-topic problem” that has gained national attention. The intern will benefit by gaining exposure to a real-world problem that perhaps cannot be found in textbooks. The intern would have personal growth experiences and exposure to a carrier path different than academia. Read More

Tatiana Garcia
tgarcia@usgs.gov

Urbana, IL

Up to 12 months

DEB Environmental Biology

Ecology (stream), Hydrologic Engineering

Assessment of Infiltration and Recharge due to Wetland Restoration in a Semiarid Ecosystem

Western Geographic Science Center

Assessment of Infiltration and Recharge due to Wetland Restoration in a Semiarid Ecosystem
This intern will work with an exciting team of scientists to develop novel approaches to assess wetland restoration. Methods include documenting baseline conditions and monitoring site evolution, hydrologic modeling, using shallow piezometers to estimate recharge and storage change, tracking streambed water exchanges using heat as a tracer, and estimating percolation using electrical resistivity. Read More

Laura M. Norman
lnorman@usgs.gov

Tucson, AZ

Up to 12 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Hydrology, Wetlands Restoration

Behavioral thermoregulation in brook trout: implications for climate change

Leetown Science Center

Behavioral thermoregulation in brook trout: implications for climate change
Our proposed research bridges this gap between field- and laboratory-based research by simulating thermal heterogeneity and measuring fish habitat selection in an experimental setting. This research would benefit the GRIP Intern by providing technical skills for fish collection and behavioral assessment, as well as analytical skills for understanding dynamic responses to climate change. The incumbent would collaborate with Leetown Science Center (LSC) staff on presentations and publications from this research. Read More

Nathaniel Hitt
nhitt@usgs.gov

Kearneysville, WV

Up to 12 months

DEB Environmental Biology

Ecology, Climate Change

Clean data from dirty waters: solving particle interference in optical sensors

New England Water Science Center

Clean data from dirty waters: solving particle interference in optical sensors
Work in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, as part of the USGS WEBB team investigating dissolved organic carbon (DOC) dynamics in five forested catchments across the U.S. Help the scientific community better utilize in-stream fluorescence by solving the problem of particle interference. Design field and laboratory sensor testing, with opportunities to publish results. Read More

Jamie Shanley
jshanley@usgs.gov

Montpelier, VT

Up to 12 months

CBET Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

Hydrology (watershed), Sediment Load

Climate Change Effects on Streamflow in New York

New York Water Science Center

Climate Change Effects on Streamflow in New York
There is keen interest in the effects of climate change on water resources across New York State and the Northeast. New York is one of the first states to enact a climate change resiliency law. There is a large group of state agencies and other stakeholders who are highly interested in how climate change may affect river flooding and water supply. This work will provide an assessment of whether current patterns and trends in streamflow are consistent with expectations as to how climate change may impact flowing waters into the future. Read More

Douglas Burns
daburns@usgs.gov

Troy, NY

2 - 6 months

EAR Earth Sciences

Climate, Streamflow

Climate-induced changes in phenology in coastal ecosystems

DOI Northeast Climate Science Center

Climate-induced changes in phenology in coastal ecosystems
Shifts in phenology provide one of the strongest indicators of an organism’s adaptive capacity to climate change, yet it is one of the most poorly known consequences of future impacts. This project seeks to improve understanding and develop adaptation strategies of the effects of phenological shifts and trophic mismatches in Atlantic coastal fish, seabird and marine mammal species. Read More

Michelle Staudinger
mstaudinger@usgs.gov

Amherst, MA

Up to 12 months

DEB Environmental Biology

Ecology, Phenology

Climate-Landscape Response (CLaRe) Metrics: Applications for managers

Western Geographic Science Center

Climate-Landscape Response (CLaRe) Metrics: Applications for managers
Never before has there been a tool to map the location and phenological status of buffelgrass, including nascent populations, on a regional scale. Although developed for a specific management issue, CLaRe metrics hold promise for many natural resource applications. You will demonstrate these metrics in the context of a compelling and important management issue of your choice developed with the principal investigator (PI). Read More

Cynthia Wallace
cwallace@usgs.gov 

Tucson, AZ

Up to 12 months

AGS Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Geospatial Data, Climate Change

Development of a secondary ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer

Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center

Development of a secondary ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer
For the Fellow, this is an opportunity to acquire many new skills in the process of helping to develop a unique instrument. The knowledge and skills acquired by the Fellow will be valuable assets to be used throughout their career and shared with other members of the scientific community. Read More

Matt Emmons
MEmmons@usgs.gov

Denver, CO

12 months

ENG Engineering

Physics, Instrument Design

Development of methods distinguishing live and dead cell DNA for qPCR detection and quantification of pathogen genes in environmental samples for quantitative microbial risk assessment

Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center

Development of methods distinguishing live and dead cell DNA for qPCR detection and quantification of pathogen genes in environmental samples for quantitative microbial risk assessment
Molecular methods such as quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) allow scientists the ability to target specific genes allowing for a rapid, sensitive, and cost-effective way to determine the presence and relative abundance of potential pathogen genes in the environment. Read More

Carrie Givens
cgivens@usgs.gov

Lansing, MI

6 - 9 months (9 months preferable)

BIO Biological Sciences

Microbiology, Environmental Health

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