Internships

Paid and unpaid internships are often arranged between the Geography Department and local employers or government agencies. Students who participate in our internship program gain on-the-job experience which greatly enhances their post-graduation employment opportunities. Some internships develop into full-time paid positions upon graduation.

You may receive 3 hours undergraduate credit (GEO490) or up to 6 hours graduate credit (GEO690) for internships. A graduate internship with a single agency/business performing the same or similar duties can only count for 3 hours credit. A second internship with a second agency/business or with significantly new duties may count for an additional 3 hours credit. See Dr. James Leonard for more details.

Internship guidelines

Geography students have completed internships at a dizzying array of agencies and businesses, including:

  • Wayne County, WV Assessor’s Office
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
  • Steptoe-Johnson law firm, Charleston, WV (oil and gas property rights mapping)
  • WV Governor’s Internship Program (various GIS-related positions)
  • National Weather Service, Charleston, WV
  • Chesapeake Energy, Charleston, WV
  • WV Department of Highways, Huntington, WV
  • Huntington, WV Planning and Zoning Department
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • WOWK TV meteorology department, Huntington, WV
  • Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, Fairbanks, AK
  • WV Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • Putnam County, WV Planning Department
  • Charleston, WV Planning and Zoning Department
  • WV State Historical Preservation Office, Charleston, WV
  • WV Department of Highways, Charleston, WV
  • Region III Planning, Huntington, WV
  • KYOWVA Interstate Planning, Catlettsburg, KY
  • WV Health Care Authority, Charleston, WV
  • Rahall Transportation Institute, Huntington, WV
  • FIVCO Area Development District, KY

Other options for internships could include:

  • WV State Tax Department
  • Huntington, WV Parks District
  • Huntington, WV Public Works
  • Beckley, WV Public Works
  • WV State GIS Coordinator’s Office
  • WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • WV Bureau for Public Health
  • US Census Bureau, DC headquarters, check http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/student.html
  • County assessor’s offices
  • County 911 offices