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Department of Geography


Internships and Careers

Working in the field before graduation will give you an advantage when you're ready to apply to graduate school or find a job. We encourage our students to gain as much practical experience as they can during their time here.

Internships

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences provide hands-on experience in a professional setting, bringing to life concepts and ideas learned in the classroom. Internships are an important way to build your resume and to familiarize yourself with career options. In some cases, internships can lead to full-time employment after graduation.


The Department of Geography supports a robust internship program that connects undergraduate students with our community partners. Our program offers 3–6 hours of academic credit to majors and non-majors through GEOG 595. Our current partners include the Audubon Society, the A.C. Moore Herbarium, the Historic Columbia Foundation, the Gills Creek Watershed Association, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and the SC Forestry Commission (among others). Our community partners may post internship positions that require specific skills; or students may take the lead by contacting a partner and suggesting a project. Students interested in doing an internship should view our internship information page.

 

Careers

The Geography undergraduate program combines a traditional liberal arts education, emphasizing reasoning, analysis, and critical-thinking skills, with a thorough overview of geographic concepts and techniques. With their boundless curiosity and their broad training in environmental science, social science, and digital technologies, geographers find myriad career opportunities in government, industry, and non-profit sectors. Some geographers find specialized employment as cartographers, remote-sensing specialists, climatologists, and geographic information systems analysts. Others work in sectors like disaster and emergency management, urban and community planning, and environmental management. Still others find success in fields like international business, real estate, insurance, public administration, and international development. USC Geography alumni form a helpful network for finding positions after graduation. We look forward to helping you pursue your career ambitions. Please visit us to learn more about how we can help to launch your career.

 

Resources

As a USC student you will have numerous university resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and career opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding employment. In addition, be sure to visit your academic advisor who can offer supplemental internship and career guidance specific to your major.