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Department of Geography


Internships

Internship in Geography (GEOG 595)

The Department of Geography offers a 3- to 6-hour internship course that is available both to majors and non-majors in any semester.  Internships prepare students for the workplace and give students an opportunity to explore career options and to put their skills into practice.  A geography internship partially fulfills Professional and Civic Engagement requirements for USC’s Graduation with Leadership Distinction.  It can also serve as an elective course for the GEOINT Certificate Program. Students can arrange their own internships with businesses, government agencies, or non-profits, or they can inquire about internships with one of our community partners in the Columbia area.  Internships may vary in terms of skill requirements, and they may be paid or unpaid.


Requirements

Interns are required to

  • complete 150 hours of work for each 3 credits earned (approximately 10 hours/week);
  • meet at least twice per semester with the internship coordinator and submit a mid-semester report.
  • submit a final report to the internship coordinator and the internship supervisor.
  • be evaluated at the end of the semester by the internship supervisor (via the Intern Evaluation Form [pdf]).

Please be aware of the following:

  • Students may take the internship course for a grade OR on a pass/fail basis. 
  • Geography majors can use this course to fulfill up to 3 hours of geography elective credit, but not the 500-level course requirement. Geography majors must take GEOG 595 for a grade if they wish to receive degree credit.
  • Non-geography majors should consult with their academic advisors to determine whether GEOG 595 can count toward their degree programs.


To apply

  • Notify the internship coordinator that you are interested in an internship.  This should happen as early as possible, ideally one full semester before you plan to intern.
  • Explore internship options with the Geography Department’s community partners, or consult with the internship coordinator if you are interested in an internship with a group that is NOT a Geography Department partner.
  • Once you have found a suitable arrangement, complete an Internship Contract [pdf] with the internship supervisor in the sponsoring organization/agency.  This contract will spell out specific duties, responsibilities, and expectations.  Be aware that the contract requires multiple signatures.
  • Once you have received approval from the internship coordinator, enroll in GEOG 595 for 3-6 credit hours.  
  • Students should complete this entire process at least four weeks before the start of the semester in which the internship will take place.


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