Internships at the Illinois State Geological Survey
The Illinois State Geological
Survey (ISGS) strongly supports the use of internships
as a way to involve students in our research and to strengthen
the student's educational experience. We provide opportunities
for students to gain hands-on experience, working with
established geoscientists in a variety of geologic disciplines.
Because our goal is to involve as many students as possible,
we try to maintain flexibility in working with students
and their faculty advisors.
Internships are tied to the academic calendar and run on
a semester schedule, fall and spring. Most are for a period
of one semester, but may run for more than one semester if
the ISGS sponsor has sufficient funding. A limited number
of summer internships may be available depending on funding.
Most interns work 10-20 hours per week, but exceptions are
Unpaid Internships: These students are
not paid by the ISGS, but usually receive credit for their
work by using it to fulfill independent study or senior thesis
course requirements within their university department. The
ISGS sponsor, faculty advisor, and student work together
to develop the learning objectives, the work activities,
and the method of evaluation. Students may also request an
unpaid internship in order to gain a specific type of experience
or to work with a specific scientist without enrolling for
course credit. Unpaid interns are given zero-percent appointments,
which allows them to use ISGS facilities, equipment, and
Paid Internships: These students are paid
for their work at a set hourly rate. The terms of these internships
are set primarily by the ISGS sponsor, although the student
and his/her faculty advisor must agree to the terms.
Several types of internship agreements are used in order
to meet the requirements of the Department of Natural Resources
and of the cooperating schools and departments. At a minimum,
the agreement should identify the student, faculty advisor,
and ISGS sponsor; the number of hours or percent time required;
the rate of pay; the period of the internship; and the activities
the student will be involved in.
For more information contact Torbjörn