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 possible.

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 vehicles.

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 Törnqvist.