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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences

Internships, Research Opportunities, and Academic Conferences


Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in internships as an important way to gain experience in various fields of geography. In recent years, Geography students have had internships at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Monsanto, the City of Edwardsville, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the United Nations. Internships can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, and during the regular semester or in the summer.

Students seeking internships should start planning and applying for an internship early in their academic career. Students can earn credit (1-6 credit hours) for their internship through GEOG 427. GEOG 427 can be counted toward either a major or minor in Geography.

For more information on internship opportunities, please contact:


Dr. Susan Hume
Office: Alumni 1403A
Phone: (618) 650-2091

Research Opportunities:

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in research projects through the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) program. As a URCA Associate, students receive monetary support to undertake a research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member. As a URCA Assistant, students can assist faculty in conducting research. URCA Assistant positions can be paid or unpaid, and can also earn credit (1-3 hours) through GEOG 490. Geography faculty regularly participate in the URCA program. Students interested in the URCA program can find more information at the URCA website:

Graduate students typically develop a research project as part of their program. In addition, to this, graduate students participate in faculty research through departmental graduate assistantships, faculty grants, and through GeoMARC. Prospective graduate students can find more information on the graduate program page or by contacting the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Stacey Brown.

Academic Conferences:

Geographers participate in a variety of national and international academic conferences. Students are encouraged to present their research at an academic conference and can receive financial support to do so. Interested students should speak with the faculty member supervising their research and click the links below for more information.

Applied Geography Conference

Association of American Geographers

ESRI Annual Users Conference

Illinois Geographical Society

International Geographical Union

National Council for Geography Education

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