Kimberly Bartlett, BS 2020, at Eighteenmile Creek sampling shale from the uppermost Cashaqua Shale, Eden, New York in winter of 2019.

Kimberly Bartlett, BS 2020, at Eighteenmile Creek sampling shale from the uppermost Cashaqua Shale, Eden, New York in winter of 2019.

Geoscience research and internships are crucially important to learning your specific niche in this broad subject. We encourage all students to take at least one internship during their time at UB. 

A world of experience awaits you....

Geoscience research at UB is conducted on a wide array of topics and includes faculty modeling the movement of glaciers in Greenland, to modeling geohazards like earthquakes and eruptions worldwide, or faculty conducts research remotely on Venus and Mars, and locally in the western New York fossil rich deposits. These and many similar projects provide undergraduates in the Geosciences an opportunity to learn about and participate in research.

Below are current opportunities available here at UB and links to other research experience for undergrads (REU) nationally and worldwide!

GIS Intern Position

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning – Environmental Compliance Services Division is actively seeking a full-time Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern for our downtown Buffalo office. Work may be in-office, remote, or a combination of both based upon COVID-19 policies at the time. The internship is expected to last approximately 16 weeks, but no more than 19 weeks between May 2021 and September 2021. Hourly salary is $14.148.

Funding for this position is provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. Work will be focused on assisting with the development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Niagara River/ Lake Erie Watershed. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

The GIS Intern will work closely with the Environmental Compliance Services Division and the Office of Geographic Information Services to perform entry-level tasks related to GIS data development and analysis, map production, and online mapping applications, including:

• Working as a team member on projects under direct supervision and mentorship

• Assisting with GIS data collection, input, and organization

• Assisting with map production and geospatial analysis

• Assisting with online GIS application development tasks

Professional Requirements

•         Recently graduated from or currently enrolled in good academic standing in a Bachelors’ or Masters’ Degree program in GIS, Geography, Environmental Science, or Planning related field at an accredited University or College; minimum of 3 years of coursework completed.

•         Minimum 3.2 GPA

•         One year of experience with geographic concepts or GIS software in course labs or projects. Experience or coursework with any of the following is a plus: ESRI ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online platforms, basic ESRI ArcGIS Online application design, QGIS, GPS, database creation and design, cartographic design.

·         Must be capable of the basic operation of a Windows-based personal computer and have a basic familiarity of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.

·         Must effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Please email a cover letter and resume to by April 26, 2021.

Want to get some hands-on research experience and learn about climate change? Apply to join the UB Paleoclimate Dynamics team this summer!

Position title: Researcher, UB Paleoclimate Dynamics Team

Lab where you’ll do the work: UB Organic and Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab

Location: UB North Campus & remote


  • This is a paid opportunity, with the expectation that the student researcher will work 30 to 40 hours per week, between the hours of 8am and 5pm (exact times and training to be arranged with Owen Cowling, the lab manager and Dr. Thomas, the lab director). 
  • We’re looking for someone to join our team for this summer (late May to late August, we can discuss exact dates), and we are especially interested in bringing in someone who will be a member of our team for a full year or more
  • The student researcher will join our weekly group meetings and will work closely with a graduate student in our group on a research project of their own. Most of our student researchers present their research findings at a conference (e.g., AGU in fall or Arctic Workshop or Northeastern GSA in spring). 
  • You don’t need prior experience in this field.
  • Traits we look for when hiring new team members include: initiative, comfort with asking questions, strong time management, organization, and communication skills, and excitement and interest to learn more about the science (climate change! the Arctic! isotopes! atmospheric circulation! lakes! biology! coding!)

To apply for this position: Send an email to Owen ( by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 21 that includes the following:

  1. a 100-word description of why you’re a great fit for this position, 
  2. your resumé, 
  3. your major,
  4. your expected graduation month/year 
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 Internship for the refuge through Student Conservation Association


come work with the Refuge staff in developing and conducting outreach, environmental education and interpretive programs around the Refuge’s Visitor Services programs and Buffalo Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. LOCAL ONLY!

GeoCorps Volunteer.

GeoCorps™ America offers paid short-term geoscience opportunities in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Topic areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geohazards, karst, education, and interpretation.

GSA partners with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other organizations committed to science and stewardship in order to offer the program.

To hear about recent GeoCorps experiences and tips for applying, view the recording of the webinar, GeoCorps™ America 101: Program Overview with Q&A (presented on Tue. 15 Dec. 2020).

Learn more about the experiences of GeoCorps alumni via GSA's guest blog, "Speaking of Geoscience."

Check the GeoCorps Facebook Page and Twitter page for program updates.

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American Museum of Natural History

The Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Physical Sciences (Earth and Planetary Sciences and Astrophysics) is funded by the National Science Foundation. The Museum's Division of Physical Sciences—in collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY)—is pleased to offer summer undergraduate research opportunities in Astrophysics, and Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Our program brings approximately eight students to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City each summer for a ten-week experience working with our curators, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. Students receive a $5000 traineeship stipend, as well as per diem costs for housing and meals, relocation expenses, and transportation subsidies. Housing is made available at nearby Columbia University.

In addition to conducting original research projects throughout the summer, students participate in a series of weekly meetings at which they discuss their research, present informal progress reports, and engage in discussions and seminars regarding scientific research, graduate school, and research career opportunities. At the conclusion, they deliver oral presentations of their work and prepare publication quality research papers. The program is open to all students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, in any two or four year undergraduate degree program, who will not have completed a bachelor's degree before September 1, 2021.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been in place for 30 years. Our program brings approximately ten students to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City each summer for a ten-week experience working with our curators, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.

Research projects span diverse fields of comparative biology including paleontology, genomics, population biology, conservation biology, and phylogenetics and taxonomy. Students have access to the Museum's immense natural history collections as well as state-of-the-art equipment for advanced imaging (CT scanner, SEM, TEM) and genomics (Sanger and pyrosequencing platforms).

Students receive a $6000 traineeship stipend, as well as per diem costs for housing and meals, relocation expenses, and transportation subsidies. Pending COVID pandemic conditions, and assuming the program is held onsite at AMNH, housing at nearby Columbia University is made available. In addition to conducting original research projects throughout the summer, students also participate in formal instruction in systematics and evolution, and receive training in ethics, networking, communication, and other career-building skills.

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Smithsonian – NSF

The National Science Foundation funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Smithsonian Institution supports six REU Sites at various museums and research centers around the world. Exciting research internships are offered in a range of fields including biology, ecology, environmental science, paleontology, archaeology, astrophysics, and museum conservation science.

All REU programs accept interns for the summer months and offer stipend support; some offer room and board. Interns must be currently enrolled undergraduates. Interns in the REU programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, although some programs offer concurrent support for non-U.S. citizens. Everyone is encouraged to apply!

Please visit each REU program’s individual website for specific information about the program, application instructions, deadlines, and requirements.