The Jackson School is unique in its organization because we have not only the Department of Geological Sciences for academics, but we have two research units that are known worldwide: the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics. The University of Texas at Austin is a major research university so students have many opportunities to learn and work in this environment.

For paid undergraduate or graduate research positions here in the Jackson School, click here.

Undergraduate research is also possible through various academic and professional institutions. The following is a partial list of yearly internship opportunities.


GeoCorps America (GSA)

Student Conservation Association (SCA)


RESESS (Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students)

National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program

CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences)

SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience)

Keck Geology Consortium

University of Colorado SMART Program (Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training)

SURGE (Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience & Engineering)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

Carnegie Instituion of Washington Summer Scholars Program

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Higher Education Research Experiences

Department of Energy Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

National Energy Technology Laboratory Professional Internship Program

National Renewable Energy Lab Research Participant Program

Policy & Law

AGI Geoscience & Public Policy Internships

Department of Energy General Counsel Undergraduate Intern Program (Unpaid)


Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program