Student Research & Internships

The Jackson School is unique in its organization because students may research and work in any of our three units:  the Department of Geological Sciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Institute for Geophysics. For paid undergraduate or graduate research positions here in the Jackson School, click here.

The following is a list of some of the research and internship opportunities for all students.



  • Internship Outcomes: Student Perspective
  • Students put their academic learning into practice
  • Increased professional skills
  • Build professional network
  • Enhanced ability to recognize preferences and abilities and match them with appropriate career-related choices

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides the following internship definition and criteria:
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Please also see the U.S. Department of Labor website.

NACE Seven Criteria for Internships

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Popular Jackson School Internships (undergraduates and graduate students)

U.S. Government & Research Laboratories

General Job Boards

Texas Railroad Commission Internship

Applying is a three-step process; A completed the Texas RRC Internship application, additional documents emailed to RRC internship contact, and a completed  application for course registration eligibility.

  • RRC is offering internship opportunities for the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters. The RRC is a state agency charged with regulating the Oil and Gas and Alternative Fuels industries in Texas. Their mission is to serve Texas with stewardship of natural resources and the environment, provide personal and community safety, and enhance the support of the development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans.
  • RRC internships are unpaid and available for academic/course credit only. RRC Interns assist in Commission projects related to permitting and regulating the Oil and Gas industry. Here are the projects for spring 2020:  Intern Projects for 2020
    • Applicants for RRC internships must submit a completed RRC Internship Application
      • Completed application consists of the RRC Internship Application; a current resume; copy of official or unofficial transcript and three scholastic and/or professional references. Email directly to RRC Internship coordinator,
      • Students must register for course credit to be eligible for the RRC internship. Complete the RRC Contract and Course registration Eligibility form and bring it to JGB 2.106 A (JSG Career Services Office).  RRC Internship Contract and Course Registration Eligibility Form
      • For more information on the Commission’s Internship Program, please see RRC Internship webpage
    • RRC are flexible in terms of hours per week interested students may intern. Internships are available during spring semester; in the summer; and also during fall semester. If possible, a 10-week commitment is recommended so students may get the full benefit of a hands-on learning experience. Many Jackson School graduates and alums work for RRC, and the staff have valuable insights in to their progress towards becoming a professional.