Research Internship in Seismology and Geophysics – IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program

United States, North America
A weekly stipend ($600/week for 9 - 11 weeks + $200/week for subsistence)
Jan 12, 2021
Feb 02, 2021
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Are you an undergraduate student interested in working on a seismological research project for the summer? If so, consider applying for a paid summer internship in the IRIS Summer Undergraduate Internship ( We are excited to receive applications from students representing the full spectrum of society, as well as student with lived experiences such as students with disabilities, veterans, and non-traditional students.

Once selected, your summer experience will begin with a one-week orientation held on the campus of an IRIS institution the last week of May (for those students whose quarter has not yet completed, alternative arrangements can be made). The goal of the orientation period is to develop a strong sense of community among interns, provide training in distance collaboration and introduce you to some of the most exciting aspects of modern seismology.

Following this week you will spend 8 to 10 weeks working on a seismological research project with researchers at an IRIS member intuition. Research projects may involve the deployment of seismic instruments in the field (within the US or internationally), and/or analyses of seismic data in a lab setting with the ultimate goal of producing results to be presented at a national scientific meeting. Each project will provide you with ample opportunities to:

* conduct research with state of the art geophysical data and leading researchers at IRIS institutions
* develop an understanding of scientific inquiry, including designing and conducting scientific investigations, defending scientific arguments, and preparing publications
* gather, manage, and convey information, using various skills, strategies, resources, and
* learn, use, and evaluate technologies for the collection and study of geophysical data

Your summer research project will culminate with the opportunity to experience the exciting atmosphere of a professional meeting, while presenting your results. In the past, most interns and their hosts have chosen to present at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting held in San Francisco in early December.

As an IRIS Intern you will receive…

* A weekly stipend ($600/week for 9 - 11 weeks + $200/week for subsistence)
* Funding for travel to the orientation as well as room and board
* Funding for travel to the home institution of your research host
* Assistance securing housing at the host institution
* Funding for any additional expenses related to fieldwork
* Funding for travel to a professional meeting to present your results along with the associated meeting costs (travel, registration, abstract submission fee and per diem)

Minimum Requirements

  • Enthusiasm to apply your math and physics skills to study Earth and beyond! 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Two semesters of both Math & Physics
  • Prior experience or coursework in seismology or geophysics is not a requirement
  • Computer programming (Matlab, Mathmatica, C++, Java etc) a plus

The deadline to apply is February 1st annually, with letters due by February 15th.