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Fully Funded Undergraduate Research Internship In Seismology

IRIS Consortium
Varies by project. Please see past intern blogs for a sense of where placements might be.
$600/week for 9 - 11 weeks + $200 for subsistence
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Seismology, Solid Earth Geophysics
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Student / Graduate
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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 been completed, alternative arrangements for the week 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 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)

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!

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student and have completed their freshman year but not graduate the spring semester prior to the summer internship
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Two semesters of both Math & Physics
  • Prior experience or coursework in seismology or geophysics is not a requirement
  • Computer programming (Pyton, Matlab, Mathmatica, C++, Java, etc) a plus

The deadline to apply is February 1 annually.


Founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation, IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. IRIS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with its primary headquarters office located in Washington, DC.
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