Student Scholar Internship

STUDENT SCHOLAR INTERNSHIP INITIATIVE


Program Description

The American Geographical Society (AGS) offers a Student Scholar-Internship program throughout the year to undergraduate and graduate students at its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The Student Scholar-Internship is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in spreading geographical awareness through blogging, social media, and mapping.  Interns have the opportunity to become involved with many of our unique Initiatives, developing real-world experience in geographic and geospatial areas and strengthening their skills. 

Undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited program and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2 are eligible to apply. During the Spring and Fall semesters, the internship runs for 15 weeks, with 15 hours per week spent at AGS HQ. The Summer internship runs for 15 weeks with 35 hours per week spent at AGS HQ.

 *Upon completion of the internship, students will be awarded a scholarship of $500.00 for the Spring/Fall semesters and a $1,000.00 scholarship during the Summer. In addition, we provide a local transportation stipend. *  

AGS is currently accepting applications for the Spring and Summer semesters.


  As a Scholar-Intern, you will be tasked with
  • Writing weekly blog posts on our websites, UBIQUE and Connect2Conserve
  • Writing about geographical news for DailyGeo, AGS’s daily news blast on current world events
  • Interviewing and networking company and non-profit CEOs and leaders for Company Spotlights
  • Maintaining and expanding AGS’s social media pages through geographic content
  • Creating weekly maps to be showcased as our Map of the Week on the AGS website
  • Helping with the implementation of various AGS Initiatives, including Geography 2050

Preferred Skills and Interests
  • Geography & Related fields (Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, etc.)
  • Writing, Journalism
  • Social Media, Graphic Design
  • Public Relations & Communications
  • GIS – Mapping/Cartography – experience using Esri software and/or web mapping

Benefits of Interning at the AGS
  • Work at one of the most prestigious and well-known geographic organizations (AGS was founded in 1851!)
  • Develop your writing, social media, and interpersonal skills and expand your geographic knowledge
  • Create and share geographical content that is meaningful to you using AGS as a platform
  • Publish your work on our blogging platform, Connect2Conserve
  • Work closely with project coordinators to implement AGS Initiatives
  • Develop GIS skills to use and create maps to tell stories and connect complex concepts and ideas
  • Interact with company CEO’s and other leaders in geography and geospatial areas
  • Attend and contribute to the planning of our annual Fall Symposium: Geography 2050
  • Meet and learn from other interns with various backgrounds and knowledge in different areas

To Apply, Submit Your:
  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample (any topic)
  • GIS sample project and write up (Max 200 words. Only send if you are interested in mapping)
  • Unofficial Academic Transcript
  • Course Schedule (If applying for Fall/Spring Internship)

Email the following materials to ags@americangeo.org with the subject line “Scholar-Intern Application Spring 2019”.