For students planning to terminate their formal education with the bachelor's degree, geography provides both the regional and world perspective required of responsible citizens. For the same reason geography is especially valuable for those who plan to enter graduate work in business administration, planning, law, or medicine.
Geography also offers a number of rewarding opportunities in teaching at all levels of the educational system. The revitalization of elementary and high school curricula to include or strengthen geography has increased the demand for qualified teachers in our primary and secondary schools, both public and private. In addition, growth of urban and environmental studies programs in colleges and universities, as well as a renewed interest in geography itself, have increased the demand for good teachers and researchers in geography in many undergraduate and graduate institutions. Thus the need for Ph.D. level geographers is growing. There are numerous respected and exciting graduate programs in Geography in North America, and the demand for well-trained undergraduates from programs such as Dartmouth's has always been strong.
The potential of applying the geographic approach in government and private enterprise is increasing considerably, although many positions will not carry a geography title. Many employment opportunities exist for individuals trained in geographic information systems, cartography, remote sensing, and computer mapping. Roughly a quarter of all professional geographers today find employment in government either at the state or local levels, or in a variety of federal agencies, the armed forces, and in international organizations. Geographers hold such job titles as cartographer, geographic analyst, map curator, land officer, international economist, forest ecologist, soil conservationist, and climatologist.
The application of geographical methodologies in private business is appropriate especially in industrial location analysis, in market research, and in transportation planning and design. Another rapidly developing field is metropolitan and regional planning. Other geographers in private business work as writers, editors, and cartographers for publishers of maps, atlases, textbooks, encyclopedias, and news and travel magazines.
For more information please visit: Association of American Geographers Career Guide, a resource for individuals looking to explore opportunities in geography.
National Geographic Society Geography Intern Program
Spring, Summer, and Fall Internships
: Geography and cartography majors at United States colleges and universities who are currently enrolled in their junior
or senior year or in a master's degree program.PURPOSE OF PROGRAM:
To give students a professional learning experience through participation in various projects aimed at the
increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Interns are given the opportunity to apply knowledge and classroom techniques to
practical publication procedures or other geographic outreach projects.INTERN RESPONSIBILITY:
Interns may be assigned to work in one of the many divisions within the National Geographic Society
such as education, one of the magazines, books, television, or maps. Assignments may also include work on an increasing number of
geographic outreach projects.
PERIOD OF INTERNSHIPS (14 OR 15 WEEKS): Spring: January 21 through April 25, 2014
Summer: May 19 through August 22, 2014
Fall: September 8 through December 19, 2014LOCATION:
Interns will work at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.REMUNERATION
: Interns will be paid $450 per week for a 40-hour workweek, plus a travel allowance to help defray expenses in
traveling to Washington, D.C.HOUSING:
Interns are responsible for their lodging in the Washington, D.C., area, including meals and other living expenses.HOW TO APPLY:
Students (including those who have applied before) must submit their information through an online application at
www.nationalgeographic.com/jobs. Please select "Geography Intern" posting to apply.
In addition to the online application, students must furnish all of the following materials:
1. a short essay (500 words or less) relating experiences that led the applicant to formal training in geography, stating his or her professional
goals, and explaining why she or he wishes to participate in the National Geographic Geography Intern Program;
2. a complete résumé that includes each of the following: the applicant's extracurricular activities, awards and recognitions; employment
history; special interests, hobbies, and travel; and a list of specific skills in cartography if interested in being considered for an
internship in the Maps Division;
3. up-to-date official college transcripts, including undergraduate course work if applying as a master's degree student;
4. three letters of recommendation (one from the applicant's department chair or academic advisor and two from geography faculty
members with whom the applicant has been associated);
5. a cover letter that clearly states the semesters (Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014) that the applicant is available and the
applicant's first choice of semesters.
All these materials must be enclosed in one envelope (including the sealed confidential recommendation letters and transcripts) to:
Robert E. Dulli, Director
Geography Intern Program
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688APPLICATION DEADLINE:
All applications, both online and mailed, must be received by October 11, 2013. An applicant will
not be considered if all required materials are not received at this time.NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION:
Applicants selected for the three sessions in 2014 will be notified by December 13, 2013.CREDIT FOR INTERNSHIP:
Where appropriate, credit for the internship may be possible through an arrangement with the intern's
academic institution and National Geographic.