Geo-Launchpad STEM Internship

What is Geo-Launchpad?

Geo-Launchpad-logosGeo-Launchpad (GLP) is a collaborative effort between Front Range Community College and UNAVCO, a non-profit, university-governed group that conducts geoscience research and education in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this program is to provide students interested in science and technology a pathway to careers in these areas. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program includes curriculum, seminars, and the opportunity for an eight-week paid internship.

This program may be for you if you are interested in a STEM field, such as:

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geography
  • Hydrology
  • Oceanography
  • Atmospheric science
  • Planetary science
  • Environmental studies
  • Marine science
  • Meteorology
  • Soil science

Summer Internship at UNAVCO

Up to 10 community college students state-wide will be accepted into an internship at UNAVCO, an NSF geodetic facility. Interns will gain hands-on geoscience experience supporting ongoing research.

Students will work with geoscientists and other interns at UNAVCO to produce and present geodesy-related projects. Geodesy is the study of Earth’s shape, orientation in space, and gravity field. In addition, interns will participate in guest speaker seminars and geology field trips.

The internship runs June through July each year. The interns will participate in a poster presentation of their project’s findings within the final week of the internship in Boulder, Colorado. The program will provide housing (if needed) in Boulder, Colorado and a weekly stipend to each intern.

What will I gain from this internship?

  • Research ready skills
  • Exposure and networking within the geodesy community
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Real-world working experience
  • Technical skills required for a career in science, technology, or engineering
  • Mentorship
  • Professional development
  • Personal experience living in Boulder, admiring where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains

Is this for me?

To be eligible for the internship, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a community college student in the state of Colorado
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have completed college algebra and one additional course in geology, physical geography, hydrology, environmental science, physics, math, geophysics, or engineering with a grade of B or higher
  • Choose a faculty member from their home institution willing to support their work during and after the internship (this would be a professor you might approach for a recommendation)
  • Be a U.S. citizen

How do I apply?

Applications for Summer 2018 open November 15, 2017. All applications must be completed by February 15, 2018. Learn more and see the instructions for application

What if I can't participate in the internship?

Other opportunities exist to help you learn about careers in the geosciences. Seminars are held in the fall at all three FRCC campuses. You may also consider taking GEO 210 Careers & Research in the Geosciences. GEO 210 is a one credit seminar style course offered in the spring semester to provide students with background information on the types of careers within the geosciences, current geoscience related research, and considerations for pursuing continued education in related disciplines.

Contact Us

Jamie Pawloski
Geo-Launchpad and Bridges to Baccalaureate Grant Administrator
(970) 204-8504 | Email


Larimer Campus

Patrick Shabram
Geography Faculty and Grant P.I.
(970) 204-8249 | Email


Westminster Campus

Max Miller
Geography Faculty and Geology Lead
(303) 404-5415 | Email