Geo-Launchpad STEM Internship



What is Geo-Launchpad?

Geo-Launchpad is an eleven-week paid summer internship for community college students. The program runs from mid-May until August, pays a stipend of $600/week, and provides housing in Boulder, Colorado if needed. This pre-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program exposes students to geoscience careers, assists in professional development and communication skills, and provides research-ready skills. 

Applications open November 15, 2022.

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2023.

What is Geoscience? 

Geoscience combines many atmospheric science, chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, hydrology, and technology to answer scientific questions. 

Geoscience careers include a diverse offering of STEM fields, including:

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

The work geoscientists do is relevant to the local and global community. Globally, researchers collaborated to collect data from the M7.2 Haiti earthquake in 2021. Locally, researchers with Colorado State University, in collaboration with NASA’s Snow-Ex program, are working on a snow observation project involving the ramifications of the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire scar to measure changes in the shape and height of the snow surface over time. The amount of water from snowpack melts is of critical importance in many regions where melting snow feeds rivers throughout the summer.

Summer Internship at UNAVCO

Accepted applicants will be paired with an internship with 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 or the USGS to produce and present geodesy-related projects. In addition, interns will participate in guest speaker seminars and geology field trips. 

What will I do?

You will work on a project under the guidance of technical staff from national science facilities, such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Projects vary each year, but have included mapping and GIS-related work, archiving historic USGS artifacts, building 3-D printers, and environmental data analysis. A faculty mentor from your home college will provide guidance and support before, during, and after the program. Interns will sharpen science communication skills during a weekly professional development workshop and, participate in other professional and personal development activities, including fieldtrips, and activities with interns from other programs.

What are the benefits?

  • An introduction to research
  • A reliable source of summer income ($6600+ for the entire summer)
  • Geoscience and engineering knowledge and technical work 
  • Learn about career paths 
  • Become part of a cohort of interns from all over the U.S.
  • Experience presenting your work at a local and national conference (all expenses paid, including travel if needed) 
  • Valuable experience for a career in science, technology, or engineering

All this as a community college student – before you transfer to a four-year university. 

Am I eligible?

If you have been successful in a geoscience class (e.g., geology, physical geography, etc.). or other STEM classes and have plans of transferring to a four-year university, consider applying. The deadline is February 8, 2022. Visit for the application and more information.

What if I can't participate in the internship?

You may 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.

Are there other Internships I could apply for? 

The Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) is another internship specific to Colorado community college students. It is offered through the Collaborative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado (CIRES). RECCS is a nine-week paid research experience. 

Visit the CIRES website for more information. The Pathways to Science website has even more exciting opportunities.

Geo-Laundpad Interns

“This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 2117397, 2119440, and 1724794.” 
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