Geo-Launchpad STEM Internship

What is Geo-Launchpad?


Geo-Launchpad is an eleven-week paid summer internship program based in Boulder, CO and is open to all Colorado and New Mexico community college students interested in geoscience.

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

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. The internship runs from mid-May through the last week of July. The program will provide housing (if needed) in Boulder, Colorado and a stipend for each intern. 

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 four community college students statewide will be accepted into 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.

The internship runs mid-May through early-August. 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 stipend for each intern.

What are the Benefits?

  • Research-ready skills
  • Science and engineering knowledge
  • Experience with geoscience, engineering, and technical work
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Unique, multi-tiered career and educational mentoring
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Professional development, resume building, and networking opportunities
  • Funding for registration and travel to present project at a national conference
  • Valuable experience for a career in science, technology, or engineering

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the internship, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a community college student in the state of Colorado or New Mexico
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have completed college algebra and one additional course in geoscience 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
  • Be a U.S. citizen

If you have been successful in a geoscience class (e.g., geology, physical geography, etc.) or other STEM classes, consider applying. Visit the UNAVCO Geo-Launchpad page for more information and to apply.

How do I apply?

The Summer 2021 application period is now closed. Applications were due on February 1, 2021. Check back for Fall 2021 information. View the Application Instructions.

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.

Contact Us

Carly Flaagan
STEM Grants Coordinator
(970) 204-8504 | Email

Larimer Campus

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

Westminster Campus

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