Particularly in earth sciences, it is important to gain experience in your field prior to graduation. Many students don't know that they are eligible for employment in their field of study right out of first year:
We encourage you to take advantage of available opportunities:
- Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program for outstanding, continuing undergraduate students
- Cox Internship The department is pleased to offer two paid summer internships - one in mineralogy at the research and collections facility of the Museum of Nature, and the other in gemology at the Geological Survey of Canada. Those who have successfully completed ERTH 2102 Mineralogy are eligible to apply. You will be notified by e-mail when applications open in February.
- Dean's Summer Research Internship (DSRI) High achieving, first year students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply to for a summer internship with a sponsoring faculty member. These are paid positions that give the student the opportunity to contribute to a research program. Eligible students receive e-mail notification from the dean's office when applications open. Read about a past DSRI in earth sciences.
- Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) Apply to the federal government over the Christmas vacation/in early January for summer positions at the Geological Survey of Canada, Environment Canada, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Geological Surveys, etc.
- Summer Field Assistant with the Ontario Geological Survey Students are eligible to apply right out of first year. Employees benefit from extensive health and safety training. This is a fantastic learning experience. The department has been very successful at having students employed with this program.
Extracurricular Field Trips
- Geophysical Industry Field Trip (GIFT) This is an annual field trip offered by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Students apply to the organization directly for registration on a first come, first served basis. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity for geophysics.
- Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT) This is an annual field trip offered by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Every university-level geology program in Canada sponsors one student participant. Returning third year students are preferred. You will be notified by e-mail when applications open in January. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity in the petroleum industry.
- Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW)This is an annual field trip offered by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Every university-level geology program in Canada sponsors one student participant. Third and fourth year students are eligible to apply. You will be notified by e-mail when applications open in November. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity in the mineral exploration industry.
Are you hoping to become a professional geologist? An APGO representative comes every year in the fall to talk about the road to the P.Geo. designation and answer any questions you may have.