Course credit for internships

Course credit for internships

Students who are interested in obtaining credit for internships should first secure an internship with a provider. Once confirmed, contact Dr. Hudak, for permission to register for GEOG 4920/5900.

You will be required to compile a portfolio during the course of your internship and provide a letter of assessment from the internship provider. Both will be used to determine a "grade" for the course.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bureau of Land Management GS 12/13 positions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting for three social science specialists, GS 12/13, for zoned positions across the western US.  These are permanent positions.  The BLM is seeking outstanding individuals with interest and expertise in environmental and resource social sciences, including economics, sociology, anthropology, and geography.  The goal is to hire three individuals with a range of disciplinary expertise.  Within a discipline areas of specialization are open.  For economists, strengths in resource or environmental / ecological economics would both be relevant.  The recruitment is open between August 13 and September 3, 2012.

BLM manages more land–approximately 245 million surface acres-than any other Federal agency. This National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface minerals throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information visit

BLM's senior management is committed to improving the Bureau’s ability to deliver relevant and credible socioeconomic information and analysis to address both established and emerging issues.  Individuals selected for these positions will act as regional technical experts, providing social science expertise to BLM offices across several western states with a fast changing set of assignments.  Links to the two announcements (all citizens and federal employees) and a list of the required knowledge and abilities appear at the end of this message.

Selection is by multi-state zone.  Applicants will indicate the location(s) for which they wish to be considered.  Potential locations are as follows:

·         Zone 1, Alaska, Oregon, and California State Offices: Portland, OR.
·         Zone 2, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah State Offices: Boise, ID, Reno, NV, or Salt Lake City, UT.
·         Zone 3, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming State Offices: Lakewood [Denver], CO, Billings, MT, or Cheyenne, WY.

In other words, there are three positions, not seven.  Candidates interested in working in Boise, Reno, or Salt Lake are all applying for the same position.

For questions on the application and evaluation process, please contact Joan St. Marie, BLM National Operations Center, Denver, CO,,
303-236-6402.  For questions on the responsibilities of the zoned socioeconomic specialists and BLM’s Socioeconomics Program, please contact me at 202-912-7287 or rwinthro@blm.govPlease circulate this message to others who may be interested.  Thanks.

Links to job announcements
Announcement Number:
  NOC DEU-2012-0032 (all US citizens)
Position:   Socioeconomic Specialist
Open Period:  Monday, August 13, 2012 to  Monday, September 3, 2012
Duty Location:  3 vacancies in the following locations:
Denver, CO; Boise, ID; Billings, MT; Reno, NV; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Cheyenne, WY
Position Information:  Full Time, Permanent
Open to:  All US Citizens
More information on this position can be found at:

Announcement Number:  NOC-Merit-2012-0076 (federal government employees)
Position:   Socioeconomic Specialist
Open Period:  Monday, August 13, 2012 to  Monday, September 3, 2012
Duty Location:  3 vacancies in the following locations:
Denver, CO; Boise, ID; Billings, MT; Reno, NV; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Cheyenne, WY
Position Information:  Full Time, Permanent
Open to:  Status Candidates
More information on this position can be found at:


Degree:  social science or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the social sciences equivalent to a major in the field OR four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

KSA#1  Ability to apply the
theories, principles, and practices of natural resource and environmental social science, including disciplines of economics, sociology, anthropology, or geography, to new scientific findings, developments and advances while solving critical problems of a novel or controversial nature.

KSA#2  Ability to integrate social and biophysical sciences to solve natural resource issues.

KSA#3  Ability to apply methodological and technological advances in relevant subfields of economics, sociology, anthropology, or geography sufficient to evaluate their effectiveness and usefulness and to develop plans and procedures to incorporate such advances into land use planning and environmental assessment.

KSA#4  Ability to use quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to analyze current and proposed mineral development, livestock grazing, timber production, outdoor recreation, and/or other activities involving land and resource management, to identify their direct, indirect, and cumulative social or economic impacts.

KSA#5  Ability to use and work with federal environmental and natural resource statutes and policies sufficient to utilize such knowledge in the design and oversight of social science programs.   

Monday, August 6, 2012

Adjunct Geography Instructor, Richland College

Looking for an instructor (adjunct/part-time) to teach a World Geography (GEOG 1303-8001) course on campus this Fall.  The course is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.  The average enrollment is 15 - 20 students.  The pay is $1,969.44. 

For more information, contact:
LaQueta L. Wright, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and African-American Black Studies, Richland College School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development (LEAD) Crockett Hall, Room 263
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
(972)238-6389 (fax)

(minimum educational requirement is typically a masters degree)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

National Geographic Society Geography Intern

ELIGIBILITY: 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.

Spring (January 22 through April 26, 2013)
Summer (May 20 through August 23, 2013)
Fall (September 9 through December 20, 2013)

LOCATION: Interns will work at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

REMUNERATION: Interns will be paid $400 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 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 Society’s 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;
  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) and a list of specific skills in cartography if interested in being considered for an internship in the Maps Division.
  5. a cover letter that includes the semesters (Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013) 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 or transcripts) to:
Robert E. Dulli, Director
Geography Intern Program
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications, both online and mailed, must be received by October 12, 2012. 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 2013 will be notified by December 11, 2012.

CREDIT FOR INTERNSHIP: Where appropriate, credit for the internship may be possible through an arrangement with the intern’s academic institution and National Geographic.