Internships, Scholarships & Research Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

Visit the College of Charleston Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs website for information about State, Institutional, and Departmental Scholarships. 

Geology & Environmental Geosciences Department Scholarships

All applications for departmental scholarships will be completed via the Cougar Scholarship Awarding System (CSAS) and can be accessed via FAQ's about CSAS can be found here

For more scholarship opportunities visit our Job & Opportunity Board.

Paleontology Scholarship

The Paleontology Scholarship was established at the College of Charleston to support the academic development of an outstanding student who has shown scholastic strength, research potential, and professional interest in the field of paleontology. The scholarship was funded by donations from visitors to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History. In addition to the scholarship award, the recipient will have the option of gaining employment at the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History as a docent and/or preparator, and/or as a course assistant for Geology 333: Paleobiology (dependent on current academic schedule and needs of the museum). The position(s) will comprise approximately four to ten hours per week for the scholarship’s duration.

Royal A. Hartenberger Award in Geology

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide undergraduate students in the Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences support to complete their required field work (currently students taking GEO 360, 362, or 366). The award is based on merit and financial need.

Taylor Family Geology Scholarship

Carl “Al” Taylor, Jr. and his wife, Ione, are establishing this scholarship to help support students majoring in Geology at the College of Charleston. Al graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston in 1979 with a degree in Geology. During his tenure at the College, he benefited from an academic scholarship in the physical sciences which enabled him to focus on his studies. In 1982, he graduated with a Master’s in Geology from the University of North Carolina. Al has more than 30 years of experience as a geologist in domestic and international petroleum exploration, ranging from frontier exploration to well-site management and reservoir operations.

Ione Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree at Guilford College and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Geology at the University of North Carolina. Most recently she served as the Executive Director for Earth and Energy Resources Leadership at Queen’s University.

Their son, Carl, earned a dual Master’s in Environmental Science and Public Administration from the College of Charleston in 2016. He currently works for the Lowcountry Land Trust in Charleston, SC. Their daughter, Lindley, earned a Master of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 and is a motion graphics artist and animator with Gannett Company in McLean, Virginia.


Internship Opportunities

Current students should visit The Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences Student Hub and Announcements and Opportunities Board for more internship opportunities.

Internships are an important component of our undergraduate program experience. A few of the recent internships involving our students have been funded by government agencies. A significant number of our undergraduates have been successful in getting internships with private groups. Be sure to discuss this with your advisor.

Suggestions for finding an internship:

1) Check out the links below to determine whether they have any internships available that align with your interests.

2) Look at the internship opportunities listed on our Job & Opportunity Board.

3) Research any company you're interested in to see if they have open internship opportunities.

4) Conduct an online search using key phrases based on your interests, such as "petroleum internship," "mining internship," etc. 

Internship Search Resources:

Water Related Internships
Schlumberger (Oil & Gas)
Whiting (Oil & Gas)
National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (REU)
USA Jobs - search Temporary Geological Jobs
U.S. Geological Survey
Pathways to Science
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Student Conservation Association (SCA)

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