Since 1986, the geography internship has been a requirement of all Geography majors, except for those enrolled in the education program. This experience introduces the student to a wide variety of careers in Geography.
All Geography majors, except those who student teach as their capstone experience, must complete at least four weeks (160 clock hours) of internship work. Almost all interns perform their assignments in the summer and work for more hours than the minimum because it is advantageous, both to the intern and the cooperating firm or agency, that the student be aboard for as long as possible.
Geography internships have mainly been in Illinois, with a focus on the central and northeastern portions of the state. Many interns, however, have gone out of state, particularly to the states west of the Great Plains. View a map that depicts locations of credit-generating internships beginning in 1986.
Many interns receive job offers from their internship supervisor. In fact, a number of supervisors interview and otherwise recruit interns with an eye toward hiring them, seamlessly, once their student obligations are over. Even if a job offer is not forthcoming, the intern supervisors willingly write letters of reference as the intern leaves or later requests a job-related referral. Here are some supervisor comments about recent Geography interns: