Written by Andria P Ellis
05 June 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘safer-at-home’ directives, we successfully launched UNAVCO’s three internships to a remote platform with 11 weeks of virtual programming. All student interns are participating in their internship programs from their home locations.
UNAVCO has a long history of leading in and running student internship programs with a focus on increasing diversity and broadening participation in the Earth sciences. We currently host three summer internships, each with a different focus: Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS), Geo-Launchpad, and the UNAVCO Summer Internship Program (USIP).
We are confident that our remote internship programming will provide new insights and development to the National Science Foundation’s inclusion and diversity mission by fundamentally ensuring that programming is accessible to a wider audience than previously achievable due to location and physical limitations.
This year (2020) 12 students are participating in three programs: Geo-Launchpad (four interns from community colleges), RESESS (six interns drawn from a national pool of students underrepresented in geoscience), and the UNAVCO Student Internship Program (two graduate-student interns). By offering the full length of our programs (11 weeks) on a remote platform, we are keeping our promises of education, career advancement, monetary compensation, and community connection to our interns.
We are looking forward to an exciting and productive summer!
RESESS is dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences by providing upper-level undergraduate students with real-world research experiences throughout the summer.
We are pleased to welcome six first-year interns to the 16th RESESS cohort:
In addition to their project work, interns are actively participating in a robust suite of professional development (PD) courses that occur weekly, including technical writing workshops, Geoscience Career Circles, and Communications Seminars focused on soft skill development. Each PD module is delivered synchronously online. The RESESS writing workshop is led by Dr. Seth Myers from University of Colorado-Boulder, the all-intern Communications Seminar is led by UNAVCO ECE staff, and guest speakers from around the country provide their pathways and perspectives through our Geoscience Career Circles.
Geo-Launchpad helps community college students from Colorado and New Mexico develop research-ready skills. Similar to recent years, we have partnered with the United States Geological Survey at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado to develop engaging projects for these interns. The program provides support in creating a career path in science, engineering, or technology and is dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences.
We are pleased to welcome four new interns to the 6th Geo-Launchpad cohort:
USIP internships are real-world work experiences for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. USIP interns are integral members of the UNAVCO team and play an important role by contributing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to specific staff projects, directly contributing to UNAVCO and the community we serve. This year’s interns are graduate students working with UNAVCO staff members on the Geodetic Data Services team.
We are pleased to welcome two interns to the 2020 USIP cohort:
We are also having our 2020 remote internships externally evaluated. The external evaluation will focus on students’ professional, social, and mentorship outcomes from the remote internship experience. Previous data from the in-person internships will be used for comparative purposes to discern differences in students’ and mentors’ experiences and outcomes between the traditional in-person internship and the remote internship.
All of our internship programs benefit from countless hours and immeasurable efforts of volunteer project mentors. Moving to a remote platform, all of our mentors have gone above-and-beyond to accommodate this unique virtual experience for our interns this summer. They have each shown tremendous adaptability, innovation, and dedication to student growth in successfully transforming their projects to accommodate an online-only format.
We appreciate all of our mentors’ eagerness and generosity in supporting our programs!
Additionally, RESESS utilizes graduate student Communication Mentors as an additional layer of near-peer mentoring to help the RESESS interns refine their research manuscripts and other written communication deliverables. This year, we’ve invited three of our RESESS intern alumni to mentor pairs of the 2020 RESESS cohort. By connecting the interns with RESESS alumni, our aim is to instill a larger sense of community among this year's cohort even though we aren’t in-person together.
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