Careers and Internships

Geography undergraduates find jobs in all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and in industry. Some typical jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Geospatial analyst
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Urban/regional planner
  • Watershed manager

Employers the world over are interested in geographers, as the Department of Labor has identified geospatial technologies, along with biotechnology and nanotechnology, as industries that will continue to see high growth. Geographers are often employed with organizations including (but not limited to):

  • National Geographic Society
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • local, regional, and state planning agencies
  • environmental and engineering consulting firms

Some students pursue further education in graduate or professional schools while others directly enter the work force. Recent graduates have gone on to work for ESRI, DigitalGlobe, and TerraSim, among other organizations.

Professional development activities are integrated into the baccalaureate currciculum via the requirement that students complete an internship, research with faculty, or a service-learning experience.

Department internship opportunities include working with Riparia, the Vegetation Dynamics Labatory, the Gould Center, the GeoVISTA Center, Landscape Ecology at Penn State lab, and Human Factors in GIScience Lab.

External placements have included Clearwater Conservancy, National Geographic, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, ESRI, NASA, and the Census Bureau.

Click here to see where some of our students worked in the summer of 2010.