Moving Beyond EAPS: Careers and Internships
WHAT CAN YOU DO AFTER MAJORING IN EAPS? What do you want to do? Your expertise in physics, biology, and chemistry will match your interests, and you will have the quantitative skills that are sought after in business and industry.
Most EAPS students go on to doctoral programs, but others leave the scientific, academic world. These students go to professional graduate programs, work in research labs like Goddard and JPL, work in environmental consulting or the energy industry, or become a Pulitzer-Prize winning science journalist.
Explore the links below to find summer internships that will provide research experience that complements your academic accomplishments. Also follow the links to the resources at MIT's Global Education & Career Development website.
Global Education/Career Development/Training
- Main Webpage or GECD Resources
- Career Bridge
- New Service - Interview Stream
You can practice your interview skills before doing the real thing. Practice ANYTIME and ANYWHERE. Currently set up for interviewsAccess this site via the GCES Resources page or Career Bridge under Premium Resources
- General: general behavioral interview, interview practice, career fair prep
- Interview by MIT Course: includes specialized interview for EAPS
- Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP)
A yearlong professional development program for MIT sophomores. Students in all schools are eligible. The curriculum includes workshops, 1-on-1 coaching, and practice with résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, negotiating, and everything needed to acquire an internship in today's professional world.
- Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
For juniors and seniors who participated in UPOP and want a continuing experience in leadership training.
U.S. Government Agencies
These agencies have internships, student research opportunities, and fellowships available.
- National Science Foundation: Summer Research Program for Undergraduates [NSF]
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships [NASA]
- NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP): a great summer program for undergrads who are interested in airborne instrumentation and environmental science and engineering.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Student Opportunities [NOAA]
Professional societies have low membership fees for undergraduate students. Membership can provide a suite of tangible and intangible benefits. Consider joining the society relevant to your interests. The societies below have available internships, scholarships, and job opportunities posted on their sites.
- American Meteorological Society, Listing of internships at outside companies [AMS]
- American Geophysical Union [Must be a member to use their job listings.]
- American Institute of Professional Geologists: Scholarship program
- American Astronomical Society, Planetary Science division: summer opportunities and graduate schools with planetary programs
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists: Careers
- American Geological Institute: careers and internships
- The Geological Society of America has a number of useful sites:
Independent Programs, Companies, and Posting Boards
- Shell Oil Scholarships and Internships
- Pathways to Science: information on internships, summer research, and graduate school.
- MIT Washington Summer Internship Program
- Undergraduate Study at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Graduate Schools featuring Planetary Science programs
- Earthworks portal of job and career opportunities for geoscientists.