PAID Summer Internships with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Live, Learn and Earn on Catalina Island!

June 20-August 11, 2016 (8 weeks)

Open positions:

  • Aquaponics intern
  • Computer Science intern
  • Cinema/Animation/Multimedia intern

What’s in it for you?

  • Work alongside a dynamic team of scientists and educators
  • Live and eat for free at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island!
  • Get paid $3,200!

 More information can be found at:

Spend your summer doing research on Catalina Island! No research experience needed!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Coastal Ocean Processes with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (funded by the National Science Foundation)


  • Conduct independent but guided research at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island (mentored by research faculty)
  • Program dates:  June 5 – August 13, 2016 (10 weeks)
  • Includes stipend ($500/wk), housing and meals at Catalina Island, travel from host institution
  • Possible research topics include: oceanography, ecology, microbial diversity, behavioral ecology, fish ecology
  • Receive professional development and training opportunities

 For more information and the application, please visit

Application deadline:  February 15, 2016

Interested in a Career in Human Intelligence, Security or Disaster Management?

“Career Opportunities in Geospatial Intelligence”

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom C/D

Meet with senior executives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to learn about summer internships, post-baccalaureate job opportunities, and resources available to students interested in career paths in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Hear their panel presentation and then talk with them in roundtable discussions.

Moderator: COL [R] Steven D. Fleming, Professor of the Practice, USC Spatial Sciences Institute


 Dr. Lenora P. Gant, NGA Senior Executive for Academic Outreach and STEM

Derek J. Davis, NGA Senior Program Manager

Kip Wolf, NGA Senior Program Manager

Benjamin Foster, NGA Xperience

Eric L. Richardson, NGA Representative, Center for Information Dominance Unit San Diego

 Kari J. Craun, Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, U.S. Geological Survey

 Dr. Darryl G. Murdock, Vice President of Professional Development, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

These leaders in geospatial intelligence education and support are visiting USC, which is designated by the NGA and USGS as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences through the USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI). The CAE Geospatial Sciences program cultivates partnerships with strategic universities to develop the GEOINT workforce of the future.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Susan Kamei, SSI Associate Director, at (213) 740-1375, or email []

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a unique combination of intelligence and combat support agencies. As a world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence, it enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense to fulfill the President’s national security priorities to protect the nation.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. By integrating diverse scientific expertise, the USGS is able to understand complex natural science phenomena and provide scientific products that lead to solutions.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders. The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is a member of the USGIF, which has accredited the USC Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Intelligence.

Through its innovative interdisciplinary academic programs and research approaches, USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) uses spatial and location data approaches to solve global challenges, linking new knowledge, tools, and analyses that break through barriers and produce outcomes that improve the environment, health, and well-being.

Archaeology Research Center Assistant (no prior experience required)

USC Archaeology is seeking an office assistant with federal work-study funding to assist in the Archaeology Research Center in Ahmanson Center (behind Zumberge Hall and south of Tudor Student Center) on campus for 5-15 hours per week! We like to advance from within, if possible, so we love people who want to grow in salary and responsibilities for more than one semester or academic year!

Responsibilities will include but will not be limited to clerical work (filing, scanning, etc.), greeting and directing visitors, helping at events, supporting PR and calendar posting of events, online mailing list updates, and tasks related to administration of Archaeology major/minor.

Undergraduate student at USC with Federal Work Study grant
Experience using Microsoft Office

Willingness to learn basic Photoshop image editing techniques
Ability to work independently and to show up reliably
Interested applicants who have work-study should contact BOTH Lynn Dodd and Johnna  Send your resume and a short note about you, including confirmation of your work study eligibility.

Summer Options at the Study Abroad Fair

On Thursday, January 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, there will be a booth with information on USC Dornsife’s exciting summer programs (both Maymester and Problems Without Passports) at the Study Abroad Fair on Trousdale!

Some PWP and Maymester courses will have their own booths, but we invite you to come visit for general information on where the programs travel, how to apply, and whether or not you can get major credit for any of the courses (hint: you can!).

The following list contains some general information on each course, and we recommend looking it over before the fair so you can come with specific questions or with a course already in mind.

If you won’t be on campus on Thursday but are interested in conducting research abroad this summer, please email Danika Newlee in the Dornsife Dean’s Office for more information on the Maymester or PWP programs:

Maymester website:

PWP website:

Summer 2016 in the Arctic

IR 422 is a 4-unit Problems without Passports course taught by Steven Lamy that explores the complex issues surrounding climate change and its impact on the Arctic region through one week of class study and three weeks of field work in Iceland, Norway, and Finland. Students will interview policy experts from a variety of fields to address the territorial, economic and environmental problems that have arisen from recent Arctic developments and create policy recommendations of their own. Open to all majors!

We will be hosting an information session for this course on Friday, January 29th at 2:00 in VKC 300. Applications are due on February 12th – please see our website for more information.

Spring Research Funding Available

The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program provides funding to Dornsife undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member’s project. The purpose of SOAR is to connect students with faculty members and their research; it allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, and introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry.

*** Please note that we do not fund independent research projects, including those related to 490 courses or honors theses. The appropriate funding source for independent research projects is the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Applications for SOAR are currently being accepted, and the final deadline to submit is 12:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3rd.

For more information on the award, eligibility, and application process, please check out our website: