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Department of Geography


Internships and Careers

Working in the field before graduation will give you an advantage when you're ready to apply to graduate school or find a job. We encourage our students to gain as much practical experience as they can during their time here.

Internships

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can help enrich your academic experience while at the University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

Geography majors at the university have had a wide range of exciting and unique internship opportunities. Students have interned at federal, state, and local government agencies including the National Park Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina State Climatologist’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

 

Careers

Geography students combine a traditional liberal arts education emphasizing the development of reasoning, analysis and the presentation of ideas and arguments with a solid introduction to geographic principles and techniques.

Career opportunities include some specialized areas like cartographer, remote sensing specialist, geographic information systems specialist, which can be found in state and federal agencies, research bureaus and private industry. Depending on the track a student follows, other career opportunities include area specialist, international business, travel agent, environmental manager, park ranger, hazardous waste planner, urban and community planner, transportation planner, traffic manager, market and location researcher, real estate agent, coastal zone manager, hydrologist and climatologist.

 

Resources

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and career opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic advisor who can offer supplemental internship and career guidance specific to your major.