George Perkins Marsh Institute

Graduate and Undergraduate Opportunities at Marsh

NOAA Internship Opportunities for Summer 2017


The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a competitive internship program for Clark University undergraduate students interested in ocean, coastal and atmospheric research. This program is sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Through this program, scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2017. Opportunities will be available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities will be overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, an advised by a Clark faculty mentor. Internships will be offered in natural and social sciences, and are for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Starting dates are flexible, but most internships will begin in June and end in August. Interns will be selected on a competitive basis, and will receive a summer stipend of $4500.

Available internship opportunities and full application guidelines are available here. Student applications are due on February 27. We anticipate placing three interns from Clark during summer 2017. Any questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Student Projects Relating to Sustainability

The Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of natural resource and environmental sustainability and develop practical improvements that can move society towards more sustainable outcomes. Clark University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, and are reviewed in separate competitions. Given the intent of the Geller Awards, proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • relevance to practical approaches of advancing sustainability
  • originality and innovation
  • clarity and feasibility of research plan
  • ways in which the project will contribute to linking knowledge to action
  • potential for the Geller support to enable a project that may not be possible without the award
  • evidence of meaningful interactions with a faculty mentor for the project and/or linkages to ongoing research (but not at the expense of originality and independence)
  • cost-effectiveness (i.e., whether the budget is reasonable)
  • a scope of work commensurate with the academic standing of the student (i.e., we expect that applications from graduate students will reflect a greater degree of academic experience, compared to applications from undergraduate students).

An interdepartmental faculty committee that shares Howard Geller's interests in student research and activism for sustainability will select successful proposals. Subject to the number and quality of applications received, it is the intention of the committee to award one-half of both regular and small awards to undergraduate projects. We anticipate making approximately 3-4 awards in amounts ranging from $1,001 to $2,500, and several smaller grants, up to $1,000, each year. Requests for more than $2,500 will not be considered.

Deadlines and Dates

The 2017 award competition is now closed. Information on the 2018 competition will be forthcoming in the summer of 2017.

Questions should be directed to Dana Bauer, Assistant Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Postdoctoral Researcher -- Ecosystem Service Valuation; Stated and Stated/Revealed Preference Methods

The George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher in environmental economics, with an emphasis in ecosystem service valuation, stated and stated/revealed preference methods, and benefit transfer to join a vibrant and growing interdisciplinary research team. Click here for details.

Other Research Opportunities

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Our faculty of experts give undergraduates the unique chance to work side by side with them.

Today, more than 50 percent of the undergraduate students are involved in research with a faculty member. You can find out more about pursuing academic research by talking to your faculty advisor or the head of your chosen major. Plans are also in the works for a Virtual Research Center, where research opportunities will be posted on this site. Watch for more information in the next few months.