Particularly in earth sciences, it is important to gain experience in your field prior to graduation. Many students don't know that they are eligible for employment in the geosciences right out of first year:

 

We encourage you to take advantage of available opportunities: 

  • International Exchange Carleton University offers an incredible number of international exchange opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply during the fall of their second year in order to study abroad during their third year. Not all partners offer an earth sciences program. Once you have determined two or three universities you are interested in, please send course descriptions to the brian [dot] cousens [at] carleton [dot] ca (Undergraduate Advisor) for feedback. 
  • Dean's Summer Research Internship (DSRI) High achieving, first year students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply to for a summer internship with a sponsoring faculty member. These are paid positions that give the student the opportunity to contribute to a research program. Eligible students receive e-mail notification from the dean's office when applications open. Read about a past DSRI in earth sciences
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program 
  • Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS)
  • Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW)This is an annual field trip offered by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Every domestic, university-level geology program sponsors one student participant. Third and fourth year students are eligible to apply. You will be notified by e-mail when applications open. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity in the mineral exploration industry. 
  • Geophysical Industry Field Trip (GIFT) This is an annual field trip offered by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Students apply to the organization directly for registration on a first come, first served basis. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity for geophysics. 
  • Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT) This is an annual field trip offered by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Every university-level geology program in Canada sponsors one student participant. Returning third year students are preferred. You will be notified by e-mail when applications open. This is an incredible learning and networking opportunity in the petroleum industry. 
  • Cox Internship The department is pleased to offer two paid summer internships - one in mineralogy at the research and collections facility of the Museum of Nature, and the other in gemology at the Geological Survey of Canada. Those who have successfully completed ERTH 2102 Mineralogy are eligible to apply. Students are notified by e-mail when applications open in the spring. 

Are you hoping to become a professional geologist? An APGO representative comes every year in the fall to talk about the road to the P.Geo. designation and answer any questions you may have.