How do I volunteer?

We are always seeking science and communications mentors for our Boulder-based, NSF-funded summer internship program for high achieving, historically underrepresented college students in the geosciences.

The students are generally rising juniors and seniors, have broad interests, and are keen to do field work, lab work, and data analysis in many areas of the geosciences, including glaciology, geophysics, hydrology, natural hazards, seismology, geomorphology, glacial geology, volcanology, water quality, tectonic geomorphology, sea ice changes, limnology, alpine processes, paleoclimatology, geodesy, GIS spatial analysis, and more.

If you are interested in mentoring a Boulder-based RESESS intern, please download the RESESS Intern Mentor application and fill it out offline. Once you have formulated your proposed project, please email this document containing your responses to resess(at)

What we provide:

If you, as a PI, do not have funding for a RESESS intern, we pay the intern's salary. We provide them with housing, a peer group, a communications workshop, coaching, a laptop, and local field trips. We provide mentoring guidelines and regular feedback for you. We provide you with formal recognition for having participated in a program that broadens participation and diversity in the geosciences. We organize an end-of-summer colloquium and poster session, and support the interns in attending a national science conference such as AGU, GSA, or AMS, that you will receive credit for as a co-author.

How can I include a RESESS intern in my research proposal?

Science proposal PIs can include funding for a first-year intern (if the PI is the Denver/Boulder area) or second or third year intern (anywhere in the U.S.). The UNAVCO RESESS team will provide proposal support and planning services; please complete a Project Support Request Form if you are interested in supporting an intern on your science investigation. For details on the available models for support, please see the Broader Impacts & Education Support Services.

What we need from you:

Research Mentors:
You will identify a discrete project for an intern to take on as their own. You will guide their work throughout June and July. On average, a research mentor spends about ten hours per week with an intern discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping with research paper and presentation.

Communications Mentors:
You will work with an intern towards writing a research paper on their project. The writing mentor supplements the instruction interns receive in their weekly writing workshop and spends about two hours per week with the intern.

Please help us build an excellent array of research opportunities and a strong cadre of communications mentors to match the energy and curiosity of these students.