Scholarship – BCGS Industry Internship 2024

The BC Geophysical Society is renewing our Industry Internship Program for 2024!

To apply, click here for the application form. See “Procedure” below.
Click to see the announcement poster.

Many BSc students find it challenging to connect academics to professional life, especially when it comes to finding that first working experiences that will help them secure their first job after graduation. 

The BCGS Industry Internship program aims to help students find summer or other work placements in the geophysics sector. We will help connect you with summer employment opportunities, and – when you have accepted an employment position that will provide you with experiences in geophysical work – we may be able to provide a one-time stipend to help cover costs of getting started. In past years we have distributed between 1 and 5 internship awards, depending on number, quality and appropriateness of applicants.


Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (<3 years) from or currently residing in British Columbia who can demonstrate an interest in working in field, office, or technical (eg programing) aspects of geophysics. 

Selection Criteria:

  1. A succinct description of your interests in applied geophysics, presented in the application form and accompanying cover letter (shorter than one page); 
  2. Academic or professional references;
  3. An academic record that demonstrates success at school and (ideally) a commitment to geophysics.

Procedure and timeline – please read carefully and ask if you have questions:

  1. Students First, apply for the BCGS Industry Internship Program. View this application form, download it (via the Google Docs “Files -> Download” menu), then complete the MS word file and follow instructions on the form to return it to the BCGS before the deadline given in the application form. 
    (NOTE: If you have already found a geophysics job, include that information in the application form. You may still be eligible for support).
  2. BCGS by end of March we will share with you the names with companies who have indicated they are interested in hiring summer students. 
  3. Students will apply to companies they would like to work for as soon as possible (usually in Feb, March, or April), and indicate in their application letters that they have applied for a BCGS Industry Internship award. 
  4. BCGS during March we will review all submissions, and inform successful applicants that they are eligible for an award once they have a letter from their new employer confirming employment status.
  5. Students – let us at BCGS know you have been hired, your start date, and who you will be working for. Details are in the application form.
  6. BCGS will sendthe award funds to the successful candidates at that time. Amounts for individuals will depend upon the number of awardees.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can students still receive financial support if they are hired by a geophysics company not on the list?
    Certainly. No constraints, so long as work is somehow related to geophysics.
  • If this can go towards jobs not on the list, does the job have to be in BC?
    No, the job can be anywhere at all, so long as you are a student studying at an institution in BC or the Yukon.
  • Should students inform companies during the hiring process that they’ve applied for this internship program?
    Yes, see point “3” above.
  • Is it the student or the company’s role to notify the BCGS once they are hired?
    Yes, see point “5” above.
  • If the student applies and gets selected for a job on the list, do they automatically receive financial aid from this Internship Award? Or is there the possibility they get hired but won’t receive the award?
    Applicants will be informed (point 4 above) if they are approved, and funds will be available. The amount depends on how many are approved and available funds (which varies each year depending on donations.)

For a list of past internship awardees, and comments reflecting their experiences, see our awardees page.