Jobs & Internships


PennWest Edinboro students who major in the Geosciences get hands-on experience during valuable internships that lead to rewarding careers.


Hands-on, real-world experience is hard to beat. PennWest Edinboro recognizes that experiential learning is a valuable tool in helping students to make career decisions and in complementing formal classroom learning.

Providing excellent internship opportunities is a priority for the University, and the stories of student success in the workplace have been overwhelming.

Edinboro Geosciences students have interned at the state Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Transportation, Western PA Port Authority, Environmental Coordination Services and Recycling, Wyoming County (N.Y.) and McHenry County (Illinois) Conservation Districts, Edinboro Wastewater Treatment Facility, U.S. Forest Service, Asbury Woods Nature Center, Moody and Associates Consulting, Environmental Remediation and Recovery, Student Conservation Association, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Keystone State Park, The Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Science Museum, Fairview Township – Erie County, Double Boar Ranch – Shippenville, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Tetra Tech – Union City Camp, Flagship Niagara and other locations.

While some PennWest Edinboro majors require an internship, cooperative education, student teaching or research experience, many students elect to pursue an internship to augment their educational portfolio. Every major has one or more designated internship directors to assist students with identifying opportunities and coordinating credits.

Students who are interested in internship experiences are encouraged to contact the Geosciences Department internship coordinator, or visit the Center for Career Development’s internship webpages for more information.

Geosciences Department Internship Coordinators:

Dr. Laurie Parendes
212 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2840

Dr. Eric Straffin
229 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-1574


Cartographers/GIS specialists, environmental managers, conservation agents, environmental consultants and urban and community planners and leaders in business, education, the oil and gas industry and many other fields have built the foundations of their success at PennWest Edinboro and so can you.

The Boro Center for Career Development assists students at the onset of their professional lives with many outstanding services, including building resume, interviewing and networking skills and offering numerous job fair opportunities annually both on- and off-campus.

Alumni from the Department of Geosciences have gone on to succeed in thrilling careers in their field of study. Check out the career achievements of some of the Department’s notable alumni below.

Contact Us

126 Cooper Hall
230 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-2529
Fax: 814-732-1691

Brian Zimmerman, PhD
Department Chair
237 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-1575