Internships and study abroad opportunities are common and encouraged. Study abroad and international travel can be included in the program. Geography students have studies in many countries around the world, including Australia, UK, Germany, France, Iceland, Russia and China. Students can also include internships in their program and most students complete at least one. They have worked locally, across the nation and internationally.
About 50 percent of undergraduates participate in funded collaborative research with faculty. Students are employed through a variety of sources, including faculty grants, GEoTREE Center contracts, the Geographic Alliance of Iowa and Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellowships. The department fast-tracks student colleagues into deepr, more meaningful research and outreach activities through mentorship designed to empower the students to become equal partners and leaders.