Geoscience Careers in Industry Program

Connecting Students and Industry

GSA’s Geoscience Career Program connects students and private sector industries in a day of progressive sessions aimed at building a stronger career pipeline. As a student in these sessions, you will gain important skills to help you prepare for the workforce, learn career advice from industry professionals, and have the opportunity to present your research to industry representatives. Events in the Geoscience Careers in Industry series are designed to be taken in sequence if possible. Register today!

Geoscience Career Workshop: Launch Your Job Search

Saturday, 18 Oct., 1–5 pm. Limit 100. See Short Course 525 for details.

$15 per participant if you register by September 15. If you register after the early-bird deadline, the workshop is $45. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a $15 voucher redeemable at the GSA onsite bookstore. To register, look for Short Course #525 on the Annual Meeting registration form.

This workshop is intended to help students and recent graduates successfully prepare for a career in the geosciences. Workshop facilitators Brent Lyon (David Alpin Group) and Patrick McAndless (Imperial Mining Corp.) bring over 50 years of experience in the private sector and will cover constructing effective cover letters, résumés, and CVs. Company representatives from Hess Corporation, Newmont Mining, and ExxonMobil will meet with the group and offer tips and suggestions for navigating their company's hiring process.

Career Poster Guidelines

Geoscience Careers in Industry: Student Research Highlight Session

Sunday, 19 Oct., 9 a.m.–noon. Limit 125. Free

This session provides students an opportunity to showcase and discuss their research and begin dialogues with and get to know sponsoring industry representatives and hiring managers. Students who present their research in this session will be invited to the evening networking reception (below), where they will have ample opportunities to continue to interact with industry representatives. [ Poster Guidelines ]

Geology in Industry Career Pathways Luncheon

Sunday, 19 Oct., noon–1:30 pm. Limit 300 (first come, first serve). Free

This lunch will feature a panel representing various industries. Panelists will answer questions, offer advice about preparing for a career in industry, and comment on the current and anticipated roles of geoscientists within their industries. This event is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend, secure your spot early.

Geoscience Careers in Industry: Professional Practice Session

Sunday, 19 Oct., 1:30–4 pm. Limit 250. Free

The session offers students an opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one with corporate sponsors, learning about the unique cultures within their companies and the types of careers available. Students will have a chance to talk with hiring managers or geoscience recruiters as well as recent hires, who will answer questions about their jobs. Companies may have information about their work, sustainability initiatives, less-known projects in research, and other components of their positive contributions to communities.

Geoscience Careers in Industry: Evening Reception

Sunday, 19 Oct., 4:30–5:30 pm. Limit 175. Free

This informal mixer offers a networking opportunity for the Geoscience Careers in Industry’s participating companies and students, as well as recent industry hires. This event is only open to students who presented their research at the Student Research Highlight Session, or to students who receive an invitation from companies (at the companies’ discretion).

Employment Service Center

Monday, 20 Oct., 9 am–6 pm. and Tuesday, 21 Oct., 9 am-1 pm

GSA's online service provides a place for students to post their resumes and search the online database for jobs. Companies interested in formally interviewing students from the Geoscience Career Program may set up interviews Monday, 20 Oct.,  and Tuesday, 21 Oct. See the Employment Service Center for more information.