Internships with FracTracker

We always looking for energetic and talented college and graduate level students with a passion for the environment and data to join us.

Internships at the FracTracker Alliance offer students invaluable resume-building work experience and networking opportunities. Not only will interns work closely with members of our team, but they will also have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to many aspects of our oil and gas work. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in events that increase their professional networks and interact with our partner organizations. Meet our current interns.

Upcoming Internships

Three Fall 2017 Internships

Fall internships are unpaid and run for 3 months at 10 hours per week. Students can choose to seek receipt of academic credits through their academic institution. This position is not eligible for health benefits. This year we have openings for one Data & GIS intern out of each of the following offices:

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Oakland, CA

The application deadline is at 5pm Eastern on July 14, 2017. Learn more and apply today. Questions about our Fall 2017 internships can be addressed to Sam Rubright at

Visiting Scholars

Special arrangements can also be made for visiting scholars, which typically consist of graduate students and post-docs. This is an unpaid position, should come with independent funding, and is on a case-by-case basis.

Visiting scholars will work directly with the data, people, and organizations that function within their study of extractive industries. Typically the most effective way to conduct research is to participate as an active member in the community being studied. If you are interested in working as a Visiting Scholar with FracTracker, please email Sam Rubright at for more information.

Current Internships

Spring 2017 Fellowship

This is a joint fellowship with FracTracker Alliance and Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project that will go from January 3, 2017 – August 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more

Spring 2017 GIS Internships (3)

Every year we offer paid internships with our full time staff members. This spring we will have 3 interns focused on GIS projects in Oakland, CA; Cleveland, OH; and Pittsburgh, PA. These internships run from January through June 2017. Interns are compensated $11/hour and work 15 hours per week. Learn more

General Responsibilities

The responsibilities of both unpaid and paid interns revolve around the daily work of the other FracTracker staff, as well as time-sensitive projects. Due to FracTracker’s web and mapping focus, the primary skills we seek out of internship applicants are those that would allow them to do GIS work, assist with various web and communications projects, or a combination of the two. Responsibilities will vary, but may include:

  • Data mining, cleaning, management, and GIS mapping
  • Website and e-newsletter maintenance
  • Communication, marketing, and social media tasks
  • Translation of data into information and stories for the blog
  • Project-specific outreach to nonprofit and other external partners
  • Event planning and organization
  • Helping to maintain/enhance social media and networking presence
  • Administrative support when needed (including data entry, schedule coordination, taking and preparing meeting notes, etc.)
  • Field research
  • Participation in software development, integration, and system testing

Internship Application Process

Applicants should be currently attending or have recently attended an academic institution, preferably in the US for logistical purposes.

Internship applications are accepted either through email or through our online form. Please refer to the job description to determine how you should apply for that specific position.

Upon receipt of your application and the closing of the application process, our Manager of Communications and Partnerships (MCP) will screen and select applicants for interviews that fit the skills being sought by FracTracker for projects at the time.

Interviews will then be conducted by the MCP and the position’s direct supervisor.

Questions about our current and upcoming internship opportunities should be directed to Sam Rubright at

About Us

FracTracker Alliance studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation. Learn more

To date, we have hosted interns from the following institutions:

  • Columbia University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Duquesne University
  • Kaplan University
  • McGill University
  • Michigan Tech
  • North Eastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Redlands
  • Vassar College
  • Washington & Jefferson College

Collaborations and Projects

Our interns and student collaborators have worked on some incredible projects, as showcased below:



If you have any questions about our internship opportunities, just send us an email.