FracTracker Internships

Each spring, we welcome college and graduate-level students with a passion for the environment and data to join FracTracker Alliance as interns.

Working with FracTracker Alliance offers students and researchers invaluable resume-building work experience and networking opportunities. Not only will interns and visiting scholars 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 and visiting scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in events that increase their professional networks and interact with our partner organizations.

Learn more about our Internships and Visiting Scholar Program in the sections below.

General Internship Description

The responsibilities of 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

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

Applications for FracTracker’s spring internships open each fall. Opportunities will be listed on the FracTracker website, and you can sign up to be notified by email using the form on this page.

FracTracker internships are paid positions.

Brook Lenker, Matthew Kelso, and intern Gianna Calisto counting oil trains as they passed through Pittsburgh, PA

FracTracker executive director Brook Lenker, manager of data & technology Matt Kelso, and intern Gianna Calisto count oil trains as they pass through Pittsburgh, PA

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Visiting Scholar Program

In addition to our collegiate internship program, FracTracker also offers a more flexible but rigorous Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-docs, and other experts to further their scholarly endeavors with us. Subject areas can vary widely, from anthropology to environmental science; from renewables to oil and gas impacts.

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. This program enriches both the work of FracTracker and the Visiting Scholar. In addition to presentations to staff and external partners, at the end of the term (as agreed upon by the Scholar and FracTracker), each Visiting Scholar must provide a report on the project’s outcomes and how it shaped his/her research interests and goals.

Visiting Scholars generally represent their home institutions or serve as independent researchers. In either case, each Visiting Scholar should seek financial compensation for their time through their home institutions or independent resources. FracTracker will provide the Visiting Scholar with office space and standard IT setup.

If you are interested in serving as a Visiting Scholar with FracTracker, please send us a proposal that outlines your project concept:

Within your proposal, please include: 1) A concise and clear explanation of the proposed study/project, with a work plan detailing the stages of the project and ways to identify the goals have been reached (maximum 2 pages); 2) An indication of which FracTracker office you would like to be based – please see our current list of offices across the U.S.; 3) References, including a support letter from institutional or departmental head (if representing an institution), or 2 reference letters if on independent study.

For more information, please contact Shannon Smith at

About Us

FracTracker Alliance is a nonprofit environmental research organization based in the United States.

We map, analyze, and communicate the risks of oil, gas, and petrochemical development to advance just energy alternatives that protect public health, natural resources, and the climate.

We provide visual and technical tools to assist communities in mitigating negative impacts of extraction-related activities, particularly fracking. Since 2012, FracTracker Alliance has been a leading resource for maps, data, and analyses in our field. Learn more

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

  • Auburn University
  • Columbia University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Kaplan University
  • McGill University
  • Michigan Tech
  • North Eastern University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stony Brook University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Maryland
  • 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 additional questions about our internship opportunities, just send us an email.