Initial Publication Date: October 2, 2020

Running online internship programs: successes and challenges

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET


Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

Webinar Description

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As with many other activities, summer internship programs needed to turn to an online format to continue during pandemic shutdowns. This webinar will overview challenges encountered and successes achieved in three UNAVCO internship programs held online in summer 2020. The lessons learned can inform future efforts that use online or hybrid models.

UNAVCO redesigned their programs to successfully launch Geo-Launchpad, Research Experiences in the Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS), and the UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) to remote platforms, ensuring continued access to education, career advancement, monetary stipends, and community connections for the involved undergraduate and graduate students. This webinar will overview the online communication tools used, strategies for facilitating online programs, and the evidence-based outcomes assessed by an external evaluator. For well over a decade prior to 2020, these internships provided unique in-person opportunities for students from underrepresented populations to develop their technical and communication skills while aiming to broaden participation in the Earth Sciences.

Webinar Goals

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Be introduced to a variety of strategies for facilitating online internship programs, including fostering community and engaging mentors
  • Learn about successes, challenges, and recommendations for running multi-week programs using an online format


Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Questions? Please contact Mitchell Bender-Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.