EERI Post-Graduation Internship Program


What is the EERI Post Graduate Internship Program

The EERI post graduate internship program offers recent college graduates an opportunity to extend their education and begin building a professional network through relevant real world experience in a professional setting. Interns make a 6 month commitment to EERI and gain valuable experience on earthquake mitigation and exposure to earthquake-focused professional organizations. EERI is committed to providing a learning experience through meaningful work assignments related to our mission of seismic risk reduction.

EERI’s Past and Current Interns

Benefits of a Post Graduate Internship at EERI

EERI interns gain valuable experience working in a professional environment on a range of interesting projects that increase their understanding and appreciation of the field of seismic risk mitigation. It is an opportunity to join a network of professional colleagues in earthquake engineering, planning policy, and government. Interns get the opportunity to contribute to the development and success of a number of EERI initiatives such as the World Housing Encyclopedia and the Learning From Earthquakes Program. The experience as an EERI intern will make many academic studies more relevant through meaningful assignment and engagement in real projects with substantial levels of responsibility. Interns are expected to take initiative, ask questions, and provide input and feedback. Highly motivated interns develop analytical, interpersonal, and leadership capacity. Interns work side-by-side with EERI staff in the Oakland, CA office and are provided a monthly stipend ($2200/month).

Benefits to EERI

The EERI post graduate internship is a mutually beneficial program for the institute and the intern. EERI gains valuable enthusiastic assistance on many of our special projects. Interns also support EERI staff on conferences, technical seminars, publication, IT operations, web services, and limited clerical tasks. Interns can offer fresh and creative perspectives as well as talents and technical skills in areas small non-profit organizations often find difficult to cover. Providing meaningful work experience and exposure for young earthquakes professionals is a service to our membership and increases the overall capacity of the institute.


EERI Has One Post-Graduation Internship Position Open. 
Application deadline is May 31, 2017.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has an internship position available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. These positions can begin as early as June 30, 2017.

EERI’s internships are approximately six-months long, and offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, annual meetings and conferences, and technical seminars and webinars.

Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project and event coordination, and website development and maintenance.

Internship candidates should have:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, science, architecture, public policy, planning, or a related field
  • Familiarity and interest with issues in earthquake risk reduction and community resilience
  • Proficiency in Excel and Word
  • Basic HTML skills and some knowledge of website development and maintenance (WordPress and Joomla), or willingness to learn
  • Skills with graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator
  • Ability to take initiative and independently solve problems
  • Curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, and flexibility
  • Basic to advanced GIS skills, or knowledge of GIS software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Online) and willingness to learn

The interns will need to work in the EERI office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (No moving or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2,200.

EERI Post-Graduation internships are a great way to gain valuable professional experience, to be involved in meaningful projects related to seismic safety and risk reduction, and to make connections with EERI’s multi-disciplinary professional community. The EERI office is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, and is accessible by BART, AC Transit, bike, and automobile.

Interested applicants should upload a resume, a one-page cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the EERI internship program, and the names of two references to the secure website here: Preference is given to EERI members. Applications should be submitted by May 31, 2017. New internship positions become available every four to six months.