Field Trips, Internships, and International StudyGeography students regularly embark on field trips with class groups or the entire department. Recent destinations include the Pacific Northwest, the Mid-Atlantic East Coast, Colorado and New Mexico, the Great Plains, the Upper Mississippi Valley, Wisconsin and the Lake Superior regions.
The geography department encourages all geography majors to have an internship or field experience either locally, near their home, nationally or internationally. Augustana's location offers many opportunities for work experience and on-the-spot investigations into urban and rural problems. The Quad Cities is a large metropolitan area on the Mississippi River -- composed of two states, three counties and 14 municipalities -- and is the location for the offices of not only these local government units and private consulting firms, but also branch offices of several national environmental agencies.
Local internship opportunities include: Bi-State Regional Commission; Cities of Rock Island, Moline , and Davenport; U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rock Island County; National Weather Service, Quad Cities Office; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District; and River Action Inc.
Geography faculty have initiated and continue to lead programs and teach on the college's international study terms, especially the fall terms in East Asia and Latin America.
Alex Gau, '11, collects data before going through Lock and Dam 17 on the Mississippi River during her internship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Interning with the Corps of Engineers is just one of the many internships that geography students are involved in.