Working with the National Geographic Society (NGS) is an honor not many people will have.
But Genevieve Stark, senior geography, geology and planning (GGP) student, will hold that honor this summer.
Starting in June, she will serve as NGS’s Strategic Partnerships, Grants and Explorer-Educator Connections (SPGEE) intern.
“Growing up, I read National Geographic magazines and they inspired me to learn more about different cultures and global issues,” Stark said. “It’s really a dream come true to have this opportunity.”
About the internship
Stark’s internship will be hybrid this summer.
“I’ll spend one week of the internship at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.,” she said. “Then, I will work remotely until the internship ends in August.”
This experience will include an opportunity to attend National Geographic’s Explorers Festival.
“Every June, the National Geographic Society convenes innovative scientists, conservationists, educators, storytellers, supporters, and changemakers from around the globe for a week of celebration and collaboration,” a representative for the festival said. “This year, staff will convene to share novel discoveries, unparalleled insights, and forward-thinking solutions in a moment when innovation and impact are more important than ever.”
Explorers create educational content and bring awareness to global issues by connecting with teachers and classrooms around the world.
Stark’s role will be conducting research in this area.
“I’ll primarily conduct research to better understand the global landscape of education,” she said. “I’ll also assist in researching grantmaking opportunities for Explorers and help review potential National Geographic Explorer-Educator partners to allocate funding toward their projects.”
Stark will also be helping to expand the program’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitments.
“I’ll support the development, planning and execution of equitable education programs connected to the program.”
She is also currently participating in the accelerated geography master’s program.
While pursuing her studies, Stark serves as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Emily Frazier, assistant professor of GGP at MSU.
Her hard work has been recognized, both by National Geographic and Frazier, who is also her advisor.
“The selection process for this internship was internationally competitive, open to both undergraduates and graduate students around the world in multiple disciplines,” Frazier said. “Among thousands of applicants, Genevieve was selected through an intensive, multi-round application and interview process.
“I’m confident her skills, research experience and organizational aptitude will serve her well during this experience in our program and beyond.”
Stark has many people to thank for her success.
“I would like to thank Dr. Frazier for her continued support of my educational goals, the GGP department and my professors in the College of Education,” she said.