The continued spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generating increasing uncertainty across the many college campuses, USGS facilities, and national labs that collaborate with IRIS to offer our summer intern research program. This uncertainty has created significant complications for nearly all logistics and operations of the program and these complications can be expected to last well into the summer and possibly beyond. Therefore, it is with great regret that we announce that the IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program has been suspended for the summer of 2020. This decision was not an easy one as we recognize that this program provides valuable outside-the-classroom learning, direct research experience, financial support, community, and career development for the future of our field. However, we cannot in good conscience make offers for this summer, given the likelihood that many university campuses and research labs may be closed, particularly to outside students.
We are grateful for the continued interest from students and support from the entire IRIS community. We look forward to the continued development of the Next Generation of Seismologists in summer 2021.