One of the most common questions we get asked by students is “How do I get more hands-on experience with GIS before I graduate?” In our GIScience Research Lab, we can only offer jobs or internships to a couple of students a semester, and there is always more demand than supply. That’s why summer internships are a great way to get more experience. There are lots of them out there, but I saw the flyer for the ESRI Summer Internship Program for 2007 and I decided it would be a good time to do a post about the subject.
If you are working toward a career in geospatial technologies, you should definitely be on the lookout for internship possibilities. Many university programs have labs with internship programs in-house, and some even accept summer interns from other schools. You can also look for internships with private companies or public agencies. A number of our students have done internship with the USGS or private GIS firms.
The ESRI program is pretty big, with internship possibilities both in Redlands and at regional offices, and interns can work in different areas such as ArcGIS Product Development, Education Services, or Internet Development.
If you are interested in doing an internship this summer, now is the time to start applying, as many of the application deadlines are coming up over the next 2 months.
This week’s happy moment brought to you by the letters M, L, and W. We now have access to great mobile devices such as the OQO Model 2, the ‘soon’ to arrive iPhone and the Nokia N800, each of which are running a full modern operating system and each of which has WiFi and cellular data capabilities out of the box, two of which are phones. Ask anyone who has used a PDA-based mapping app, or folks who have developed for mobile devices, and they will tell probably say that they would be happier running a full version of the OS, and now we have that option.
I am pretty excited to see ArcPad running on an OQO (You are in the field, do you really need ArcView…) or QGIS on the N800 or iPhone. Now, I know this has been possible for a while with tablets and UPMCs and of course Linux PDAs, but with the increasing number of options it is getting closer and closer…now if I could just afford one of these great options.
And for some reason Frank to me to tell everyone he said ‘hi’…go figure.
Along with a new Congress, the Democrats are moving into a new venue – Second Life. George Miller (D-Calif) appeared in Second life to give a virtual question and answer session. It’s an interesting development, as it may be another way in which people can viably interact with their government. More people, government interaction is always a good thing.