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.