Monday, March 30, 2015

GIS Positions with US Department of State

Cartographer positions are available at the US Department of State GIS Office.  For more information, please follow the link below.

GIS Position with Icaros Inc.

For more information, please contact:
Chris McPartland
Production Manager
Icaros Inc.
Office (1-888-514-4661)
4100 Monument Corner Dr
Suite 520
Fairfax, VA 22030

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Peace Corps Office Hours

Peace Corps Office Hours 
Thursday, March 26, 201511:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Interested in Peace Corps? Attend Peace Corps Office Hours every Thursday from 11a.m.-2p.m. to speak with UMD’s Peace Corps Recruiter. Drop by to learn general information about Peace Corps, receive assistance with the application process, practice for interviews and more. Office Hours will be held in the University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South wing) on the following dates: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. No appointment necessary, but RSVPs are greatly appreciated. To RSVP, sign into Careers4Terps and search for “Peace Corps Office Hours – SIGN UP!” Can’t make these dates or times? Email to set up an appointment.

Clean Water Action: Employer Networking Sessions

Clean Water Action: Employer Networking Sessions 
Thursday, April 02, 20154:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Clean Water Action will present an information session on their full time and part time now and in summer positions. They are interested in students from all majors.
Appropriate Attire: Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified.
RSVP for this event: Click here

Careers in Sustainability Forum

Careers in Sustainability Forum 
Wednesday, April 01, 20154:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Location: University Career Center & The President’s Promise (3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Interested in a career in sustainability, but you don’t know how to get started?  Torn between law school, being an activist, or starting your own business?   As sustainability becomes an even more important topic in businesses, nonprofits, and the government, it’s important to know how to strategically build up your experiences and skills to land your dream job.
Come with your questions and meet one-on-one with five professionals, all from different sectors and working on different issues.  This informal forum will give you the opportunity to learn about your industry, network with representatives currently working on sustainability, and get advice on how to start your career search.
Panelists include:  
·         Ralph Bennett, President of Bennett Frank McCoy Architects; Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland.
·         Khushi Desai, Senior Associate Attorney, Earth Justice.
·         Evan Jukovich, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
·         Zack Kline, Owner, A.I.R. Lawn Care.
·         Josh Tulkin, State Director, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. 
Light refreshments will be provided! Co-sponsored by Sustainability Studies Minor
RSVP for this event: Click here

Geographical Sciences Career & Internship Fair 2015

Geographical Sciences Career & Internship Fair 2015 
Friday, March 27, 20159:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: 1124 LeFrak Hall
The Geographical Sciences Advising Office, in cooperation with the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, sponsors a semi-annual career and internship fair specific to Geography, Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Science and Policy students every semester. Public, private and non-profit employers attend to seek out potential interns and employees. All majors welcomed. Learn how to put your best foot forward and review the list of employers attending.
Request Accessibility Accommodations: 
Please contact Alicia Montague at the University Career Center & The President's Promise ( at least two weeks prior if you need to request accessibility accommodations for this event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring 2015 Geography Career Fair

Click here for a full list of attending employers...there will be FREE FOOD too!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Study Abroad with UMD

March Undergraduate Student of the Month: Alycia Roberson

1)  What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
Majoring in Geographical Sciences with concentration in Development and Sustainability
Minoring in GIS
2)      What are your interests within your program(s)?
Sustainable Agriculture
Food insecurity
Sustainable development
Navigation, in particular how users interact with it
                     i.      I tend to yell at mine a lot… and wish it would adapt to my driving habits
3)      What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
  1. Mentor for GEMS to instill a passion for STEM related careers
  2. Member of the BSOS Student Sustainability Task Force (kind of an internship)
  3. Geography Club and GTU
  4. Foy Consulting and Engineering - Operated computer-aided drafting (CAD) software and 3D design software (Inventor and Solid works) to produce designs and drawings
4) Where are you from?
      Kansas (a.k.a. middle of nowhere!) 

1)      Where you are interning?
Last semester was part of the BSOS Student Sustainability Task force and still currently this semester. (Amee, the instructor in charge, considers this to be an internship)
2)      What are your internship responsibilities?
For fall semester I researched solar panels and worked with the design team to create a solar power charging station for the BSOS community. After presenting our findings and design to the rest of the team we submitted a grant proposal to the UMD Sustainability Fund and are awaiting to hear back. If approved, construction will begin by October 2015!
3)      What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
Fall 2014: solar power charging station
Spring 2015: The team is currently working on ideas for next semesters grant proposal. In a few weeks we will be giving individual presentations on possible sustainable solutions.
Some examples are:
  1. Shower minders
  2. Reusable bags for dining hall
  3. Solar charged trash compactors
  4. And implementing Pavegen systems (
4)      How is the internship experience relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences?
I do not have any internships related to Geography but this Task Force has been a great opportunity to experience the process of grant writing, researching and working with a very diversified team in terms of majors and skills. However, we all have a common goal that is to promote sustainability on campus.
5)      What are your career goals after your graduate?
Good question…
  • Is staying a student forever a possibility?                    
  • Interested in working with countries and sustainable development
  • Peace corps
  • Still trying to figure out what all the possibilities are with Geography and GIS…

March Alumni of the Month: Nikolajs Timrots

Name: Nikolajs Timrots
Year of graduation: 2014
Major: GIS

Current employment status:
Employer: Prince George’s County Government, Department of Public Works & Transportation, Transit Planning Section
Position: Engineer Tech II
Did you/do you currently go to graduate school?
No, but I am looking into going to graduate school. Most likely Urban Planning.
Why did you want to be a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
I wanted to be an urban planning major, but since UMD does not offer such an undergrad, and I’ve always loved geography, I figured it was the next best thing. I selected GIS, as opposed to GEOG, because it offered more toward my skill set, and more opportunities for jobs. It has come in handy at my current job, as GIS is a hot topic at my office, and not many people have any experience with it. I also figured it would be more fun to try and explain to people what GIS is, because explaining why I chose to “study maps” wasn’t enough, As an added bonus, “GIS” sounds more impressive than “Geography” to many people.

What internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
In high school, I interned at a local government Parking Department, where I assisted with planning of county-owned parking garages. I spent two summers and one school year there.
At UMD, I had a job at Shuttle-UM throughout my college career, where I worked my way up from a bus driver, to Operations Planning Assistant, to Operations Planning Manager, to Operations Supervisor (full-time). While this may not sound geography-related, transportation (specifically, transit) was always a field I was interested in, and GIS certainly came in handy. I got first-hand experience in the operation of a working transit system, and was able to apply many of the skills I was learning in class, and vice versa.
I was also fortunate enough to obtain full-time employment with Prince George’s County, my current job, and apply it as internship credit toward finishing my degree. GIS has been invaluable here. I am one of two people in my office that have any experience working with GIS, and am in the process of starting a GIS program. We will be getting our office’s data up to date on the county-wide GIS database, which will help us better serve our customers as well. This will help us keep up with ever-changing Title VI (transportation for minorities and low-income persons) requirements, which are very important in the transit industry. We will also use GIS data to store information about bus stops (shelters, trash cans, lighting, sidewalk availability, etc.), catchment area (areas served), & frequency of service in an area, among other things, to improve our product

What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?
Make friends, and more importantly stay friends/keep up with them. Same with co-workers at your internship. It’s a small world, and odds are, you’ll be working with some of them somewhere. When you’re a manager or your friend becomes a manager, you want someone you know and trust, just like buying a car from a friend is better than from a stranger. Networking is huge! It really is largely about who you know, and knowing more people will put you a step ahead.

What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic successafter graduation?
1) Train, train, train. The more qualifications and credentials you have, the better you look to your boss and other potential employers. 2) Do things you’re not 100% comfortable doing, it’s how you learn new things and become more versatile, which looks great to your boss, and makes you invaluable. 3) Keep networking- that boring meeting might be the place you have a chance to meet and chat up your future boss, future co-worker, future business partner. Just knowing a name can make a huge difference. Have an elevator speech ready. 4) Document everything you do at work. This will come in handy when performance appraisal time comes around, as well as when you are updating the resume.