Friday, May 15, 2015

GIS Analyst Internships for Leidos

The Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group is seeking GIS Analyst Interns for active live work on an geospatial project at Leidos.

University students will work on live data within ArcMap for running custom tools, examining tool output and performing topological corrections to the geospatial data over 2 dimensional imagery. 

The internship will provide the candidate with a valuable opportunity to work with a skilled team of geospatial analysts within a production environment to gain skills with production, geospatial editing techniques, gain knowledge of government specifications/schemas and exposure to a professional office environment.

Requirements: Current college students (first year and above) pursuing GIS degrees, GIS certifications or Geography degrees that include use of ArcMap, or closely related field. Must have a solid understanding of GIS principles and ability to edit data. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is desired. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Shannon Dalrymple | Leidos
Talent Acquisition Specialist | NSS
phone: 703-589-0146 or 571-228-5586

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Excellent Job Search Tool -- not only solicits ads from employers, it also pulls job announcements from and several other career sites.  Students can create an Indeed alert for particular key words and a particular location in seconds.

To create an email job alert:

  • Enter a search and will email you new jobs that match your criteria. will send alerts once a day, so new matching jobs are included in a single daily email.
  • Tracks jobs in your city, with your employers or for a compnay you want to work for.
  • Stop and start alerts at any time.  To cancel an alert, click the "Cancel" link at the bottom of every alert email.

Monday, May 11, 2015

State Department GIS Positions

The U.S. Department of State is looking for two full-time Cartographers to work in the GIS office.  Undergraduate students who will graduate soon, graduates, and graduate students may apply.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please follow this link:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Alumni of the Month: Chris McPartland

Name: Chris McPartland

Year of graduation:  2012
Major: Geographic Information Systems
Current employment status:
  • Employer: Icaros Inc.
  • Position:  Processing Manager
Did you/do you currently go to graduate school? If so:
  • School: University of Maryland
  • Program: Masters of Professional Studies
  • Degree: Geospatial Information Sciences 
 Why did you want to be a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
As a kid I always loved maps, and wanted to be involved in the making of them. When I heard that I would have a chance at making maps for all different kinds of purposes ranging from agriculture to military purposes I was hooked. 
 What internships or independent research did you do as a GEOG/GIS/ENSP major?
While I was at the University of Maryland I had an internship with NOAA. NOAA offered this position to students to help expose them to the workings of a government agency. This position involved the managing of oceanic charts. We used ArcMap to alter shapefiles to help reduce redundancy of features such as roads. While working this internship I learned many GIS related skills, but also gained knowledge of how agencies worked in general. 
 What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success while they are still undergraduates?
I would tell them to actively seek out internships in the field. Many students will wait until late their senior year to find an internship, and in many cases it is too late. I would also recommend that students work together. While taking many classes in undergrad, I found that I did some of my best work when helping and receiving help from others. One last word of advice is to apply for jobs early. Don’t be afraid to start applying early your senior year for jobs. 
 What recommendations would you make to current GEOG/GIS/ENSP majors for career and academic success after graduation?
Like I stated previously, the best thing you can do is set yourself up for success after graduation. Apply for jobs early so you are already ahead when you graduate. I would also recommend that anyone that is interested in a masters or PHD, should look into Maryland’s grad programs. Maryland’s MPS program is an amazing program with very knowledgeable professors and TAs. 

U.S. Board on Geographic Names