Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NASA DEVELOP Program: Paid Environmental GIS & Remote Sensing Opportunity

It's that time of year again! The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the Fall 2015 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to yearlong contracts.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found athttp://develop.larc.nasa.gov/The fall online application deadline is July 3rd.  The fall program dates are September 14 – November 20, 2015. This program has three terms: Spring, Summer, and Fall -- the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; there are many other locations across the United States that you can find on the "About" page.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and composing deliverables including a technical paper, poster, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial and more competitive, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 15-30 hours per week for the fall term. Paid positions are funded as consultants using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hola Cultura seeks a UI design intern with Wordpress + GIS experience

Hola Cultura has an immediate opening for a UI design intern with Wordpress and GIS experience to join our Summer 2015 team. 

We are looking for a talented web designer who will play a key role in a groundbreaking special project we will publish this summer on Hola Cultura, www.holacultura.com, a local website showcasing Washington DC’s Latino community and culture. 

This summer, Hola Cultura is mapping where DC’s Latino population has lived in recent decades and examining factors such as affordable housing availability that have influenced settlement trends. The UI design intern will work closely with Hola Cultura staff and other interns to create the user interface including a special issue landing page and featuring maps, videos, articles and other original content.

We seek an undergraduate or graduate student intern, who understands that the Internet is changing all aspects of storytelling—from our personal and professional communications to how the daily news gets reported and nonprofits rally their supporters. Experience embedding video and other content into GIS maps and building beautiful and impactful Wordpress pages is required, along with a creative spirit.

This internship has a 12 hour/week commitment through August 7, 2015 and comes with a $1000 stipend for the summer. The deadline is Friday, June 26th.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume + up to three examples of your work to:

Christine MacDonald
Managing Editor
Hola Cultura
Via e-mail: holacultura@gmail.com


National Geographic Magazine International Editions Internship

This National Geographic Magazine International Editions internship is regarded as an opportunity to learn and gain valuable exposure to related businesses within National Geographic. It provides guidance and professional experience in magazine publishing and international publishing. The NGM-International Editions internship will aid in the development and production of the local international versions of National Geographic Magazine. 
The NGM-IE intern will work closely with the department’s Multimedia Editor and Production Specialist in learning how to provide quality control translation reviews, manage locally created material, research for local features, understand details of NGM photo contracts, and also assist with various editorial tasks. Interns will gain an understanding of the way the photo, design, and editorial departments work together to produce the magazine and learn how the production process works. The applicant should be prepared to analyze copy, identify core facts, verify information, contact expert consultants via email and phone, and manage schedules to meet deadlines.

  1. Editorial & Research Skills: Assist with creation and researching of in-depth explanations of NGM English language texts to provide to 40 language editions to assist in translations. Assist in researching archival images and corresponding documentation to determine current publication status for local-language publications. (30%) 
  2. Translation Review: Assist with liaising between freelance translators, for managing the quality control process for text. Assist with tracking translations and resulting `reviews' from translators. (20%)
  3. Writing and Design Skills: Based on skill level and desire, there may be the opportunity to assist with creation of layout and text for publication in local-language editions. (20%)
  4. Management Skills: Maintaining staff contact lists on intranet site, distribution and recording of print copies of the local-language editions, as invoices, and assisting with recording local-language content in system database. (20%)
  5. Communication Skills: Learn how to operate effectively in a professional office environment by attending meetings, corresponding with external partners and consultants. (10%)

Minimum Education Required
Applicant should be college junior, senior or graduate student pursuing a degree in journalism/English, Geography or Linguistics preferred.  Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. 

Knowledge and Skills Required
Knowledge of Microsoft Office package (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) mandatory.  Fluency in a foreign language a plus.

Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

Apply here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Internship Opportunity

The City of Bowie is seeking an individual to assist with a variety of GIS assignments and other duties as assigned, throughout the summer with the potential for additional work in the fall.  The scope of work will be supporting a mix of data integration and maintenance, web, and mobile GIS projects.

The intern will be provided minimal supervision by the Director of Information Technology and will report directly to the GIS Specialist.  Hours are projected at 30-37.5 hours dependent on work load over the course of the year.  This internship will include primarily office assignments with some field work utilizing tablets and GPS units as needed.

This position is for approximately for 15 weeks.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Update, create, edit and retrieve information from spatial databases.
* Enter data into GIS through digitizing scanned drawings or conversion of other sources. This includes digitizing civil engineering and architectural drawings, interpret and enter geographic data.
* Analyze geographic relationships among varying types of data.
* Experience using Microsoft Office suite of software such as Word, Excel and Access.
* Operate and assist in the maintenance of GIS system hardware, software, plotter and other related equipment.
* Develop, design and update spatial datasets for integration with current system from various disparate sources.
* Assist with developing solutions for updating, database maintenance and collection using ArcGIS online and feature services to integrate into current established workflows.
* Contribute to documentation of workflows and updating of metadata on new data layers.
* Produce maps as requested.
* Some field work may be required to assist with GPS data collection, ability to QA/QC.
* Provides preliminary troubleshooting with ESRI software users.
* Ability to work independently and accomplish assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
* Familiarity with Department of Public Works' workflows and infrastructure is a plus.
For more information go to: http://cityofbowie.org/jobs.aspx

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The next generation of UMD alumni needs your advice

Thank you for being a Terp Alumni! Our Terp network is known for their generosity,
so if you are looking for a low time-commitment way to give back, consider serving
as a UMD Alumni Network Advisor. The Advisors share information about their
career path, organization culture, as well as have the option to give resume/
interviewing advice. Go to www.umd.evisors.com and follow the directions on the
screen to sign up. UMD alumni can register to serve as Advisors in as little as 3
minutes, if they have a LinkedIn account. Click here to learn how it works!Alumni are waiting to talk with YOU!

 Make the most of your Summer by connecting with professionals in your field of interest.

There are 700+ alumni available to help you learn about your field(s) of interest, review your resume, or conduct a mock interview in the brand new UMD Alumni Advisor NetworkGeographical Sciences Students, check out this sample list of alumni ready to connect with you in the UMD Alumni Advisor Network.
           - Associate at Vantage Point Economic and Transportation Development Strategies
           - Associate Software Engineer, General Dynamics
           - Commute Alternatives Program Coordinator, Apple Inc.
           - Consultant in energy efficiency, sustainability strategy, entrepreneurship (Fresh Coast Capital, Co-Founder)
           - Director of Science and Engineering, for Anne Arundel County
           - Operations Officer II (Office of the Director, BCDOT)
           - Project Analyst at Offices of the County Executive, Montgomery County, MD
           - Over 1000 more in over 30 different fields

·         Search - Find alumni you’d like to connect with based on their organization, industry, or job function.
·         Select - Pick an alum you’d like to consult with based on their profile, availability, and feedback.
·         Connect - Meet via phone or email for a career conversation, mock interview, or resume critique.

Sign in with your UMD email address (it takes less than two minutes).

Review these guidelines and tips to make the most of this amazing opportunity! Questions? Contact Crystal Sehlke, Program Director at the University Career Center @ BSOS, at csehlke@umd.edu or 301-314-7241. This tremendous opportunity to connect with alumni in your field of interest is offered by the Alumni Association and the University Career Center & The President’s Promise.

Notes: No personal phone numbers or emails are exchanged unless it is agreeable to do so during your meeting. You will see “credits/consultation” numbers by the services offered by the Advisors. Disregard this number, as this is an Evisors feature UMD is not using.

The U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Geographic Science Center is recruiting for a Student Trainee (Physical Scientist) to join the Chesapeake Bay Program’s GIS Team. The full announcement is available at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/406143900. Although listed as part time (24-32 hours per week) full time is possible depending on the interest and availability of the successful candidate.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Undergraduate Student of the Month: Nicholas John

Full Name: Nicholas Anthony John
1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
I am majoring in GIS and working on a minor in The Remote Sensing of Environmental Change, as well as a minor in Sustainability Studies.
2) What are your interests within your program(s)?
Within my GIS program I am interested in mapping populations among other data sets, and I am very interested in using programming, mobile and web technology to enhance GIS work. Within my remote sensing studies I am interested in using satellite derived data with mobile and web technology. In my sustainability studies I am interested in the sustainability issues and how my actions pertain to them.
3) What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
Previously I have interned with the campus arboretum to survey native and invasive plant species on campus property. Additionally, I worked as a Student System Administrator with the University of Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) for a few years.

1) Where you are interning?
I am currently interning at NOAA with the Office of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division. Additionally, I am interning at a Latino arts and culture nonprofit called Hola Cultura.
2) What are your internship responsibilities?
At NOAA I am responsible for creating digital polygon Areas of Interest(AOI) for documents within a DREG database to aid in better visualization of work areas. Additionally, at Hola Cultura I am responsible for gathering historical population data for Washington DC and then creating maps based on the respective data.
3) What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
The Marine Chart Division of the NOAA Office of Coast Survey is making an effort to improve visualization of spatial areas that are worked on. The goal is to create visualizations that will serve as a reference and thus improve work productivity. Hola Cultura is working on a special summer project that focuses on investigating where Washington DC’s Latino community has lived over the past few decades and how affordable housing has impacted settlement patterns.
4) How is the internship experience relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences?
My NOAA internship experience is relevant to my studies in Geographical Sciences because it allows me to see how the information and skills that I have learned in my classes are used in the real world. My internship experience at NOAA is not only validating what I have learned in my studies, but it is introducing me to new tools and workflows that will improve my knowledge in the Geographical Sciences and enhance my productivity. My internship experience at Hola Cultura also allows me to use the skills that I have learned in my studies. Furthermore, my internship experience at Hola Cultura allows me to learn and utilize web GIS skills which are important to me, and will be useful in my future studies in Geographical Sciences.
5) What are your career goals after your graduate?
If God is willing, after I graduate I would like to work in the Federal Government, at NOAA, and in a GIS capacity. Additionally, I would like to attend graduate school and further my knowledge of Geographical Sciences; I especially would like to greatly improve my statistical and programming skills in general and as they pertain to mobile and web development.