Internships

//www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/06/06/internships-still-worthwhile/Would you like to find an intern to help you accomplish some GIS or mapping related goals for your town, non-profit, or business? Are you looking for a GIS Internship in Vermont?

Internships are typically short-term traineeships that match a sponsor seeking to complete a limited project with an intern seeking training and job experience. Many of Vermont's colleges and universities offer students academic credit for internships, allowing the student to work at no cost to the sponsor during the academic year, in exchange for academic credit authorized by a faculty member. In some cases, paid internships may be available during the academic year or summer.

To facilitate the exchange of internship opportunities and interest, here are some tips and resources:

  • Read through the tips below and then post your internship proposal at the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse (link below)
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  • To Find an Internship Opportunity: Check the listing of VT GIS Internships posted at the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse. Browse via map or search by location (this will give you an alphabetical list of places; look under V for Vermont).

If you would like to talk with a professor about the possibilities, see the academic contact list below

Internship Development Tips For Hosts/Sponsors
  • The first thing to keep in mind is that you do not have to have every detail and formality worked out in order to seek an intern. Indeed, professors prefer to work with towns and organizations on the details of the internship so that they can ensure that it is of educational value to the student AND will satisfy the needs of the host/sponsor.
  • Identify all of the things you would like the intern to work on, or the final product you would like him or her to produce - talk to other people in your office to see if they would benefit from the intern's activities.
  • Consider the amount of time you would like the intern to work with you and what time of year
  • Determine whether you will be able to pay the intern (it's OK if you can't!)
  • Write a one paragraph description of your internship proposal that includes the elements above
Posting Your Internship Proposal
  • Go to the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse: http://www.gjc.org/
  • Click on "create" under the word "Accounts" on the top left of the page (you only have to do this the first time you post an internship or job)
  • Type your email address and make up a password you will remember, then click on "continue"
  • Click on "job"
  • Please note that this page points out that this is "not a free site" What they mean is that it costs money to maintain the site. You can choose to donate money to support the site or not. You don't have to in order to post job or internship listings.
  • Make sure to fill out the "location" field in the following way: Vermont, Town Name. This is Very Important! It allows seekers to search by state rather than town.
  • Title refers to the job title. You might simply say "intern" or you might be more descriptive: "field data collection intern" or "tree inventory intern"
  • Include all relevant contact information in the description
  • If you wish to include an email contact or link to a web page, use the following code around the info:

  • You may be contacted directly by faculty or career service staff at one of Vermont's colleges or universities since faculty often teach classes with"independent project" or "community service" components. In addition, faculty and career service staff are often directly involved in helping students find appropriate internships.
If You Are Contacted by a Student
  • Ask them who their professor is and when you can ALL meet together. It is important that the student, professor, and host/sponsor work together to define the internship. If the student is not involving a professor you can't really consider the job an internship and you should probably be paying them.
  • If another sort of academic staff person is working with the student to set up the internship, you should request that a professor be involved as well, since GIS internships require a fair amount of technical oversight.
Academic GIS Contacts in Vermont