Monday, May 23, 2011

Finding Geography Programs

We encourage our geography majors to pursue graduate education in the field. From Matt Rosenberg's Selecting a Geography Program article we learned of a handy resource for finding such programs worldwide. Austrian Professor Klaus Förster maintains a searchable database of hundreds of programs in several dozen countries.

Happy browsing!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Financial Support for Unpaid Internships

The BSU Foundation has generously provided funding to assist students in completing unpaid credit bearing internships.  Three awards of $2,000 each are available to qualifying juniors and seniors in the College of Science and Mathematics who secure and complete their internships during summer or fall 2011. Click here for full details, including deadlines and application packet.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Town of Chatham GIS Internship

Provided by Dr. Hellstrom:

Summer/Fall Semester 2011

Internship Contacts:    Paul Lagg, GIS Coordinator, Town of Chatham
                                    549 Main Street Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-5168

Internship Summary:
The major focus of this internship will be to evaluate and improve the organizational structure of Chatham’s GIS database. Intern will be required to submit a plan to re-organize the current database to improve ease of use, streamline workflow and increase data sharing among town staff. Intern will then implement plan with the assistance/supervision of the GIS Coordinator. In addition, the internship will involve the following duties:

  • Create/edit new and existing data layers
  • Create “meta data” for new/existing data layers
  • Fieldwork utilizing Trimble GPS and Tablet PC (training will be provided)
  • Scan/link documents to GIS using web-based document manager software

Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop 9.x and/or ArcMap10, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox and Microsoft Excel. Internship will require both fieldwork and office work.

Note: This is an unpaid internship. However, successful candidates will gain exposure to a wide range of land management issues including coastal resources management, infrastructure maintenance, planning and zoning. Candidate will also gain exposure to a plethora of data types and software used in the professional sphere of GIS these include: shapefiles, geodatabases, aerial photography, site plans and other relational databases. ArcGIS, Terrasync, Pathfinder Office, PeopleForms and MapsOnline.

This internship is geared toward candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a career in GIS/Land Use Management. All work performed will be expected to meet a high degree of accuracy.