High School GIS Internship Program

Example of map produced with GIS.

Example of the type of analysis possible with
the GIS tools the interns use.

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland are proud to once again offer a six-week summer internship program for high school students in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

GIS is an integrated set of computer hardware and software that help people visualize, analyze and understand spatial relationships. Geographic Information Systems range from very simple to extremely complex, and are used by professionals, researchers, and students, all over the world in a wide range of fields.

GIS training provides students a unique resource as they prepare for their academic futures and is a highly marketable skill for the workforce. This internship gives high school students valuable research experience and an opportunity to work with faculty and staff at one of the nation’s foremost urban policy institutions.

Student interns will work under the supervision of University faculty to conduct a community audit of a local community. They will be trained in field study protocols and learn how to apply GIS techniques to analytical mapmaking, and basic spatial analysis. Interns will present the results of their work to the local community.

To apply: Send a letter of interest to Chelsie Miller by 5:00 PM EDT on Friday June 6, 2014.

Summer 2014 Program

Application Deadline
   5:00 PM EDT on Friday, June 6, 2014
Decision Notification
   Friday, June 13, 2014
Program Begin Date
   Monday, June 23, 2014
Program End Date
   Friday, August 1, 2014 (6 weeks)*
Hours Commitment
   20 hours per week*
   This internship is unpaid. Lunch is not included.

* Opportunities for additional hours may be available.

Chelsie Miller