Mapping and Data Internship: Winter 2012


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We are looking for a mapping and data intern to join our team this winter. This internship will focus on designing maps in TileMill and researching, cleaning, and processing large data sets. All of this work will be tightly integrated into our data projects, and your work will help some of the incredible organizations we partner with.

Over the past three months, our projects have ranged from mapping disaster risk and vulnerability in the Pacific Rim to documenting the famine in the Horn of Africa. In addition to our international development work, we work on data projects domestically. We recently worked with NPR to map Latino population changes between the 2000 and 2010 census and launched the Opportunity Index to visualize socioeconomic data across the United States.

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Wrapping up a TileMill feature request meeting in early November with the Development Seed production team.

Our focus this winter will be similar as we expand our work with international development and humanitarian relief organizations, as well as gear up for mapping the U.S. 2012 elections.

We’re looking for a student (who is taking classes at night) or a recent graduate who is excited about GIS, data visualizations, and international aid and wants to learn first hand ways that technology can help solve real-world problems. The organizations we partner with rely on accurate and well presented data to conduct the critical work they do every day. This internship provides a great opportunity for the right candidate to participate in generating real products that will be used in decision making on the ground. Over the course of the winter, the intern will gain experience in applied GIS and data work, designing maps using TileMill, project management, and research.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Design maps using TileMill Read about the latest 0.7 release.
  • Clean and process large data sets
  • Research GIS and demographic data
  • Strategize visualization options for projects
  • Write short briefs on development situations and the availability of geospatial data for select countries

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is excited about GIS and geospatial data visualization. A significant background in GIS is not required. We are looking for someone who grasps the basics and willing to work with us to learn more.
  • Has an eye for beautiful maps.
  • Is creative, resourceful, and able to take ownership over tasks assigned to them.
  • Has an understanding of the situations in which international development or humanitarian relief groups work.
  • Wants to work closely with a passionate team to build amazing tools.
  • Likes a fierce game of foosball.

How to apply

Email [email protected] with the following information:

  • A map made with TileMill and a few details about what you are trying to communicate with it, where the data is from, and why you chose it.
  • A brief note about yourself.
  • Your resume.

This position is full time and located in Washington, DC. There will be a competitive monthly stipend.

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