Updated April 30th, 2017

Below is a regularly updated list of GIS internships, jobs, and opportunities that we have come across through listservs and word of mouth. Feel free to contact us with any questions about these positions or getting a GIS job in general!

Summer Internship Openings for Undergraduates

  • Geospatial Big Data Internship
    • Verisk Analytics, Lexington, MA
    • Requirements: BS/MS in progress or awarded in physical science, engineering, computer science, or related field, analytical problem solving skills, GIS skills, programming (Matlab/R/Python), excellent communication skills
  • Develop Springfield Praxis Opportunity
    • Interest in urban planning, economic/ community development, or GIS
    • Internships are tailored to student’s interests and skills
    • Contact Danielle McKahn at for more information
  • Conservation International Internships
    • Arlington, VA
    • Multiple internships available within the science division including: Geographic Information Systems Intern, Geographic Priority Setting Intern, Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing and Degazettement Intern, Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring data intern
  • American Geographical Society Scholar- Internship Program
    • Brooklyn Heights, NY
    • 15-week internship, 35 hours per week
    • Skills required: 3.2 GPA, interest in spreading geographical awareness
    • Apply by May 8th, 2017
  • Policy Map Intern
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Skills required: ArcGIS, Excel, SQL and/or MS Access, or other relational databases
  • GIS Intern- Water Pollution Control Authority
    • City of Norwalk, CT
    • Skills required: bachelor’s or pursuit of a bachelor’s in geography, engineering, or other technical fields, ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap, Catalog, Toolbox)
  • Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Intern
    • June-August internship located in Chittenden County, Vermont
    • Skills required: basic computer skills, knowledge of traffic engineering, planning concepts, GIS, and GPS is preferred
  • 2017 Dangermond Fellow
    • Summer internship, followed by part-time remote work during the 2017-18 school year
    • Esri & National Audubon Society, Redlands, CA, New York City, and an Audubon field location
    • Skills required: sophomore or junior standing, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online
  • NASA GIS Intern
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    • Skills required: Background in ArcGIS software, knowledge of ArcPy is a plus
  • Data management for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    • Skills required: interest in data science & UAS (drones)

Post-graduation GIS Jobs 

  • GIS Database Specialist 
    • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Albany, NY
    • Skills required: 1-3 years of experience with GIS, bachelor’s degree in geography or related field, experience with ESRI software suite
    • Apply by May 5th, 2017
  • Entry- Level GIS Mapping Specialist
    • LandWorks, Inc. Houston, TX
    • Requirements: bachelor’s degree in geography or related field, knowledge of basic land principles and property descriptions a plus
  • Research & Instructional Technology Specialist- GIS
    • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
    • Skills required: bachelor’s degree and three  years of related professional experience, experience with ArcGIS, basic data analysis skills, Excel, ability to teach faculty and students
  • GIS Specialist for Land and Soil Management
    • Winrock International and USAID Agriculture Education and Market Improvement Program
    • Skills required: minimum bachelor’s in geography or related field, experience using GPS/ GIS, developing coursework, charging/costing for modern mapping techniques
  • Temporary Project Specialist
    • Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), Avery Point, CT
    • Skills required: GIS experience, Bachelor’s degree in marine, environmental, or earth science, or engineering

Smith students who work in the GIS lab (Spatial Analysis Lab) will qualify for a number of the available jobs, more depending on the amount of experience and other qualifications (coding abilities, statistics experience, etc). Even if you’ve only taken one class using GIS at Smith feel free to check out the entry-level positions for graduates and internships for current students!

The following GIS job databases are kept up-to-date and, while you’ll see some posting overlap between sites, each has a unique geographic area or sort of GIS job it posts openings for. Definitely check out GIS Jobs Clearinghouse as a starting point, and make sure to check MyGISJobs for exciting specialized openings that you may not yet qualify for, like at the UN or CIA and so on.


Browse current GIS job postings

Alumnae Connections

  • April 2015 – Summer Volunteer Internship Opportunities, from Alum, Hanh Chu, Emissions Data Analyst at Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
    “If you have any students who would like to apply their GIS skills in a professional work setting, please send them our way.  My agency is accepting applications for volunteer internships this summer and throughout the year.  Attached is the generic internship description.  Generally, students get more details of projects once they are placed with a specific group at EOEEA.  My program at EOEEA, Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) implementation, is looking for summer and fall semester interns to re-conceptualize and redesign our GWSA dashboard website (, but I hear that other programs in my agency are always looking for interns to help with tasks in ArcGIS.  Unpaid internships are always hard on students, but perhaps they can get Praxis funding.  We get a lot of Boston-area students, but it would be great to see Smithies in the office.”

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