Internship/Job Opportunities

GVSU Career Center

For information on what an internship is, where you can find one and how to receive credit for it, please check out the GVSU Career Center.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council - REGIS Programming/GIS Paid Internship

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is looking for an intern to help maintain and program Internet mapping applications for desktop browsers and mobile devices in support of the Regional GIS (REGIS) as well as other internal GVMC departments.  Applicants should have programming experience and aptitude.  Candidates in the final year of a bachelor’s degree are preferred. Experience in: C#, VB, and Java script is required.  Individual may also be called upon to perform other GIS related tasks, such as data entry and analysis. 

This is a paid internship and available immediately with a possible conversion to full-time.  Interested applicants should immediately send their resumes and queries to GVMC’s Human Resource Director Gayle McCrath,

GIS Intern Position: Transformation Research & Analysis Team

BACKGROUND: The Transformation Research & Analysis Team is the result of a partnership between the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University’s Office of Sustainability Practices. The Grand Rapids Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department invite applications for a GIS internship position. The selected applicant will work in the Parks, Cemetery and Forestry Data Management Area. There will be one internship position open for Summer & Fall Semester 2017. This is a 24 hour per week position, and the pay rate is $12 per hour.
Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma and be enrolled in college to earn credit. Preference will be given to individuals who have taken college courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and who have experience with ArcGIS Desktop software.
Projects: Under the supervision of the Parks Superintendent, students will work in the field with a GPS unit and laptop to gather and update Forest Canopy data throughout the City. Specifically, Street, Park & Cemetery trees will be assessed to assist City Staff in creating a robust asset management plan and ensure data integrity throughout the City’s Park System. You will not only gain experience gathering data, you will learn how to check-out data, post-process data and you will learn how to create maps from the data that is created.
Duties: Responsibilities include collecting, verifying, and digitizing or scanning point and polygon data related to Park, Cemetery and street trees within the City of Grand Rapids. A key component of the work will be the documentation of all work processes including input of appropriate metadata for data collected. Additional duties might include crosschecking information for accuracy; entering and editing information into a GIS or database system.
The selected applicant will be introduced to a real-world GIS operation utilizing the latest ESRI’s GIS technology. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about GIS in Michigan; the creation, maintenance, and use of large-scale database/GIS projects; and offer invaluable experience necessary for employment.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Joe Sulak and copy Sharon Munski

Planning Consultant

Company Profile: Successful consultancy expanding into new local government
communities and in need of support to provide professional planning and zoning
consultation to townships, cities, villages and private individuals.
Position: Associate
Type: Part-time, as needed, independent contractor (1099)
Experience: Minimum of one (1) year in local government community planning and zoning.
Education: Bachelor's in Public Administration, Urban Planning or related field is preferred.
Familiarity with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, Michigan Planning Enabling Act,
Michigan Condominium Act, Michigan Land Division Act and other related local
government acts is preferred.
Description: The ideal associate will provide support to townships and other local
government communities by assisting Planning Commissions, Zoning Board of Appeals and
other Boards, as assigned, through application review, related analysis and
recommendation. Must be able to attend evening meetings. Candidate shall be available
by phone and email during normal business hours of assigned clients in order to provide
various support to the township or other governmental agency. High quality of service is
imperative. Potential for additional responsibilities and professional career growth as
company grows. Must possess personal computer, tablet or other device compatible with
Microsoft Office and capable of drafting numerous documents in a reasonable time.
Compensation: Hourly pay rate commensurate with experience. Position provides for a
flexible work opportunity. No office presence is required and the work is independently
mobile. Mileage reimbursement provided. Currently, no other benefits are offered.
To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to: Gregory L. Ransford, MPA at Open until filled.

Internship with The Climate Reality Project

Climate Reality Program

The application can be found HERE. It takes about 10 seconds to fill out.

Climate Reality Project is an international non-profit founded by former Vice President Al Gore. This Fall we are working to get college campuses to commit to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.  More information about the campaign can be found here.

This is a great chance for undergraduates who are: passionate about climate change, interested in working with other students across the country, or individuals who want to sharpen their leadership skills. The internship focuses on providing trainings that solidify transferable skills, connecting students to a national support network, and provides experience in hands-on nonprofit management.

Global Mapping Strategies

Global Mapping Strategies is in need of a new associate.    

In addition to GIS mapping skills, any of the experience below would be very helpful:
• Intermediate SQL (joins, unions, grouping, expressions, etc.)
• Internet Data Extraction experience
• Visual Basic and/or Python experience
• Experience with any GIS/CAD programs
• Internet savvy finding international data resources
• Intermediate Excel and Access skills along with reporting solutions

GMS is a nimble and fast growing firm with lots of opportunity.  We help clients turn data into useful information by linking digital maps to their databases of customers, competitors and demographics.

We have opportunities for people beginning their careers and those considering a change in their career. GMS has work opportunities in Dearborn and Harper Woods.


Michael Clow
GMS Business Manager

GoEco Internship

Go Eco Internship

MI Department of Transportation GIS Internship

The primary duty of this position is to support and assist with various GIS tasks in support of the Transportation Asset Management System (TAMS) project.  These duties will range from data review and analysis to editing of MDOT business data into the new TAMS system.  Preparing data for mapping, reporting and general summaries will be required.  This position will be supporting efforts within TAMS including: Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), Linear Referencing System (LRS) editing, metadata creation and maintenance and general testing of the system.

This position will also be supporting other programs such as the Road Asset Inventory (RAI) which will include some field work using mobile GIS technology.  Supporting MDOT's deployment of ArcGIS Online (AGO) technology and general support and mapping for the Act51 program would also be included.  Updating the GIS SharePoint web page is also a responsibility. 

This is a paid internship. Apply here if you are interested. 

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