Internship/Job Opportunities

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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.

GIS Student Intern - Transformation Research & Analysis Team

GIS Student Intern - Transformation Research & Analysis Team

Organization Name:GVSU Sustainability Office

Hours per Week:24

*Wage/Salary:$12 hourly

*Job Description: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 invites applications for a GIS internship position. The selected applicant will work in the Parks, Cemetery and Forestry Data Management Area.

LOCATION: City of Grand Rapids

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.


If you decide to pursue this opportunity as a credit-bearing internship, you will need to get approval from your academic department prior to the start of the academic semester in which you wish to register for the internship.

Qualifications:Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in 6 or more credits.
Preference will be given to individuals who have taken college courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and who have experience with ArcGIS Desktop software.

*How to Apply:Please send a cover letter and resume to Joe Sulak, and cc Sharon Munski

MDOT Internship

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Statewide Model Unit currently has three openings for three students.


Link to job description details:


Sort by department (Transportation) and look for this job listing…Student Assistant - Statewide Model Unit.

General Description:


Provide assistance to professional transportation planners in meeting the responsibilities of the Statewide and Urban Travel Analysis (SUTA) Section.  This includes a variety of tasks related to travel trend analysis, present and future travel forecasts, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications, travel demand modeling applications, collection and analysis of socioeconomic and land use data, and development of documentation and presentation materials.  Persons in this position assist senior staff with the provision of data for determining transportation needs required by federal regulations for Michigan and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), long-range plans, regional plans, MPO and State Transportation Improvement Programs, transportation performance measures, and air quality conformity analysis required by the Clean Air Act Amendment. 

Please see the position description for a more detailed review of student duties and the position closure date.

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,

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.

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

Cannon Township Zoning Administrator


Cannon Township is a growing residential community north of Grand Rapids. Its rolling hills, lakes and rivers, tree-lined roads, and abundant public and private recreational amenities make the Township an attractive and highly desirable place to live. The Township is seeking an experienced full-time zoning administrator who possesses the ability to balance enforcement to ensure the continued high quality development with a positive, customer-friendly attitude.


Successful candidates will have:

  • High school graduation; associates degree or higher preferred
  • Three (3) to five (5) years experience in local zoning administration
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license o Knowledge of the structure, policies, and regulations of municipal government

Skills & Abilities 

  • Customer-friendly, service-oriented, diplomatic
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Detail oriented o Ability to work independently
  • Be proactive
  • Proficient with Microsoft Windows/Office Word and Excel, the Internet, and GIS mapping software

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Review plans and applications
  • Respond to public inquiries
  • Maintain files
  • Serve as secretary to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Update forms
  • Perform inspections
  • Enforce zoning regulations
  • Coordinate Township watershed management program

Cannon Township is an equal opportunity employer, offering an excellent wage and benefits package, great working conditions, and the opportunity to be professionally challenged and grow. Wages will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Submit resume and a cover letter to:

Holland Board of Public Works: GIS Internship

GIS Intern

Reports to: Superintendent of Water/Wastewater Services

Job Summary: This position is responsible for updating information within the BPW's GIS databases under the supervision of the GIS Analyst and the Superintendent of Water/Wastewater Services.

Essential Duties

  • Update infrastructure data in GIS by interpreting as-built data, service cards, or other verbal/written input.
  • Utilize ArcGIS Pro/Desktop to update geometry and attribute data.
  • Independently problem solve and research known solutions.
  • Analyze GIS data to generate reports, metrics, and maps to show progress of maintenance and capital projects.
  • Develop easy to interpret maps of utility infrastructure for use internally and externally.
  • Provide utility GIS information in various formats as requested by end users - internal and external.
  • Collect accurate field data following safety requirements and data collection procedures.
  • Perform all other tasks assigned.

Essential Qualifications

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Geography, Engineering, Computer Science, Surveying, Urban Planning, or related field.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with various levels of organizational personnel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with ESRI's ArcGIS Pro/Desktop application.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment with minimum discomfort due to noise, dirt and dust.
  • Mental ability to frequently handle pressures related to working on projects requiring attention to detail, and the simultaneous management of multiple projects. 

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties assigned or required of this position. 

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Principal Environmental Planner


Coordinates and develops policy on environmental planning; provides comprehensive planning assistance for City neighborhoods relative to environmental planning; ties environmental planning goals to zoning and land use regulations, conducts development and design reviews; encourages citizen participation in environmental planning; serves as information liaison between City government and the community.

Agency: City of Pittsburgh

Address: 414 Grant Street, Room 431, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15219.

Phone: 412-255-2710


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is currently looking for enthusiastic individuals to join their team in a variety of positions, including full-time, part-time, seasonal positions and internships.

Please visit for more information. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2019-2020 has opened their application. This program has a variety of opportunities. If interested, please fill out this form, and contact the GVSU Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at 

Open To

  • Graduating seniors
  • Recent graduates
  • Early career professionals
    • Including creative and performing arts/musicians


  • US citizen by the application deadline
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent by start of grant 


  • English Teaching Assistant (ETA)
  • Graduate Study Program
  • Independent Research/Study
  • Arts/Creative
  • Other/Unsure


  • Study/Research Grant
    • 950+ Awards
    • ~140 Countries
    • Fully funded graduate degrees
    • Conduct independent study or creative/arts projects abroad 
  • English Teaching Assistantship
    • 1200+ Awards
    • ~75 Countries
    • Help teach English/U.S. culture in a classroom abroad for 8-10 months


  • Campus deadline: August 31, 2018
  • National deadline: October 9, 2018

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