Scholarships

Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

2018 NEGIS Application.pdf

2018 NEGIS Scholarship Description.pdf

Objective

The Northeast Geographic Information Society (NEGIS) Scholarship Program provides monetary support to qualified students who have secured a GIS internship as part of their path to a career in the field.

Program Description

The Scholarship Program offers a competitive stipend to one or more students committed to a 10-12 week GIS internship during summer or fall of 2018. Applicants will research and set up their own (paid or unpaid) internship. Students selected for the stipend must have a documented internship by June 30, 2018 and complete the internship by December 31, 2018.

This program is open to college juniors and seniors and graduate students currently enrolled or accepted in a GIS or related degree programs at accredited colleges or universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NEGIS will offer at least one $1,500 scholarship each year to a selected student with an approved internship. Finalists will be selected based on their completed application received by the January 8 deadline. The 2018 scholarship recipient(s) will be selected from the finalist based on interviews to be held in March.

Key Dates

  • Scholarship Application Due: January 8, 2018
  • Scholarship Award Finalists Notified: Feb 26, 2018
  • Scholarship Award Winner(s) Notified: April 2, 2018

Evaluation

Applicants will be evaluated based on (in order of importance):

  1. (1) Interview (finalists only)
  2. (2) Personal Statement (including discussion of leadership skills, volunteer and internship experience and GIS career plans)
  3. (3) Academic Record

Stipend Distribution

The first half of the stipend will be paid to the student after the organization providing the internship shares documentation with NEGIS of the intern’s responsibilities, ideally before the internship begins. The second half of the stipend payment will be made after (1) NEGIS has received confirmation from the organization providing the internship that the internship was completed successfully and (2) the intern provides a written summary of the work completed and reflections on what was learned (500 word maximum). NEGIS will invite and encourage recipients to speak about their experience at a NEGIS event, though this is not required.

NEGIS 2017 Scholarship Winner

Daniel Genest, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA

For the past 7 months I worked as an intern with the Applications division of the Brookline IT department. The IT Applications group oversees and maintains a variety of the town’s applications, which includes GIS.  During my tenure in Brookline, the town transitioned to a new municipal management software called Accela.  ArcGIS, a fundamental tool in managing Brookline’s daily operations, is fully integrated into Accela’s functionality.  I assisted in this transition by helping to establish a new enterprise geodatabase for the town’s data; updated the town’s library of maps that are used by both community members and policy makers; responded to user requests from both the town, as well as, external users of the town’s GIS data; and, I also developed a story map regarding Brookline’s local history.

NEGIS 2016 Scholarship Winner

Anha Miller, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Image of Ahna Miller

This past summer I worked with Driscolls Strawberry Associates, Inc headquartered in Watsonville, as the GIS Intern. As their intern, I served on the Atlas team- a project surrounding the creation of an enterprise geodatabase that is designed to feed data from the field to the office into the centralized database from which other boundary systems pull data from for analysis throughout the company. I helped design and build the enterprise system, worked as a geoliterate liaison between the ESRI professional services team and the Driscolls Team, tested geodatabase versions and field data collection methods, and trained users on intended use of arcGIS Online, Collector, and a customized web application solution. 

Ignite Education
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

By Adena Schutzberg

NEGIS Scholarship Winners Speak

As a preview to the September 29 NEGIS Lunch and Learn hosted by Esri, the two Negis 2016 scholarship recipients shared a bit about their summer internships.

Phillip Gomez and Ahna Miller with NEGIS' Helenmary Hotz.
Phillip Gomez and Ahna Miller with NEGIS’ Helenmary Hotz.

Ahna Miller, a Master’s student at Clark University, will be graduating in May 2017 with a degree in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment. Her internship with Driscoll’s, “the leader in fresh market berries” based in Watsonville, CA, focused on bringing the field into the office. The company is transitioning from using just a few desktop GIS seats to a true enterprise solution. The plan over the next year, is for the company to map all of its producing areas worldwide. Ahna and her team crafted tools to gather geographic data on the ranches, review them and load them into an enterprise database. The workflow included Collector for data collection, ArcGIS Online for data review and a custom ArcGIS Online app dubbed “Widget.” Ahna’s big takeaway related to change: “Change management is hard, but ultimately rewarding.” That said, with her participation in a successful pilot this summer and ongoing consulting work, Ahna has a line on an internship for the spring and, fingers crossed, beyond!

Phillip Gomez is a senior at Dartmouth College studying geography and government. He spent his summer in Waltham, MA as an intern with McKinsey & Company, “the trusted advisor and counselor to many of the world’s most influential businesses and institutions.” Phillip worked on a number of projects a geospatial analytics Intern. One involved evaluating geodata to support internal teams. The goal was to determine the “best” solution for obtaining sociodemographic and geomarketing data for Europe. He looked at public and private data and evaluated them based on granularity, vintage, geographies, attribute data, and cost. He also used Alteryx to find new doctors to fill positions at a client hospital, performed a competition analysis for a South American retailer, and supported the development of a region economic model for a developing country exploring the impact of a new railroad. Phillip noted that on several occasions he had to give himself a “crash course” in a new technology or area. He was pleased that his education thus far has taught him how to learn. That will take him far!

 

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