Course credit for internships

Course credit for internships

Students who are interested in obtaining credit for internships should first secure an internship with a provider. Once confirmed, contact Dr. Hudak, for permission to register for GEOG 4920/5900.

You will be required to compile a portfolio during the course of your internship and provide a letter of assessment from the internship provider. Both will be used to determine a "grade" for the course.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GIS Technician, City of Frisco

Location :Frisco TX US 75034
Division :Information Technology
Job Code :PC# 181
% of Travel Required :None
Job Type :Full Time with Benefits
Career Level :Entry Level
Education :Bachelor's Degree
Category :Information Technology
Compensation :From 22.90 To 27.48 USD Per Hour
Job Description :
Summary: Under general supervision of the Assistant Director of IT, the GIS Technician maintains a variety of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, documentation and map layers.  Inputs geographic data from a variety of sources and produces high quality outputs as needed.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this position. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Maintains a variety of GIS layers and databases including street, parcel, subdivision, and utility data while adhering to organizational quality standards.
  • Interprets and transfers data from source documents including digital and/or printed plats, record drawings, plans, profiles, and legal descriptions.
  • Locates and compiles data sources.
  • Collects field data using GPS.
  • Performs quality control for database maintenance; researches and corrects data issues.
  • Drafts special project exhibits as needed by various City departments and divisions.
  • Geocodes data files using GIS software.
  • Designs and develops a variety of map layers and databases for City-wide GIS operations.
  • Creates and maintains documentation for GIS feature classes, applications, and procedures
  • Assists in establishing data preparation standards and procedures to ensure data standardization and integrity and to optimize section productivity.
  • Creates and customizes existing program features using python scripting.
  • Recommends changes to GIS layers and software.
  • Operates and maintains data input/output devices.

Other Important Duties:
  • Travels to off-site meetings, conferences and training.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work hours is essential.
Job Requirements :
Required Knowledge and Skills:
  • Knowledge of the design, development, and manipulation of a GIS, Local and Wide Area Networks, Global Positioning Systems, databases and general office software.
  • Knowledge of input and drafting of existing field data from surveyors and engineers.
  • Knowledge of research and technical support techniques.
  • Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communications.
  • Skills in designing, developing, and maintaining documentation for GIS feature classes, applications, and procedures.
  • Skill in effectively managing multiple projects, assignments and duties.
  • Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • Bachelors Degree or Certification in GIS, Geography, Planning or related field; and two (2) years ArcGIS, SQL Server, Microsoft Office Products, Visual Basic and/or Python experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, criminal background check, MVR check and physical agility assessment.
  • Must possess State of Texas Drivers License.
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:
  • Work is performed in office and outdoor environments.
  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.
  • May be subject to walking over rough terrain, bending, reaching, or kneeling while collecting field data.
  • May be subject to exposure to extreme weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Equipment and Tools Utilized:
  • Equipment utilized includes personal computer, GPS, copier, calculator, fax machine, and other standard office equipment and department vehicles

GIS Analyst, North Texas Tollway Authority

The purpose of this position is to provide technical leadership to GIS users, provide project implementation services, provide GIS technical support services, coordinate project work for other departments, and perform troubleshooting on custom application issues.  Proven experience utilizing ArcGIS Desktop, Network Analyst, 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Server, and project management skills are desired.  Experience working with Asset Management System in conjunction with ArcGIS would be helpful. The individual should be self-motivated with a keen attention to detail and possess problem-solving skills.  Other duties include writing/testing scripts, guarantying quality assurance, writing project documentation, testing mobile applications, and developing custom web applications using ArcGIS Server.
  • Helps manage ArcSDE for SQL Server.
  • Creates custom web and mobile applications using ArcGIS Server.
  • Utilizes the Network Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions for specific projects.
  • Maintains ArcSDE feature classes and metadata.
  • Generates custom maps and reports in ArcMap.
  • Provides training and support to GIS end users.
  • Evaluates software that could be beneficial to GIS growth and productivity.
  • Assists in budget preparation by making recommendations for software, hardware, and services related to GIS.
  • Assists in emergency response/disaster recovery projects.


Provide technical leadership and support to GIS users.
Perform project implementation services.
Coordinate project work for other Departments.
Perform troubleshooting on custom application problems.
Utilize ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server to complete projects.
Project Management skills.

Work requires broad knowledge in a general profession or technical field.  Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Over three years up to and including five years.

Work requires functioning as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed, and includes overseeing work quality, training, instructing, and scheduling work.
Decisions regarding implementation of policies may be made. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations.
Advanced: Work requires advanced skills and knowledge of the ESRI software suite.
Intermediate - Work requires project management, delivering results across a timeline, within budget.

To apply

GIS Intern, First Choice Emergency Room

The GIS Intern’s primary role is to assist in Development’s implementation of the ongoing facility expansion plan as assigned. The incumbent will support the Development research framework including updating market plans, creating hospital coverage maps, and undertaking key drivers analysis.  The Intern will support Development partners (internal and external including brokers and developers) to facilitate the production of required reports, maps, and analysis as needed.  The successful applicant will liaise with the Marketing team and will support with market analysis, planning tools, and competitive research. The Intern will support other business units including Operations, Finance, and Human Resources as needs arise.  The Intern will leverage Adeptus’s suite of in-house and third-party software and data to complete requisite analysis as required.  The GIS Intern will undertake ad hoc analysis as needed, including supporting other business units across the enterprise.  The GIS Intern will perform job responsibilities in an environment of learning and will be expected to continue gaining new knowledge through participation in training and asking questions.
  • Leverage in-house and third-party GIS tools to produce standard and ad hoc analysis, reports, and maps.
  • Review databases to ensure accuracy and completeness before publishing results. 
  • Create printed bound packets to support real estate executives in market tours.
  • Update data layers in systems to update currency of information.
  • Undertake ad hoc requests as needed.
  • Undertake primary research the competitive and retailer landscape using the internet and by making direct telephone calls to include gaining facility-level knowledge of key metrics (open dates, exam rooms, etc.). 
  • Adhere to all company policies, procedures and business ethics codes.
  • Build trust, value others, communicate effectively, drive execution, foster innovation, focus on the customer, collaborate with others, solve problems creatively and demonstrate high integrity.
  • Continue to learn about new research and production methods and strategies by reading relevant books and periodicals, research, and independent thought.
  • Proactively establish and maintain effective working team relationships with all support departments.
  • Current pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in geography, business, healthcare or related field.
  • Working knowledge of GIS software (especially MapInfo) relational databases.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, Access, and Power Point.
  • Advanced knowledge of U.S. Census geography and data.
  • Demonstrated experience in business/marketing geography.
  • Developing understanding of customer and market dynamics and requirements.
  • Proven ability to achieve goals and exceed expectations.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Buxton - Spatial Analyst

As a member of the Analytics team, the Spatial Analyst is responsible for analysis, data visualization, quality control of statistical models, and standardization of all geo-spatial efforts. The analyst must use creativity, insight and technical expertise to help our customers derive actionable solutions. The analyst will be engaged in providing business analysis, maps, preparing demographic data, customer data and other geospatial enabled data into meaningful information that can provide insight for our users. This position offers a diverse range of responsibilities that affect real world decisions.


  • Basic data preparation
  • Perform basic and advanced processing tasks using MapInfo or ESRI
  • Perform map production tasks
  • Being able to understand, create and explain products created by the spatial analytics team.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as with a project team to complete tasks.
  • Strong communication skills, creative-thinking and problem solving abilities. 


  • BA/BS in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Natural Sciences, Planning or related program.
  • Proficiency in MapInfo software or Esri Arc GIS Software
  • Coursework in GIS, cartography, computer science, programming, and spatial analysis
  • Outstanding analytical skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point
  • Committed to client service, attention to detail, team-oriented.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks in a high volume, deadline-driven environment
  • Experience working with Alteryx and SQL are a plus