As a Geography or GIS major, your path may be focused on a specific career, or you may feel you have a wide array of professional options. Either way, an internship can be an important piece in the career planning puzzle. Through an internship, you can see what a ‘day in the life’ actually is, you can network with professionals, and essentially test-drive a job you might want upon graduation.
Let’s take a look at some Geography + GIS related internship resources:
The Geography department at UW maintains a great Internship FAQ, which lists organizations that previous UW Geography students have interned with, as well as information about internship credit.
The American Association of Geographers is a good resource for researching internships and opportunities across the country. For GIS specifically, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association has postings for internships, careers, and occupational information. Plus, a professional association website can serve as an excellent and informative networking resource.
This is not an exhaustive list of internship resources, but it should be a good start. Beyond looking at specific websites, use your network of advisers, faculty, family members, student groups, and recent alumni to explore internship possibilities. Reach out to UW Geography alumni on LinkedIn! Also, the Career & Internship Center provides workshops on how to find an internship, or the ability to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor to talk about internship strategies.
Just remember, an internship can open up new possibilities and experiences that you might not have considered, and allow you a first-hand look into a future career.