Azavea’s annual Summer of Maps fellowship program is about to open its submission process again. Summer of Maps is a program that provides $5,000 stipends to GIS students to work as GIS analysts on pro bono geospatial projects for non-profits for a three month period over the summer of 2015.
The first submission period from January 5 to February 8 is open to submit organization submissions. Non-profits from around the United States are invited to submit an application. The second submission phase from February 27 – March is for current GIS students to submit an application to be considered for the summer opportunity. Selected fellows will be announced May 1st to begin working on select GIS projects at the Philadelphia, PA office on a GIS project for one of the selected non-profits (more details about eligibility requirements for both organizations and fellows are here).
Last year, three fellows were selected for the Summer of Maps GIS program. These students from students from Clark University, the University of Pennsylvania and Colgate University worked on GIS projects for DataHaven in New Haven, the Philadelphia Community Design Collaborative, GirlStart in Central Texas, New York City’s City Harvest, TreePeople in Los Angeles, and The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation in Philadelphia. The work produced by the Summer of Maps fellows not only provides hands-on analytical and geospatial data management skills but also benefits the organizations participating in the program. From Azavea:
The results of these projects have enabled these organizations to make strong cases in favor of the causes for which they advocate or enabled them to make strategic decisions to service the communities they serve. In 2013, DVAEYC, one of the non-profit organizations we worked with, used maps produced by one of the fellows to win $ 1 million in new funding from the Philadelphia City Council and the William Penn Foundation.
More detail about the projects worked on during the summer of 2014 can be found on the Summer of Maps project page. Jenna Glat, one of the 2014 had this to say about her experience:
“Coming into Azavea’s Summer of Maps fellowship with only 1.5 semesters of GIS under my belt, I was definitely intimidated, but I quickly learned that any driven and motivated GIS student can be successful through the amazing guidance of the Azavea mentors, who helped me to improve my skill set and undoubtedly prepared me for my future job opportunities, on both the technological and project management side of the job.”
From June to August 2015, the winning non-profit organizations will be able to:
• Receive pro bono services from a skilled student GIS analyst to geographically analyze their data
• Visualize their data in new ways
• Combine their data with other demographic and geographic data
• Receive high quality maps and visualizations that can be used to support new initiatives or make a case to prospective funders
The fellows will:
• Work on a spatial analysis project that supports the social mission of two non-profit organizations
• Work with Azavea mentors to improve their GIS and project management skills
• Receive a monthly stipend
• Gain work experience implementing real-world GIS projects
For more information and to submit an application visit: http://www.summerofmaps.com.