GIS and Planning summer interships available at the Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest is looking for two highly qualified undergraduate interns for an 11-week paid summer internship.  The students will use GIS or regional planning skills to help us understand how to balance land conservation, development, agriculture, and economic interests in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.  Beginner GIS skills are OK as long as the student is very interested in learning GIS, spatial analysis, and cartography and has an interest in land conservation.

The application deadline is Feb 1, 2019.

The interns will work with researchers at the Harvard Forest mosty but also interact with leaders of the Kestrel Land Trust and regional planners.

Position 1) Conservation GIS Intern: This position will be focused on using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide insights on the region’s conservation history, recent landcover changes, population and potential future changes, and–working with experts–help identify areas most suitable for forests, farms, and responsible development. Applicants should be interested in land protection and have experience with, or have a strong motivation to learn, GIS and have good analytic skills.

Position 2) Regional Planning Intern: This position will focus on using planning documents from community to regional scales and social, demographic and economic data to summarize existing frameworks for action and to provide detailed characterization of the Connecticut River Valley’s economic, demographic, and cultural variation. The student will be involved in developing a coordinated regional plan in collaboration with mentors and NGO partners. Applicants should have experience or coursework in regional planning, and an interest in land protection, agriculture, and urban issues

May 27 to August 9, 2019

Located in Petersham, MA

11-week residential program

for undergraduates only

$5775 stipend plus travel

Full room & board and meal plan

Apply online by Feb 1, 2019 

People from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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For more information, contact:
Brian Hall