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A Creative Island Within Esri

By Guest Blogger Melanie, Story Maps Team Intern

Open Spaces, Open Collaboration

When I first stepped into the Washington, DC R&D Center, I was struck by the space. Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows opened up a magnificent panoramic view of the capital with a spotlight on the Washington Monument. I spent many moments throughout my summer observing the city’s pulse. “It’s so alive,” I thought as I watched cars crossing the Potomac River via 6 separate bridges, planes passing above on their way to/from Reagan International Airport, cyclists and people moving along the ground in a bustle, and of course the daily flock of kayakers, boaters, and paddle-boarders that floated around Theodore Roosevelt Island. This was a creative space.

I settled into my office in June. In the Story Maps team it was hard to tell who was “boss” and who was “intern.” I learned very quickly that there was no sense of “hierarchy” or “bureaucracy” here. We all worked together in a laissez-faire style. It felt strange at first, but I adapted easily and quickly learned that everyone was there to help me.

My experiences were clearly unique to those of the other Esri interns. Within my first week the office staff doubled, there was no receptionist, and I was surrounded by developers (many of them working on ArcGIS Open Data. Both story maps and open data projects tended to manage and organize themselves; they were very agile. I was the lone story maps intern, but I found company with two other interns who sat in the same open space, working for open data.

Although we were 3000 miles from headquarters, I oddly felt more connected to the GIS industry. Through my internship I was exposed to some very important people from Esri, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and many more. There were endless opportunities for me–I just had to take initiative.

UC from DC

Actual work started slowly, little tasks here and there. But then an opportunity was presented to me. I was responsible for my first big project: creating a story map journal demo for the Esri User Conference. I had less than a month to prepare a product that would be featured for 60 seconds at the Plenary in front of 16,000 attendees. It may have seemed like a small task within the bigger picture, but as an intern I felt a lot of pressure.

Leading up to the UC was a very hectic time for the entire office. There was a lot to prepare for and big product release deadlines to meet. But every single person had time to help me. I was constantly supported with positivity and detailed, constructive feedback. These were the kinds of peers I wanted, the types of people I didn’t want to disappoint.

My project evolved drastically over the course of the following weeks and I learned that Esri is constantly finding room for improvement. This is a dynamic company that was engineering before my eyes.

Although I was unable to attend the UC, I was able to engage remotely. Watching my demo, presented so gracefully by Bern Szukalski, and the other 354 minutes of the Plenary opened my eyes to the importance of story maps. I was excited to be a part of a team that is causing a positive impact. It definitely made my hour-long commute easier.

Post-UC the team returned to DC and work never slowed. I continued to lend a hand on many projects and even piloted my own story map. I am grateful to have had this unique experience as an intern in a regional office and I would recommend this to prospective students.

A Future for All Interns

During my time at Esri I matured and actively learned new things. I realize that this is a company where I can continue to grow. Esri hires many of their interns and there are other unique post-internship opportunities available to some. I will be an Esri Campus Ambassador at the University of Maryland while I finish school. Additionally, the Education department is going to support my volunteer efforts to bring geotechnologies to my hometown. I have found support through Esri and I am excited to see my relationship with this company grow in the future.

Want to see more of what goes on during the summer at Esri? Check out our Student Connection Facebook page.

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Are You on Instagram? Esri Is!

With its amusing play on the app’s name, esrigram has taken the company to the popular photo-sharing service. With over 200 million users, many businesses included, Instagram has become a mobile sensation. How does Esri fit in? esrigram is a way to visually represent what’s going on around campus, post pictures of maps (of course) and fun Throwback Thursday memories, and much more. There are even posts talking about the upcoming Esri International User Conference and pictures of our new building on campus.

esrigram is a space for geogeeks and all things Esri. Tag your own #geophotos and you may just see your pictures on the esrigram feed!

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34 and Counting (Interns, That Is)

This week a group of 25 students began their summer internships at Esri, including several in regional offices, bringing the total to 34 to date. They represent schools from coast to coast across the US and as far away as Italy.

There will be several more “waves” of students arriving in the coming weeks. When the last one has filled out their paperwork and been shown to their office, we’ll have welcomed about 100 interns—a bit of Esri history in the making! They’ll be working in all areas throughout the company; one, Katherine, will be working with me to tell the Esri careers story. Watch for her posts over the next few months.

Welcome, interns. It’s going to be a great summer!

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Esri Career News for Students

A new issue of Esri News for Students and Recent Grads is now available online.


Included in this issue is information on summer programs (deadlines approaching!), careers for soon-to-be grads, Esri GeoDev Meetups, and more.

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Esri Recruiters on the Road Again

Connecting with Esri staff at a career fair or similar recruiting event can provide that extra edge when competing with other applicants. It gives you the chance to talk with us about the Esri culture and what your educational background and experience can bring to the table. Whether you are interested in a full-time position or one of our summer opportunities for students, it’s a great way to make that important first impression.

We’ll be traveling all around the US this fall. Check out our event map to see where you can meet us!

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Esri Interns Have Arrived!

The Esri Summer Internship Program is well underway, with the majority of students already here and another 20+ arriving in the next few weeks. There will be several activities for interns over the summer; last week students got the chance to meet each other at an informal breakfast. Competition was fierce in the texting contest; congratulations to Skylar from Industry Marketing who was declared Text Master, with Jon from Software Development a close second. The interns who traveled the furthest are Terje, who joins us from Estonia, and Irene from Spain. Chandrahas drove the furthest to come to Redlands, across the country from Virginia. We’ll be posting lots of photos over the summer on the Esri Student Connection Facebook page.

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Sales Pros: Rewrite your career path in just an hour!

Tune in to our free webinar to see how the story begins.

Looking for a job in sales where you will empower your customers to be their best? Esri has immediate needs for account executives, account managers, solution engineers, and sales support staff to work with customers in the commercial sector across the US.

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Connect with Esri Recruiters Right from Your Desktop

Our staff will be as close as your computer next week at two virtual events. This will be a great opportunity to let your talents shine and make that important first impression!

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In the DC Area? Talk Careers with Esri Staff.

If you’re in the DC metro area and are considering a career move, check out these events where you can meet our staff to learn about current openings and what it’s like to be part of the Esri team.

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Hot Job: Training Solution Sales Representative (multiple locations)

Are you a skilled sales professional who also has experience selling to government agencies? We’re seeking individuals who can communicate the value of training to Esri customers. In this role, you’ll proactively seek out training opportunities by consulting with state and local government agencies to understand their needs and leverage your networking skills to expand customer contacts.

Sandra, the recruiter for this position, says, “The ideal candidate will be energetic and enthusiastic with a passion for helping our customers be successful with Esri technology, someone who takes a consultative sales approach to growing a business and meeting customers’ training needs.”

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