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One of Esri’s newest employees is hitting the road this fall, possibly coming to a campus near you! Nick Kelch recently joined the university programs team and will be working closely with universities as well as helping build up Esri’s campus ambassador program. He will be using his background in technical recruiting and GIS to strengthen our efforts on campuses across North America.
By Citabria Stevens, ArcNews editor
There are countless ways to enter the field of GIS and, with a bit of imagination and creativity, even more ways to use the technology.
This notion of limitless possibilities was the overarching theme of a series of events put on by the Young Professionals Network (YPN) at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. The YPN, in its inaugural year, offers budding GIS professionals—of any age—the opportunity to network with peers and meet some of the most dynamic and influential people in GIS.
Phil Pitts, a student at Washington State University, decided he wanted a different intern experience that complemented his majors of computer science and Chinese language. This prompted him to apply for a position as a research intern in the Esri R&D Center in Beijing. “I was a student volunteer at SIGGRAPH in 2014 and stopped by Esri’s booth in the job fair, which sparked a conversation about building virtual reality technology in Beijing.”
It would be an understatement to say I did a lot this summer. At the beginning of my summer vacation I was in Dublin, Ireland finishing up my studies at Trinity College. I then took a 13 hour flight back home to San Francisco, California. When I finally arrived, I had a short turnaround to head down to Southern California to start my full-time internship at Esri as a Marketing and Branding intern.
Have you ever wondered where Esri interns come from or what their educational backgrounds are? Even though most interns have headed back to school or are on their way to their first full-time job, you can still get to know them via this story map.
Our interns come from all different walks of life, educational backgrounds, and countries–the diversity can be seen throughout the map. You can see where each intern is from based on the point on the map, as well as where they are obtaining their degree and what Esri team were on.
Has this inspired you to apply for a 2016 internship? We’ll have more information on our website this fall. In the meantime, here’s some background info to get you started.
Each Esri intern has an incredible story and background, and Max Payson is no different. As a runner Max has excelled in cross country and track at Yale University, so it was no surprise when he signed up to run the 5K at the Esri User Conference. The 5K was a great success with around 600 people coming out. Max won the event with the time of 15:10, which was almost a minute before anyone else got to the finish line. He said his favorite part of the 5K was seeing his coworkers involved and participating in something so important to him. “Glad to see the GIS community likes running.” It was a common connection that sparked interest with him.
Thirteen teams, eight presentations. Three placed, one won. These are the statistics for the first annual “Weekend of Innovation” Esri intern hackathon. With so many interns this year–well over 100–there were more activities for them to participate in than ever before and that includes the hackathon.
All the teams had to turn in their ideas prior to the event, so no one was aware of what others were doing until they arrived. This left the teams with the curiosity of whether or not the other teams had similar ideas. The teams worked non-stop from Friday afternoon until Saturday night, when they presented their ideas. The 13 teams presented in the first round; eight were selected to present in front of the higher management of Esri. That was where the winner was chosen.
Having extracurricular activities for the interns to participate in is a great way to spark creativity and camaraderie. Within that spark the intern photo contest was born, and with 62 entries for the first-ever contest it was a great success. The categories were left up to interpretation of the intern, so the creativity could be shown in their own way. The categories included Life on Campus, Esri in the World, Intern Experience, Most Creative, and All Natural. All the categories were hard to judge because there were so many great entries, but after the final tally the winners were as follows.
The Esri International User Conference (UC) is the largest event of its kind, with 16,000 attendees from all over the world. As you might imagine, it takes a lot of people to make an event of this magnitude go smoothly, and every year UC student assistants are a big part of this endeavor. From helping with set up, registration, and in sessions to working in the conference store, students are versatile in what tasks they take on. Student assistants come from a diverse range of countries and states and many different backgrounds.
When Olivia Hollenhorst started her Esri internship in the summer of 2014, she probably never dreamed she would one day be accompanying her colleagues to Geneva, Switzerland, to help map the Ebola outbreak. Upon completion of her internship, she was hired last September full time, and continued working on the health and public safety team in our Professional Services Division. That’s where she received the opportunity to spend a month working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.