Category Archives: Students and Recent Grads

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.

We’re looking forward to welcoming more than 100 interns this summer. The majority will be based in Redlands, but we do have opportunities in other regions:

  • Arlington (Software Development)
  • Atlanta (GIS Services)
  • Charlotte (Technical Support, Solution Engineering)
  • Minneapolis (GIS Services)
  • Olympia (Solution Engineering)
  • Portland, ME (Software Development)
  • St. Louis (GIS Services)
  • Washington, DC (Solution Engineering)

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Graduating Soon? Why You Should Start Your Job Hunt Now!

Are you one of the thousands of students who will soon make the transition from college life to the working world? In this interview with Michael Johnson, Esri’s university programs manager, learn what you can—and should—be doing now to land your first full-time job.

How soon before graduation should a student start seriously looking for a job?

It depends on where they’re at professionally and academically. If they have internship experience, they’ll likely already have some leads. I advise students to get going as soon as school starts in the fall semester—proactively leveraging contacts, networking, crafting their resumé, and applying to the places they know they want to work. So many students make the mistake of waiting until the spring semester or even when they graduate before realizing, “Hey, it’s time for me to find a job!”

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Job Hunting During the Holidays: Naughty or Nice?

Esri HR Partners Kristin, left, and Megan

For a lot of us, this time of year can be especially stressful … buying gifts, preparing special meals, and a full social calendar. But if you’re looking for a new job or considering a career change, you don’t have to put the job hunt on hold until after the New Year. Esri HR partners Kristin and Megan share some tips on how you can make the most of looking for a new opportunity during the holiday season.

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Where is Alagiri Now?

Alagiri, Product Engineer

I’m on the Location Analytics team in Product Development. I work closely with developers and the Developer Lead to ensure that features are implemented as per the specification and that they make sense from the user’s perspective.

I started as a Support Analyst back when the SDK Team was the Developer Support Group. After two years, I transitioned into the role of a Group Lead. I was in Support Services for five years before I moved to my current role in Product Development.

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Do Your Homework Before Attending a Career Fair

In his 15 years with Esri, talent acquisition leader Jason Otero has represented us at many recruiting events. I recently asked him to share some of his advice for getting the most out of attending a career fair.

What’s the best way for a career fair attendee to prepare for meeting potential employers?

Oftentimes what we find are people who come up to the table prepared to talk about themselves. They’ve got resumes in-hand, they’re dressed appropriately, and they have all their ducks in a row. But what they tend not to have done is research the organizations they want to meet. What gets a recruiter’s attention is the person who comes up with a keen sense of interest in the company and can explain how their background, skills, and interests align with the potential new organization and, specifically, the job opportunities they’re interested in.

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Intern Passionate about Geography and Mapping

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

Esri intern KathrynIntern Kathryn Hagerman occupies a unique niche at Esri. Serving as a member of the Partner Program Team, she is working to streamline knowledge transfer campaigns. She also worked to develop a collection of ArcGIS Online maps to share stories about the growth of the global Esri Partner Network and highlight exciting work Esri partners are doing.

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Work at Esri: Intern Edition

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

As my 12-week internship comes to a close, I am able to look back and see all that I have learned after spending a summer at Esri. The values and benefits Esri proclaims on its website are not a marketing ploy: they truly exist here. To prove my point, I looked to the “Top 10 Reasons to Work at Esri” and reflected on how each played a role in my internship.

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Resumé Tips and More: Tell Us What Makes You Unique

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

As a student looking to get a head start on the job search, and specifically learn more about Esri’s hiring process, I recently sat down with two members of Esri’s HR team, Sandra and Chris. Sandra, who has been with Esri for seven years, supports Educational Services, Product Management, and the Solutions Team, while Chris, an employee for eight years, supports the Professional Services Division. Read what they have to say about the Esri culture, resumés, and qualities they value in applicants.

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An Esri Intern’s Perspective: It’s Hard Not to Get Excited About This Company

By Guest Blogger Mark, Professional Services Intern

Mark at the Esri UC; Gaslamp Quarter in the background

My goal for the summer after my junior year at Purdue University was to come home to Southern California for an internship. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Esri name on Purdue’s career opportunities page, and I decided to apply. I knew nothing about the company other than the fact that they were looking for someone with my educational background in business, and that their logo was a globe. But after 12 weeks and a trip to the Esri International User Conference in San Diego under my belt, it’s hard not to get excited about this company and its contributions to so many different industries throughout the world.

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