You Never Stop Learning

On Wednesday, interns had the chance to sit in on a brown bag presentation from two employees in Esri’s Professional Services Division. Chad Helm, who works in the extended support programs group, gave us a brief overview of the vast department, telling us about the various projects done by 600 employees all over the world. The Professional Services team supports customers and partners in effectively implementing and applying Esri software products. This may include short-term, in-house technical work or more long-term solutions projects.

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Has It Been 30 Days Already?

It is my thinking that when a college student is offered an internship (after the “Will I be paid?” question is answered), they wonder if the work they do will actually benefit the company in the long run. For some companies, yes. For many others, probably not. It is part of the questionable catch 22 of gaining experience. How does one get significant experience before graduating college and getting a real job? And how do we even know if we will enjoy doing what we majored in?

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Interns Go High-Tech with the Applications Prototype Lab

During the last week of June, interns were given the opportunity to sit in on some demonstrations in the Esri Applications Prototype Lab. These demos included looking at real-time social media trend maps, environmental habitat maps, and some 3D responsive design. For those of us not working in the APL this summer, these demonstrations were incredible to see. Just another cool piece of Esri that interns got a peek of.

A big thank you to Hugh Keegan and his team for taking the time to show us their stuff!

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First Day of Summer 2014!

Who can believe tomorrow is the first day of summer already? Well, those of you who live in California don’t see much of a difference in temperature, but where I’m from, we got 132 inches of snow this year. Yikes!

Southern California is a great place to be during the summer months. From beautiful beach days to music festivals and other great events, there is plenty to do to maintain that work-life balance.

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85 Interns? Wow!

On Tuesday, Esri welcomed its last large group of interns to Redlands. A few more will be coming in over the next few weeks here and in regional offices. Today we had our second mixer breakfast, and this time the fun was a little more condensed. We sat at different tables with new faces and had to fill out some challenging brain teasers. Surprisingly, the biggest challenge of the morning was trying to get everyone in a group picture!

Have a great summer, interns!

Curious what interns did at the first mixer? Find out here.

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Esri User Experience Architect Shows the Layers of a Successful Application

In the scheme of things, the terms user experience and user interface are relatively new to the technology world. Even the job title User Experience Architect is unfamiliar to many of us. But for Steven Nelson, it’s his nine-to-five.

Steve works in the Creative Lab, or the “creative arm of Esri,” as he likes to call it. Simply put, his job in user experience is to help map out applications that are intuitive and simple to use for consumers with various technology skill levels. Steve works closely with user interface (UI) architects who work on an application’s “front end” to make it both visually appealing and easy to follow. Together these two groups take an application from a simple idea to a useful end product.

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Happy Friday!

TGIF, am I right? From everyone in Esri offices near and far, we hope you have a great, relaxing weekend!

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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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A Lesson in Location Analytics from Chief Technology Officer Art Haddad

One of the great things about being an intern at Esri is getting to experience and learn about things that are going on throughout the company. One of the ways they expose us to that information is through the Intern Brown Bag Series, where employees from various teams present the cool things they’ve been working on. This week we had the pleasure of being joined by Art Haddad, Chief Technology Officer at Esri.

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First Intern Mixer of the Summer: Sticky Notes and Mini Muffins

Upon arriving in the Esri Café last Thursday morning, I encountered roughly 45 interns, a table of delicious breakfast items, and a stack of suspect sticky notes with strange words written on them. As humans, we are always looking for the meaning behind an action (or the reason we’re being forced out of our comfort zone), and this was no exception. Each intern was subtly given a sticky note and we went about having our social hour.

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