Are you looking for an exciting new career opportunity in design, development, or marketing? Join us for the Mashable Online Career Expo October 23 and talk with Esri recruiters about our current openings in these areas and more!
By Diana Colgrove, Summer 2012 Intern
During my two years as a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, the “buzz” about Esri was constant. Coming from a background consisting solely of business and marketing, I didn’t know much about geography other than the fact that Esri was transforming the way GIS could be used. At first I thought to myself, “Esri must seek brilliant geographers, developers, and technology experts to enable their vision to become a reality.” Then I was given the opportunity to participate in its summer internship program upon graduating with my MBA in Marketing, and I have since learned that this statement is true, but there is also much more to Esri’s success.
I entered the program as an intern on the Marketing Analytics team within Marketing Operations. My summer project focused on establishing a reporting format for data gathered through market research. While my project was business-focused, it required having an understanding of Esri’s product offerings and their capabilities in order to conduct appropriate analysis. During my first week, I encountered a plethora of information about spatial analysis, ArcGIS, and something called a shapefile, among other things. Just as I was feeling completely overwhelmed, I realized there was an abundance of resources available to me as an Esri intern that enabled my summer to be a success.
On Sunday, October 7 an estimated 12,000 people gathered along State Street in downtown Redlands for the 5th Annual Believe Walk. Pictured below are some of the members of Team Esri, which consisted of more than 70 employees and family members whose participation contributed to the $500,000+ raised from the event to benefit Inland Women Fighting Cancer. Great job!
Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, is about to be invaded. No, not by Africanized honey bees or a new strain of flu, but by a unique species of human believed by many to hold the passkey to the future: software developers. More than 2,900 are registered to attend Silicon Valley Code Camp on the college’s campus October 6-7, and Esri staff will be right in the middle of all the action.
I spent a few minutes talking with Esri’s Derrick Burke, Technology Team Lead, and Shawn Ori, Human Resources Generalist, to learn why Esri is at Code Camp and what attendees can expect from our participation.
By Guest Blogger Melinda, Human Resources
Earlier this year we implemented a more user friendly system to apply for jobs at Esri. In addition to a more streamlined application process, we can now offer several new features to enhance your applicant experience, including job alerts and using social media accounts to create and update your profile.
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.”
By Guest Blogger Amelia, 2012 Student Assistant
“What am I going to do next summer?” Last winter break, I pondered the question. I had just graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in geography and was gearing up to start my first semester of graduate school in the spring. While I have a research assistantship at the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, I wanted to spend part of my summer gaining exposure as an intern. I looked into a summer internship at Esri, but didn’t want to be away from my assistantship for the entire summer. The User Conference Student Assistantship program appeared to be the perfect fit. It would allow me to obtain a first-hand account of Esri’s company culture and to gain valuable exposure in only one week.
By Guest Blogger Zack, Support Services Intern
As my internship nears its completion, I find it hard to believe that 12 weeks have passed so quickly. Like any summer, it seems over too soon. But the sense of accomplishment as I look back on my time here is palpable and something I’m grateful, and honored, to have experienced. The convergence of human knowledge and technological resources at the Redlands campus produces a work environment unlike any other, and it’s easy to see why it is the center of the GIS universe.
As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” It’s hard to believe that our first group of summer interns departed last week. Before their time at Esri ends, each intern has the opportunity to give a short presentation to their peers and mentors on what they’ve worked on over the summer. Here are highlights from two recent presentations.
Sara, who will graduate next spring from the University of South Carolina with a master’s in geography, worked on the Technical Advisory Team in Professional Services. The projects she was involved in included creating demos for ArcGIS Boot Camp for a client using their own data, assisting with demos for an Esri user group meeting in Peru, working on an iPad app, and creating a SharePoint site that will be used by all Esri tech advisors in Redlands as well as our regional offices. Sara most enjoyed her interaction with clients from the different industries in which Esri software is used.
Chris, interning for a third year at Esri, is working in Defense Services in Professional Services. He will graduate next spring from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in computer science. The two main projects Chris was involved in were an Android Augmented Reality Framework demo and Flex demos, some of which were shown at the recent Esri User Conference in San Diego. He said appreciated the hands-on experience he gained working with Esri technology.
Stacey, who graduated in May from the University of Miami with a master’s in geography and regional studies, interned as an Educational Specialist on the Content Team in Educational Services. She was heavily involved in creating a new online training course, available later this month, entitled Authoring Web Maps Using ArcGIS Online. Stacey enjoyed working with people who have expertise in both GIS and education.
Deepak is also an intern on the Technical Advisory Team in Professional Services and comes to Esri with seven years of work experience in various multinational companies. He will graduate this December with an MBA from the University of Arizona. Deepak’s internship focused on managing large technology projects and developing technology strategies for clients. Read more.Gonzalo, who graduated this year with a master’s in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, interned in the Mapping Center. His main project was working on the World Hydro Basemap, which used ArcHydro. Gonzalo said he enjoyed developing something useful for the natural resources sciences but also cool that he could show to his friends and family.
Mike spent his summer interning in the Technical Marketing Department on the solutions team. He will be returning to Virginia Tech this fall to pursue a master’s in geography. His projects included developing a major disaster management map for utility companies, a spatial statistics crash analysis map that identified areas with higher than expected traffic accidents, and an alternative fuel stations map for ArcGIS Online. Mike said that his internship helped him see GIS in a different way and liked learning about how it is applied to other solutions.
Andrew, who is obtaining his PhD in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi, worked in Product Development on the Mapping Team. His internship started with preparing and printing wall maps to be displayed at the User Conference, and then he recreated them as web maps and web map applications on ArcGIS Online. This project required the manipulation of complex symbology of each layer before publishing. Andrew said the internship definitely taught him how important it is to pay attention to details.
As always, it’s been great having interns with us this summer, and we wish them all the best as their either return to school this fall or start their new career, whether it’s at Esri or some other great organization.
By Guest Bloggers Sara, Professional Services; Melanie, Support Services; Stacey, Education Content; and Kristen, Marketing/Industry Solutions
No matter how great the area, the job, or the people, new experiences can be hard to grapple with—especially when you move to a new location. Having a strong support system during these transitions is really important, and that’s what we got from each other.
As far as summer jobs go, the four of us know that we hit the internship jackpot this year. To say that we have been lucky to have the chance to spend a summer in Southern California with intern duties that go far beyond the stereotypical coffee retrieval would be selling our experiences short. Here at Esri, we have not only had the chance to put our educational and career experiences to work in roles that resemble full-time employees, but we have also had the opportunity to form strong friendships.
Every year, Esri attracts a wide variety of students from all over the country to participate in its summer internship program. Although most interns share a common love of all things geography, the scope of student backgrounds is vast. In mid-May, the four of us came together to begin our 12 weeks as interns and found that we all had much more in common than our resumés may have initially suggested:
- Sara from North Royalton, Ohio, is a geography master’s student at the University of South Carolina.
- Melanie from Phoenix, Arizona, is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in geography/GIS.
- Stacey, from Fonthill, Ontario, is a recent graduate from the University of Miami with a master’s in geography and will begin a Ph.D. in social studies education at the University of Georgia this fall.
- Kristen from Stow, Ohio, is a rising senior and marketing major at Boston College.