By Guest Blogger Mark, Professional Services Intern
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.
One of the things that really impressed me in my time with Esri, as far as day-to-day work life, was how willing my co-workers were to go out of their way to help with any questions or concerns I had. Everyone was always so busy working on their next project, but the time given to me made my experience that much more meaningful.
Throughout my internship I was given the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and gather a strong understanding of how Professional Services operates. I focused most of my time on the non-profit program, location analytics, and Embedded Support, taking a look at each from a business and marketing standpoint. It was incredible to see some of the ways organizations use Esri software to leverage location in their data. Whether it is a conservation/ humanitarian group, government agency, or the biggest commercial retailer you can think of, GIS makes a difference in visualizing their data spatially to make better decisions.
While looking at different proposals of work done by Esri with customers of a variety of organizations and attending countless meetings in person and on calls with staff around the country, I was able to gain insight that I would never have had a chance of learning in the classroom. My internship turned out to be a truly rewarding experience.
Mark is a rising senior at Purdue University, studying economics with concentrations in marketing and international business. He hails from Orange County, California, and in the future hopes to pursue a career that combines marketing and economics.