Internships are one way that organisations can help GIS students enter New Zealand’s geospatial industry.
One of the recommendations from the July 2016 University of Victoria report 'Graduate pathways: Support for Young Geospatial Professional in New Zealand' is "Create a repository of entry pathway opportunities (for example, internships, graduate development programmes, part time or short term opportunities) for students."
The Department of Conservation, Environment Canterbury, Eagle Technology and Interpret have kindly supplied the Geospatial Capability Committee with copies of their Geospatial/GIS Intern Job Descriptions that other organisations can use as example templates to develop their own Geospatial/GIS Intern Job Description.
- Department of Conservation GeospatialIntern job description (DOCX 111KB)
- Environment Canterbury GIS Intern job description (DOCX 469KB)
- Eagle Technology GIS Intern job description (DOCX 35KB)
- Interpret GIS Intern job description (DOCX 875KB)
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has offered paid geospatial internships previously over the 2016/17 Summer. Ian Harrison, LINZ Senior Spatial Analyst, says that “Internships are a great way for us to progress useful work that we otherwise may not have the resources to do. As well as giving the Interns work experience, we’ve found their fresh perspectives and the skills they bring are of real value to LINZ.”
The following industry people are available if you'd like first-hand feedback about the hiring and managing of geospatial interns:
If your organisation is advertising a Geospatial/GIS Internship opportunity, then email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can promote it on the Geospatial Capability Committee’s Grow GIS NZ Facebook page.
If you are also aware of any graduate development, part time or short-term opportunities for GIS students or part time/full time employment opportunities for GIS Graduates email us and we can do a Grow GIS NZ Facebook post!
If you are a Graduate or Intern looking for a GIS work opportunity then a number of relevant job websites are given at Geospatial Specialist on the Careers NZ website.