Apply now for Spring 2023 internships

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SSI students, apply now for these two Spring 2023 internships:

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
SCAG invites your application for two internship positions in the Spring 2023 semester to support SCAG’s Aerial Imagery Processing project.

This is an unpaid internship. Much of the internship work can be done remotely with periodic in-person work at the SCAG offices in downtown Los Angeles. The internships are under the direction of Tom Vo, Program Manager for SCAG Local Info Services. The Spatial Sciences Institute has had a long-running successful internship relationship with SCAG and with Mr. Vo’s GIS team.

To apply, please send your statement of interest, CV/resume, and your STARs report to Susan Kamei at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the internship spots are filled. Please note this has been a highly competitive internship and your best chance for consideration is to apply immediately.

If you are selected and are interested in receiving undergraduate or graduate elective units, you can coordinate your enrollment in the applicable SSCI internship course with Monica Pan.

Archaeology Internship

Lynn Dodd, Professor of the Practice of Religion and Spatial Sciences, is seeking a student with spatial sciences training for a paid internship starting in Spring, 2023. The student needs to have a solid GPA (3.0 or above) and an ability to commit at least 5 solid hours weekly.

The goal of the ongoing project is/has been:

  1. to capture the necessary data to understand best practices nationally (done)
  2. to assess California practices and needs (underway)
  3. to make feasibility recommendations based on these two (upcoming).

The student would learn about California heritage management and cultural resource policy (a boon for anyone who envisions themselves working in development, planning, or environmental compliance, or policy). They will gain skills in interviewing staff members in California's Cultural Resource Information Center offices about the regional workflow and resource differences. In support of doing the interviews, they also will gain an understanding of human subjects research requirements and will be paid to take the requisite training provided through USC's CIMI system.

Additionally, because the interviews will relate to present practices, data capture, database use, database dictionaries, and workflow issues, the student will gain skills in comparing existing practices in California to more robustly fashioned systems in other states, e.g., Florida, Texas, among others. Finally, the student will receive support and financial resources to make posters for presentations, mentoring in making oral presentations, and financial support for travel to make presentations for scholarly and policy meetings.

An SSI student who also was an archaeology student participated previously. In consecutive years, he co-authored and presented the results of research in scholarly meetings. We are now working toward preliminary publication of these results.

To apply, please email Professor Dodd at with a short statement of interest and your STARS report. You may include your resume (optional).

Jamboree Housing Internship

Jamboree Housing, a developer of affordable housing and services is offering an unpaid Development GIS internship. Jamboree delivers quality affordable housing and services that transform lives and strengthen communities. The Development GIS Intern serves as an important part in delivering the Jamboree Housing mission out on a daily basis. They want to identify more communities to transform and strengthen, and that is where you come in!

Location: Remote Position. Occasional visits to the Irvine Corporate Office, and Jamboree properties located in Los Angeles, Inland Empire and/or Orange County.

Intern Projects:
• Property/Amenities Locater-Business Development.
Business Development locates ideal properties for future projects. Staff spend a large amount of time locating properties within a certain distance of specific amenities such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Interns with more extensive backgrounds in GIS and programming can work on projects to streamline this process.
• Location Needs Assessment-Business Development and Community Impact
Both Community Impact and Business Development have identified areas of interest for developing resource centers for low income community areas. GIS interns can help demonstrate what areas would be best for a community center or allow Jamboree to better understand what resources are needed.
• Property Location Maps-Community Impact
A simple project. Jamboree Housing has over 100 properties located across the state. We are often asked for a map of our properties within a county or area. Interns will create maps that are easy to read and share with community partners.
• Property Specific Resource Maps-Community Impact
Some Jamboree property staff have created their own list of nearby resources for their residents. Interns can help create easy to read maps of these local resources to would help residents understand what is in their immediate area.

Other Responsibilities:
• Work productively and proactively with Real Estate Development team and Community Impact team
• Maintain organized spatial data and document files
• Assist in the preparation and distribution of documents for Real Estate Development

Reports to: Senior Director, Development and Volunteer Department
Time Commitment: Minimum 2 days/week (4 to 5 hours per day) for a quarter or semester term. Intern may extend time if needed

• Be able to understand, support, and operate ArcGIS (ArcGIS Pro or Map)
• Over 18 years of age
• Must be completing internship for academic credit through a college or university.
• Ability to work with multiple departments
• Interpersonal skills using patience, courtesy and problem-solving ability
• Background check required

To apply:
Please email Alicia Demaree, HR Generalist, at

    • Your STARS report
    • Your resume
    • A statement of interest that describes your background and GIS technical expertise, along with your motivation for supporting the development of affordable housing.

Students selected by Jamboree Housing for the internship will be required to register for SSCI 397: Spatial Sciences Internship (if you are an undergrad) or SSCI 596: Internship in Spatial Sciences (if you are a masters student).

USC SSI interns will be working with interns from CalPoly Pomona and UC Irvine. Those selected should expect to make a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (meaning the first to apply will be the first to be considered). Those selected for a virtual interview will be expected to present a class or research project during the interview. Those selected for the internship will undergo a background check, which is a requirement to work with residents of their development projects.

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