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Internships provide a valuable opportunity for students to explore future career paths and gain valuable work experience. Our GeoDesign and Spatial Studies students have held internships at companies and organizations such as the Marin Municipal Water District, OnSite Engineering, the Huntington Library and Gardens, Southern California Environmental Health Science Center, BCRA Architects, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Virtual Cache project. Read about the internship experience of one GeoDesign major.

The Spatial Sciences Institute works closely with the USC Career Center to help you identify opportunities to apply the skills and competencies you’ve learned in the classroom toward a productive career path. Internships, fellowships, grants, and employment openings are available through connectSC. We encourage students to review current openings by logging on to connectSC using your USC net ID. You will find information for openings in locations throughout the country. These listings are continuously updated, so it is a good idea to check back frequently.

Employers seeking applicants for either paid or unpaid positions are advised to create a profile with the USC Career Center. Information for opportunities also can be sent directly to Ken Watson, Academic Programs Director, for direct posting to students via internal message boards and social media. Please be sure to include a brief description of the position available, desired qualifications and requirements along with instructions on how to apply. We welcome new partnerships on an on-going basis.

Current Opportunities

Map production with LA-based startup IndoorVu
The team at One Degree North Consulting and Santa Monica-based start-up IndoorVu are seeking GIS analysts and technicians for part time map production work. Applicants must be skilled in ArcGIS – Desktop or Pro. The primary project covers digitizing maps of buildings and indoor floor plans from existing scanner data. Ideal candidates are current students or recent graduates looking to work flexible hours and get involved with a new startup based on the Westside of Los Angeles. Work can be performed remotely, but it is required to meet with the team in our Santa Monica office periodically. Interested students should contact Myles Sutherland at for further information and to submit an application.

Using GIS to map political boundaries in Los Angeles
NationBuilder is a Los Angeles based civic tech startup company that supports the website, which has one simple purpose: to make candidacy information easier to find and encourage more citizens to run for office. Interns will have duties such as contacting governmental and private entities on behalf of NationBuilder’s project to collect necessary shapefiles, incorporating GIS concepts and design methods, and modifying existing databases and data sets utilizing geoprocessing tools. Additional information, including contact info, for applying can be found here.

Help Heal the Bay gather information about Marine Protected Areas
Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including the Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. The Science and Policy department is seeking an intern for the Citizen Science Project. The position will be responsible for collecting and organizing MPA Watch field data, organizing and managing informational databases and assisting with the development of program materials. Additional information, including contact info for applying, can be found here. 

Explore possible career paths while work with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. Both an intelligence agency and combat support agency, NGA enables the U.S. Intelligence community and the Department of Defense to fulfill the president’s national security priorities. Additional information, including contact info for applying, can be found here. 

Use GIS and remote sensing to help NASA address community issues
The NASA DEVELOP program aims to recruit current students, recent college graduates and career transitioning professionals. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. DEVELOP projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds. Additional information, including contact info for applying, can be found here.