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GIS Intern

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

The GIS intern will help create maps, process and analyze data, and undertake geospatial research projects that support our international programs. The GIS intern will map things like PCI’s Ebola response, the impact of earthquakes and other natural disasters, and the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. This position will work as part of a dynamic team of humanitarian information management professionals and technology/ICT staff and is an ideal opportunity for students looking to expand their resume and work on impactful humanitarian assistance and resilience initiatives.


  • Support data collection, consolidation, and processing of GIS-related work to climate change, humanitarian assistance, and resilience in countries where PCI works
  • Review, streamline, and organize geographic data submitted from PCI field projects
  • Create maps that illustrate PCI’s work around the world, from disaster preparedness to community health
  • Assist to assess existing visual methods used globally for enhancing community disaster risk management
  • Analyze geospatial data to enhance and inform programmatic decisions beyond simple geographic visualization of projects
  • Assist in the development of a community disaster risk management map format (inclusive of vulnerability/response/early warning, that will help enhance emergency preparedness and response)
  • Provide support for training and workshops on GIS-related topics
  • In addition to working with the humanitarian assistance unit, the GIS Intern may work with the technology and ICT staff on using mobile GIS applications and the monitoring and evaluation unit to map results data
  • Other duties as appropriate and assigned by supervisor


  • Applicant must be a current undergraduate or graduate student and able to either receive academic credit or provide an official letter from the school stating that the internship contributes to the intern’s education
  • Studying Geography, GIS, Cartography, Computer Science, Engineering, Urban Planning, Disaster Risk Management, or a related field


  • Experience with ArcGIS and/or other GIS systems, including familiarity with GIS processing, and mapping
  • Ability to use remote sensing software will be an advantage
  • Comfortable using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign to produce maps and/or document
  • Familiarity with using Excel, Access, and/or SQL geodatabases to organize geospatial data
  • Prior experience working with Github, HTML, CSS, Javascript and/or CartoCSS a plus
  • Ability to work under deadline on a variety of tasks, as assigned
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proficiency of English
  • A passion for the mission and values of PCI
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and work independently
  • International experience, preferably in countries/regions where PCI works (preferred)
  • Experience in disaster risk management is not essential, but is desirable. We seek an individual who has a strong willingness and ability to learn and can acquire skills and knowledge efficiently.


We are looking for dedicated individuals willing to commit to approximately a 3 month internship of 15 hours per week during business hours. This internship is an unpaid position located at PCI - Washington, DC.

Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Position Type Intern

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  • Organization: PCI - Project Concern International
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Junior - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-20

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