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GIS Student Internship

The American Geographical Society Library

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Location: Milwaukee, WI
Type: Internship
Posted: 04/29/2021
Deadline to Apply: 05/14/2021


The American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) at UWM Golda Meir Library seeks a part-time, paid student intern to assist with GIS and Spatial Data Services for Summer 2021 and beyond. The internship is under the supervision of the Geospatial Information Specialist.  The intern will help manage a GIS data collection, assist students and researchers in finding and using geospatial data, and work on various projects utilizing geospatial technologies to increase discovery and access to AGSL collections. There are both customer service, project based and professional development aspects to the internship. The American Geographical Society Library—one of the premier Map and Geography collections in North America—contains over 1.5 million items including maps, atlases, globes, monographs, photographs, and geospatial data supporting instruction, research and learning. The AGSL is situated within the Distinctive Collections division at Golda Meir Library.

Duties include:

• Conducting reference interviews, consultations, and facilitating requests for spatial data, digital images, and printing for students, faculty, researchers, and the public
• Developing learning materials related to discovering, processing, mapping, and analyzing spatial data and the AGSL collections
• Creating or editing metadata for geospatial data and helping develop workflows for ingest, access, and discovery of geospatial data
• Special projects related to the intern’s academic goals, career goals, and skills
• Performing other library tasks such as greeting visitors, giving directions, answering phones, responding to e-mails, referring users to appropriate subject experts, capturing high-quality digital images of AGSL materials using a large-format scanner, and using a large format printer

Time and Schedule Requirements:

15-25 hours per week. Student interns work a fixed schedule each week but the schedule is accommodating of class and life schedules. Full or partial remote work schedules should be anticipated for the Summer semester as the libraries transition back to a primarily in-person Fall semester. The AGSL is currently open M-F 8:00am-4:30pm. The ideal candidate will be available to start for Summer 2021 and continue for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Required Qualifications: (You must meet all these criteria)

• Enrolled as a student at any college or university. You must be enrolled for Fall 2021 to work Summer 2021, you do not need to be enrolled in Summer courses.
• Interest in libraries, geography, and geospatial technologies
• Perform routine GIS tasks including loading, querying, and exporting data
• Perform routine tasks using a Windows PC, Microsoft Office, Office365
• Complete detailed work with a high degree of consistency and accuracy
• Respectfully and effectively work with diverse students, patrons, and staff
• Solve problems independently as well as collaboratively
• Interest in learning to use unfamiliar digital tools, software, and hardware
• Position is subject to criminal background check.

Desired Qualifications: (You should meet some of the following criteria)

• Graduate student or advanced undergraduate studying GIS (in any discipline), geography, cartography, or library/information science
• Intermediate or Advanced knowledge of desktop GIS and/or web GIS technology
• Experience with web development, StoryMaps for ArcGIS, LibGuides, and/or Canvas
• Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud, JavaScript, Python, XML, and/or HTML/CSS
• Experience searching for and using geospatial data
• Proficiency in language(s) other than English

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter (both PDF format) attached to an e-mail with the subject “AGSL GIS Student Internship” to Stephen Appel at before the deadline. Please contact Stephen with any questions.


Your cover letter should not repeat facts from your resume. Rather, it should detail some noteworthy items mentioned on the resume or introduce new information that does not have a natural place in the resume. Choose examples from your background that particularly illustrate your qualification for and interest in the job. Qualifications not described in your resume or cover letter will not be assumed; explicitly address qualifications listed above. Use the resources available to you from the UWM Career Planning and Resource Center and online for help with resume and cover letters.