Research & Analysis Intern

  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Chicago, IL 60606, United States
  • Mar 09, 2017
Internship- Paid Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Science/Engineering GIS

Job Description

Experience Required: Current Enrollment in Graduate Program

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an intern in the Research & Analysis Division of the Planning Department. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information. For more about the LTA program, visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

Position Description

The intern will work with the Research and Analysis team in an ongoing project to scan and geo-reference historical aerial photographs of the Chicago region using ESRI’s ArcGIS software. This will be a 12-week internship at 37.5 hours/week, with approximately 50% of the time dedicated to the scanning project; concurrent with this task will be a variety of geographic information system (GIS)-based data development activities to support long-range forecasting work at CMAP.

Essential Functions

  • Operate large-format scanner to scan aerial imagery
  • Enter metadata into Access database
  • Geo-reference scanned imagery using ArcGIS
  • Perform research to support land use, development, and employment monitoring activities
  • Edit vector GIS data (digitization and attribute update)
  • Conduct quality control and quality assurance on methods and procedures
  • Thoroughly document work products for use by other CMAP staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of general GIS concepts and functions; familiarity with ArcMap interface is required, as are basic office computer skills (word processing, data entry). Prior experience with georeferencing raster imagery strongly desired, along with experience in digitizing/editing vector datasets; knowledge of Python scripting and automation techniques helpful.

Education and Experience

Applicants for the position should be enrolled in a graduate degree program in geography, urban planning, environmental studies, or a related field. Internship Timeframe Depending on the student’s availability, this is a full-time summer position beginning in May or June 2017. It could potentially continue into the 2017-18 school year, but that is not guaranteed. Minor start and end-date accommodations may be made upon request.

This posting will close on March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Level

Entry-level, Intern (Paid)

Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$15/hr.