Data & Mapping Intern

  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Sep 15, 2020
Internship- Paid GIS - Remote Sensing

Job Description


The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking an enthusiastic and qualified Data Intern to join our data team within the Data & Mapping Department. A strong candidate will possess the right combination of technical skills, creativity, a collaborative spirit, and self-motivation; and will have a passion for using data to understand and address community needs, with a particular focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The intern will assist in supporting the data collection, analysis, and interpretation needs of the Data & Mapping team as well as other MORPC departments. The Data & Mapping team collects and maintains diverse data resources to support the work of the agency and external partners, so familiarity working with a wide range of datasets and formats is important. Increasingly, our work incorporates coding and automation for data collection, manipulation, analysis, and visualization, so experience with coding and statistical software packages (primarily R) is ideal.

The Data & Mapping team manages MORPC’s internal data resources and provides data collection, analysis, and visualization support to the agency’s other departments in areas ranging from Planning & Sustainability, to Transportation & Infrastructure Development, to Residential Services, to Communication & Engagement. Externally, we work directly with local governments, community partners, and residents to meet their data and mapping needs. The Data & Mapping team is also responsible for furthering MORPC’s Regional Data Agenda (Download PDF reader), which outlines our role as a regional leader in data and digital infrastructure.

Examples of Duties

  • Compiles and maintains MORPC’s data resources including demographic, socio-economic, transportation, development, land use, and other planning-related data
  • Updates existing and acquires new data resources through a combination of collaboration with external partners, sourcing of online resources, and creative problem solving
  • Organizes, transforms, and performs statistical modeling to identify trends, analyze scenarios, and develop regional forecasts
  • Assists in the development of web applications that enhance the use of and access to MORPC’s data resources
  • Supports the Data Manager in coordinating and preparing for Regional Information Data Group meetings
  • Prepares reports, visualizations, and other materials at a level suitable for presentation to government officials, citizen groups, and professional organizations
  • Responds to a broad variety of requests for information from MORPC colleagues, member agencies, community partners, and residents
  • Works with Data & Mapping staff on special projects
  • Builds job knowledge through practical work experience, educational/professional development opportunities, and building professional networks

Typical Qualifications

Qualifications (must haves):

  • Currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year degree program
  • Experience applying data analysis and critical thinking methods to practical decision-making contexts
  • Coding, software, or database development skills (e.g., Python, R, SQL)
  • Interest in working with diverse, sometimes “messy” data from a range of sources and in a variety of formats
  • Strong analytical/problem solving abilities and genuine enthusiasm to learn new skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with peers and external partners
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the region

Additional desired skills (like-to-haves):

  • Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program in data science, planning, economics, computer science, or a related field
  • Experience with application or web development
  • Familiarity with demographic, transportation, and land use planning studies and the data that informs them
  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software, geospatial data, and web-mapping platforms (e.g., ArcGIS Online, OpenStreetMap, Mapbox)
  • Experience with web-based data analysis and visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, PowerBI, D3, Google Charts)

Supplemental Information

MORPC serves as a resource for local officials as they make decisions about economic growth, development, transportation, energy, and environmental sustainability. Through a variety of transformative programs and services, we work to improve the lives of all Central Ohio residents and make the region stand out on the world stage.

One of Central Ohio’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our communities, and to best serve our region, MORPC strives to reflect that diversity. Our work is made better when our team can draw on a wide range of personal experiences and backgrounds, and when each member is open to learning from the experiences of others, both internally and externally. As an equal opportunity employer, we fully support all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or other handicap, genetic information, marital/familial status, veteran status, or income or status with regard to public assistance in any aspects of our personnel policies, working conditions or relationships with employees and applicants for employment.

To create and nourish a workforce as diverse as the Central Ohio region, MORPC encourages members of groups traditionally underrepresented in local government and professional positions to apply for our open career opportunities.   

MORPC recognizes the value of a healthy work/life balance for our team members and as such, we provide a variety of benefits to promote that balance. Eligible employees receive a free system-wide transit pass and discounted access to other alternative transportation modes to provide options for commuting to work. MORPC encourages opportunities for career advancement through generous tuition and professional development incentives, leadership programs, and participation in local and national organizations. For eligible permanent positions, MORPC also offers flexible schedules and remote work options as well as paid time off and holidays. MORPC offers excellent health, vision and dental insurance, Employee Assistance Programs, employer paid short-term & long-term disability coverage, employer paid life insurance in the amount of $50,000 coverage, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, plus two Deferred Compensation Plans that employees can opt into for additional retirement funding.

MORPC is an EOE/AAP employer. Please apply online at or you may mail a resume to or complete an application at MORPC, 111 Liberty St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215 ATTN:  D&M-Intern-20.  
Due to the high number of expected applicants we cannot accept phone call inquiries.

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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$13.50 Hourly