GIS Intern (Year Round)

  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Columbus, OH
  • Oct 27, 2020
Internship- Paid GIS - Remote Sensing

Job Description


The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking an enthusiastic and qualified GIS Intern to join our GIS 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 spatial data to understand and address community needs, with a particular focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The GIS intern will assist in supporting the spatial analysis and mapping needs of the Data & Mapping team as well as other MORPC departments. Increasingly, our mapping work is becoming more digital with a focus on webmap creation and the publication of spatial data through MORPC’s open data portal, so helping to maintain these online resources is also a key role for the GIS intern position. This is a year-round internship position.

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

  • Collects, manipulates, and updates spatial data for Central Ohio (e.g., parcel data, building permits, planned developments)
  • Updates and maintains existing datasets, geodatabases, and online mapping resources
  • Creates maps and performs analysis in response to MORPC staff, member agency, and other public requests
  • Performs basic spatial analyses
  • Works with GIS staff on special projects

Typical Qualifications

Qualifications (must haves):

  • Currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year degree program
  • Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Basic knowledge of cartography
  • Strong interest in data management and spatial analysis
  • 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 geographic information systems, computer science, geography, planning, or a related field
  • Experience with ESRI ArcPro, Portal, Open Data, and other web-mapping platforms
  • Experience with applying spatial statistics and methods to analyze land use, environmental conditions, and social equity
  • Coding, software, and database development skills, especially Python, R, and SQL

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.

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-Oct-20

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$13.50 Hourly