GIS Internship Opportunities
The School of Geography & Earth Sciences offers GIS internships for interested students who excel in GIS courses. To qualify for these internships, students need at least a B+ in relevant GIS courses at the third or fourth year level. These are competitive internships, where the students need to interview for the position (enrolling in GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 3IN3/4IN3 does not guarantee a position will be awarded). Students will gain valuable job experience as well as course credit in either GEOG 3MI3 or EARTH SC 3IN3 / 4IN3. These internships change from year to year. Please watch this page for updates on different internship positions.
Past off-campus internships have included: The Weather Network, EXP Consulting, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Conservation Authority and Canada Centre for Inland Waters. Past campus internships included: McMaster Institute for Transport and Logistics, Lloyd G. Reeds Map Library, EcoLab and faculty members from Anthropology, Sociology, Geography and Earth Sciences. For more information on the internships on this page, please contact Patrick DeLuca
1. Hamilton Conservation Authority (Fall 2016)
The Hamilton Region Conservation Authority (HRCA) produces mapping of regulated areas within its jurisdiction. A specific component of this requires modeling of confined valley systems, where a stream flows near an associated valley slope that meets certain criteria. Using Manifold System GIS, the objective will be to generate polygons that represent HRCA regulated areas within confined valley systems. The model consists of a series of scripts that build polygons using a set of parameters in compliance with regulation mapping guidelines. There will be significant use of digital elevation models (DEM) and orthophoto interpretation. Training will be provided.
2. Exp Consulting (Fall 2016)
Exp’s Hamilton Office is looking for and Environmental Division internship student to join our team. The successful candidate will be working in the Environmental Division exp’s Hamilton office (80 Bancroft Street).
The position will mainly involve updating and improving exp’s GIS database, including georeferencing aerial photographs and fire insurance plans and other digitizing of vector-based data.
New projects and opportunities are always presenting themselves at exp. Depending on exp’s workload, the successful candidate will also be expected to aid staff with database queries, historical research, drafting and technical report writing.
Opportunities may exist where the candidate may be called upon to help with large remediation projects, including mapping of soil/groundwater impacts or 3D modeling using ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
3. Mills Library (Fall 2016)
The Maps, Data, GIS Department in the McMaster University Library is seeking a student intern who is interested in building interactive exhibits that link items in its digital collection (maps, plans, aerial photos, etc.), link them to broader contexts and stories, and communicate this information to the public. Such topics for exhibits include (but are not limited to): The history of the McMaster campus; Historical development in Hamilton; Various battles and events in World War I and World War II. In this position, the intern will assume a variety of responsibilities and will develop a range of skills, including historical research, knowledge dissemination, historical GIS analysis, georeferencing, and geospatial web server administration. Interested individuals can contact Jay Brodeur: Manager-Maps, Data, GIS at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Stewards of Cootes Watershed
Stewards of Cootes Watershed has held 161 separate cleanups over the last 4 years removing over 277,000 lbs of debris and litter. We have volunteers who then adopt a reach of watershed to maintain the pristine condition that we have achieved. We also resolve systemic watershed stressors of a wide variety. This fall we will be expanding our work into the Red Hill Watershed. This position will be based on a prioritized set of tasks from the following list:
A) Development of a GIS for documenting Group Cleanups
B) Development of a GIS system for SCW Monthly Stewardship Program
C) Establishment of Internal GIS Capability
5. BARC Base Map Project (Fall 2016)
The Bay Area Restoration Council produces digital and printed materials that include illustrations of Hamiton Harbour and its watershed. We currently are seeking a McMaster student intern (individual or small group) to research, prepare and supply a GIS base map of this area and its main features. This base map will be used in future by BARC for cartographic purposes in webpages, printed reports and public presenations, and for analytic purposes in subsequent research into Harbour-related issues. The Project consists of the following parts:
he project/database should be produced with common and up-to-date software to enable BARC to most easily use the map for future purposes. The project/database will become property of BARC. Attribution will be given to the intern and the Centre for Spatial Analysis. The intern is invited to write about their experience in BARC’s blog. An honorarium of at least $250 will be provided upon successful completion of the Project.