International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award

5-2017

Degree Type

Final Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in GIS for Development and Environment (GISDE)

Department

International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Abstract

In the summer 2016, I had the honor to work as a GIS & statistics intern at Location, Inc. It is a Software as a Service (SaaS) private company that builds and delivers location-based big data, analytics, tools, and services. The company’s mission is to create the best location-based technologies to help businesses make well-informed decisions (Location, Inc.). I was chosen by the company’s CEO, Dr. Andrew Schiller, who is also a Clark Alumnus. During the internship period, I worked in the data science team supervised by Jonathan Glick, and my main responsibilities were handling geographical and statistical related tasks to support project development. In general, I participated in two projects and worked on many different tasks such as tabular data cleaning, descriptive statistics analysis, geo-datasets development, spatial analysis, etc. The samples of work I describe here are processing TransUnion datasets and network analysis in ArcMap. I have learned a few new skills such as processing big data or using basic SPSS syntax, and gathered wider experience from the work. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for me, and no doubt it would shape my future career. I would definitely recommend this internship opportunity to other GISDE students.

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