International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award

5-2016

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. Jie Tian

Abstract

This report is an account of my internship spent with NatureServe, a nonprofit Conservation organization that provides detailed scientific data used in conservation decisions made across the Americas. NatureServe works with a network for natural heritage programs and is made up of four regional offices with headquarters in Arlington, VA. I spent my summer in their Boulder, CO location in the Conservation Planning and Decision Support Department under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Crist. I was offered my choice of two projects to work on, and was also offered a continuation of my internship with additional responsibilities given. Throughout the summer I spent the majority of my time working with the Department of Defense on their Eglin, FL Vista project and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on their Northeast Corridor of Puerto Rico Summit to Sea project. This internship provided advanced GIS software practice as well as various networking opportunities with multiple conservation organizations. This internship has provided me with the additional professional skills training that I needed to feel confident in my conservation GIS analyst capabilities and I would highly recommend this internship to other GISDE students looking towards a similar career path.

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