International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Practitioner Report

Degree Name

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


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Second Reader

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger


This report provides a detailed experience of my internship with CDM Smith during the summer of 2016. This was a formal 12-week internship that was extended an additional two weeks due to my success in the first few weeks. My title was listed as a GIS Specialist Intern. My responsibilities included applying GIS technologies to construction, water, and energy projects, digitizing various locations for cities and private clients, FEMA projects, and street light audits in two different towns in New England.


This internship was a great learning experience in regards to real world professionalism and field work etiquette. I was able to collaborate with both different and likeminded peers who guided me throughout my entire summer. I highly recommend the CDM Smith internship program. The following pages dive deeper into my projects, lessons learned, and my reflections on this internship.



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