International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Final Project

Degree Name

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


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Jie Tian


This report is an account of my time spent on a summer internship at the World Wildlife Fund’s Washington, DC office. I interned there for 9 weeks from June to August 2015. I worked for the science team under Dr. Louise Glew. The official title of the internship was “Land-Use Change Remote Sensing Intern.” My task was to remotely sense land cover change on a remote peninsula of Indonesia, and to see if any significant changes occurred following the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the traditional fishing grounds surrounding the peninsula. The internship was an opportunity for me to apply my GIS and remote sensing skills away from academia. While I was unable to finish my analysis in Washington and will have to complete it remotely, it was an excellent experience for me. I now have experience working behind the scenes at a prominent NGO that relies on GIS and remote sensing to fulfill its conservation goals, and I can now say that I could see myself working in an NGO setting. If anyone else is considering this internship, I would tell them that it is a great opportunity.



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