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

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger


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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