International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Chief Instructor

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.




My internship with the Town of Andover, Massachusetts took place during May, June, and July 2014. I worked directly with one supervisor, Laura DeGroot, for all projects, which included editing GIS administrative layers (e.g. boundaries, roads, zoning and school districts, etc.), creating new maps for recycling routes and septic systems within the town, analysis of census data, GPS data collection, and template design for online hiking trail maps. This report also details the mission of the town and how my internship played a role in achieving many of the overarching goals for data availability and communication, along with a reflection of the internship experience and examples of my products. I would recommend this internship to anyone aiming to work in local government, as I gained both technical and professional experience throughout the summer and a network of useful contacts.



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