US: Summer of Maps, a paid summer fellowships for student GIS analysts, is being organized by Azavea, a social enterprise that applies the power of business to effect change. The 12-week program provides competitive fellowships to students and matches them with challenging spatial analysis projects with nonprofit organizations.
The mission is to apply geospatial technology for positive civic, social, and environmental impact, as well as to advance the state-of-the-art through research. While primarily, it is a software engineering and data analytics firm, it gives back to the communities we serve in many ways, including contributions to open data and open source projects, donating a portion of our profits, community event participation, and pro bono work.
Fellows are provided a stipend and one-on-one mentoring by staff on Azavea’s Data Analytics team during their 12-week fellowship in Azavea’s Philadelphia office. Each fellow works with two nonprofit organizations as part of the Summer of Maps fellowship. These nonprofit organizations receive sophisticated analysis and visualization of their data.
Azavea invites nonprofit organizations with spatial analysis and geographic visualization needs to submit their project ideas. Projects can have a large range of topics but should be focused on data analysis and visualization, rather than the creation of software or interactive sites. Some examples of potential projects include:
- Arts & Culture – analyze geographic location of ticket sales and donations to both identify existing clusters and untapped markets
- Elections & Civil Rights – identify the sources of campaign contributions and measure the influence they have on the national political landscape
- Environment, Sustainability and Ecosystems – analyze the urban tree canopy and existing development to make a recommendation for future preservation
- Public Safety – analyze the impact of neighborhood indicators or other environmental factors on crime risk
- Public Health & Food – develop three potential sites for a new soup kitchen and perform a market analysis to determine how each will affect existing sites
- Community & Economic Development – analyze housing needs to determine the best site for a new low income housing development
- Transportation – identify the next 10 streets for the addition of bike lanes by scoring all street segments based on a variety of geographic criteria
Requirements & Eligibility
Organizations are limited to two project submissions. If an organization chooses to submit two, they should do so as separate applications rather than trying to combine them into a single application. Read more about eligibility requirements on the Summer of Maps About page.
December 4, 2017: Organization application opens
January 28, 2018: Organization application closes
February 16, 2018: Student application opens
March 11, 2018: Student application closes
April 2018: Student Fellows and Organizations Announced
June 2018: Fellowship starts
August 2018: Fellowship ends, projects delivered to Organizations
Azavea will review all projects and shortlist about 12-18 before making project descriptions available to students. Because parts of the proposal will be made public (with contact information removed), no proprietary or confidential information should be submitted as part of your application. Students will select the projects they are interested in working on from the shortlist, so it’s important to consider how students will engage with the submitted project. Final project selection will be made based on the winning fellows and the projects they have selected.
Need more info before submitting an application? Check out these resources:
Guide for nonprofits:
2017 Project Shortlist: