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GIS Intern


Macfadden is an employee-owned, international professional services corporation that applies integrated information technology solutions and program/project management expertise to help solve critical issues impacting the health, safety and security of the world around us. Since 1986, federal agencies have relied on Macfadden for critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, information technology solutions, financial management systems support and knowledge management and communications.

Today, Macfadden provides innovative solutions that enable our customers to protect America's food supply more efficiently and bring medical breakthroughs to market sooner; rapidly respond to complex international disaster relief efforts; develop and maintain critical government IT financial systems and safeguard key government information systems. We support our customer's mission to help emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia develop their economic infrastructures; help meet compliance requirements and improve transparency through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.

With more than 200 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD with multiple client site operations in the greater Washington, DC region and Tidewater, VA area.

Position Summary:

The Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy. OTI provides fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs. Strategically designed for each unique situation, OTI has laid the foundation for long-term development by promoting reconciliation, jumpstarting local economies, supporting emerging independent media, and fostering peace and democracy through innovative programming. In countries transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, from violence to peace, or following a fragile peace, OTI’s programs serve as catalysts for positive political change.

Macfadden is seeking a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern to support USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) in Washington, DC, on the Data Analysis Team (DAT). The DAT utilizes innovative visualization tools providing analysis of political transitions and other complex crises. The GIS Intern will work with the team to provide cartographic, geographic, and analytic information services to USAID/OTI’s programs and their interagency counterparts, a critical component of USAID/OTI’s context-driven programming model. The team’s products and technical assistance will help explain the “what, why, and where” behind USAID/OTI’s work and inform strategic and program decision-making. The DAT is an integral part of the Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) team within the Program, Learning and Innovation (PLI) division of OTI.

Essential Functions:

Macfadden is looking for a Geographic Information Intern to support the Data Analysis Team for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). The individual will provide support to program management, analysis, planning and advocacy as a member of the Data Analysis Team. Duties include:

Assist in data collection, cleaning and organization;
Assist in map production using ESRI ArcGIS and other GIS tools;
Attend internal and external meetings;
Propose innovative ideas for the application of GIS to enhance OTI programming; and
Other duties as assigned.

Education: B.S. /B.A. in Geography or related field; in process or recently completed

Minimum education requirements:

Bachelor’s degree with 1-4 years of work experience; or
Less than BS/BA with 1-5 years of relevant experience
MS/MA/MB with 1-3 years of relevant experience


Experience in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), cartographic design and standard office applications (Microsoft Office 2010).
Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS software.
Knowledge of geospatial data from a wide array of sources.
Experience with data management best practices and data cleaning
Must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to complete tasks independently and work within a larger team environment.
Position requires the ability to work in high pressure situations under short deadlines.
Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop) is a plus.
International experience or foreign language skills are a plus.
Experience with scripting languages such as python or statistical programming languages such as R are a plus

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored security clearance.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

This position description reflects Macfadden’s assignment of essential functions; nothing in this job description restricts the Company’s latitude to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Macfadden provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Macfadden complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Macfadden expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Macfadden’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. This policy covers conduct occurring at Macfadden’s offices, client sites, other locations where Macfadden is providing services, and to all work-related activities.

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Posted 2018-02-27 under Intern