Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Connecting with Morocco: Youssef's Story

     You might think working in the GIS lab is all about advanced technology and maps. But a closer look shows that there is much more to be gained in the lab beyond face value. Youssef Guedira is currently studying at WC as a junior from Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. This Engineering student was quick to jump on an opportunity to work at the lab.
     “WC was the highest ranked institution among the list of partnerships my university has with American institutions. While working on my computer one night, I saw an email form Stew Bruce calling for application to work for the GIS lab. I had a web development internship during the summer of 2011 and my handling of HTML started in 8th grade. I thought that I may be helpful and that it would be an interesting experience. So, I emailed Stew back, and we set a meeting.” 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Hallinan

     Always check your email, you never know - it may lead to a new job. Sophomore Stephanie Hallinan began her internship with GIS because of an email of opportunities in the lab sent over the summer.
     “I had never heard of GIS before, but after going through the site it seemed like a really interesting and challenging place to work that would offer more than simply manning a desk for several hours. I wanted something that would be new and challenging, but would offer me skills I could use later on, and would hopefully open some doors when looking for employment after college. I realize GIS offers all of this and more.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Bulkilvish '09

     Sometimes it isn’t so bad to follow the crowd. Many GIS lab interns apply for a position by word of mouth and encouragement of friends. Samantha Bulkilvish ’09 followed her friends right into the lab with an internship that led to her post-graduation employment.

     “A lot of my friends in college were upperclassmen and they had all taken GIS classes and were interning with the GIS lab. I got to see all the cool projects they were working on and they encouraged me to sign up for GIS in the fall semester of my junior year. I continued as an intern throughout junior year, that summer, and my senior year.” said Bulkilvish.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Competitive Edge

       It’s that time of year when college seniors around the country are scrambling to fill out graduate school applications and secure jobs post-graduation this spring. Many are becoming desperate in their search in an economy where few jobs are available for the hundreds of thousands graduating this year. Mariah Perkins ’13 doesn’t have to worry about any of those factors, thanks to her experience with WC GIS.

      An anthropology major from Frederick, Md., Perkins will graduate with diploma and job offer in hand. As a leading intern in the lab since freshman year, she completed a summer internship with technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and returned to campus with assurances that a full-time position would await her following graduation in May. Stew Bruce’s connection to Booz Allen Hamilton principal Susan Kalweit, who serves with him on the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Academic Advisory Board, helped Perkins land the internship.

Friday, November 9, 2012

GIS Student Spotlight: Jeff Sullivan

     It’s been said that a single class can change your life. Now a junior at WC, Jeff Sullivan now holds an intern position in the GIS lab, a job that would not have been possible without taking the Intro. to GIS.
     “I really enjoyed the skills I learned in this class and when a position became available in the lab, I was able to snag a job with crime mapping,” said Sullivan.