GIS Intern
Macfadden - Washington, DC

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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 mission critical support in the areas of international disaster response, development and humanitarian assistance, compliance and monitoring support, information management, and systems engineering and integration.

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; and 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through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.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 225 employees, Macfadden is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with multiple client site operations worldwide including: Washington, DC; Chesapeake, VA; Birmingham, AL; and Beirut, Lebanon.

When you work with a Macfadden employee-owner, you will be working with a competent, experienced professional who cares deeply about your success. That's what sets us apart and drives our commitment to our customers .

USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is seeking a GIS Intern to work with OFDA’s Geographic Information Unit (GIU). OFDA's mandate is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and reduce the economic impact of disasters. OFDA is the lead coordinator of U.S. Government responses to disasters in foreign countries. OFDA works to minimize the human costs of displacement, conflicts and natural disasters. The GIU team works in partnership with OFDA’s Information Support Unit and Technical Assistance teams to create maps which capture OFDA’s activities and impact. The successful GIU candidate will have good geographic knowledge, be creative, and be a team player who can work under tight deadlines and high performance conditions.

Key Internal Interfaces: ISU Manager , Program Manager, OFDA GIU Team

Key External Interfaces: COR, ISU Regional Teams, TAG Teams

Education: Bachelor’s degree in process or just completed

Experience: Experience with cartography and a wide range of spatial data sources

Skills: Required: Expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), ESRI ArcGIS 10.0, cartographic design, graphic editing, database maintenance, and standard office applications. Extensive knowledge of geospatial data from a wide array of sources. Familiarity with Google Earth and Adobe Design Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop). Experience with geospatial web APIs and creating mash-ups is preferred. Experience with PHP, Flex/Flash, Python scripts and Modelbuilder is desirable. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to work independently or in a team environment.

Preferred: Foreign language and international experience.


Provides geospatial services to USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) as a member of the Geographic Information Unit (GIU).

Communicates the geographic operating picture of OFDA's disaster assistance work through the acquisition, production, and provision of geo-spatial data and cartography.

Performs other duties as required.

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 hand and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. the employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

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