Data Visualization 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through effective records and information management programs; and help preserve many of our nation's most treasured historical documents through our data capture and digital conversion services.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; Lakewood, CO; 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 Transition Initiatives (OTI) is seeking a Data Visualization Intern to work with OTI’s Geographic Information Unit (GIU). The USAID Office of Transition Initiatives supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy in priority countries in crisis. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs. OTI operates in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Tunisia, Kenya, and others.

The Data Visualization Intern would be responsible for building interactive visualizations and assisting with analysis of OTI program information for the visualization of real-time data, and traditional development indicators. The position will also perform research on tools and techniques in support of visualization and analysis and will work closely with OTI's Senior Technology Advisor, Web Developer, four GIS Analysts and a Graphic Designer. The candidate will be part of a close-knit Geographic Information Unit that uses geospatial data to assist Program Managers in explaining the “what, why and where” of OTI’s work and inform program decision-making.


(i) Work collaboratively with OTI staff to turn program and situational narratives into visually compelling, static and dynamic data presentations

(ii) Development of visual analytics tools to support OTI Program management and decision-making. These tools should import different datasets and will produce interactive visualizations allowing the visual understanding of different types of new data.

Data to be visualized might include:
Social media streams (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Program outputs, clusters and activity locations

Survey results

Short narratives


Population movements over time


Academic qualifications

Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in relevant discipline with specialization in information visualization.

Required competencies and knowledge:
Experience in data visualization and analysis, including interactive visualization and the creation of high-quality infographics.

Knowledge of processing language for graphics design or other visual analytics tools and languages. Please attach a portfolio.

Experience with scripting, coding, and web design required for data access.

Valuable competences and knowledge:
Experience with JavaScript/CSS, Flash, Python, or Java programming languages.

Experience working with Big Data, social network data, and geospatial data/satellite imagery.

Experience working in the fields of global development or crisis mapping.