The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 |

About Summer of Maps 

We are pleased to announce the first Azavea Summer of Maps.  Inspired by the Google Summer of Code, Summer of Maps is a program that offers stipends to student GIS analysts to perform geospatial data analysis for non-profit organizations.  We are going to match up a few non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis needs with talented students of GIS to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer of 2012.

Organization Eligibility

The application is open to registered non-profit organizations based in the United States.

Student Eligibility

The fellowship program is open to full-time or part-time students. Azavea defines a student as an individual accepted into or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States, including community colleges, universities, masters, PhD and undergraduate programs. If you are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program as of April 23, 2012, you are eligible to participate in the program, even if you will graduate during the program. Azavea may ask you to provide transcripts or other documentation from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. You do not need to be in a Geography or GIS program in order to apply, but you should have experience performing analysis using ArcGIS for Desktop.

Additional guidelines will be released when the Student Application is posted.

Student Fellowship Conditions

  • Work will take place in Azavea’s offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Azavea will provide:
    • Workstation
    • GIS software licenses
    • Mentor from the Azavea Spatial Analysis team
  • Only the top 2 students will be selected for a fellowship
  • Each student will receive a stipend of $5,000 - the stipend is intended to support your expenses during the summer. A check will be issued monthly in May, June, July and August.
  • You will be required to work at least 12 full weeks between May 14 and August 31.
  • The stipend is dependent on satisfactory progress toward completing your analysis project. If you are unable to complete your fellowship, stipends will be reduced accordingly.
  • You may be asked to carry out other data-related work during the course of the program if your project with the non-profit is completed early or progress is delayed.

Summer of Maps Key Dates

Date Event
Tues, Feb 28, 2012 Organization application opens
Fri, Mar 16, 2012, 5pm ET Organization application closes
Mar 17 – 20, 2012 Azavea reviews organizations
Mar 21 – Apr 2, 2012 Students submit applications
April 3 – 13, 2012 Top candidates are interviewed in Philadelphia
April 16, 2012 Azavea announces accepted fellows and organizations
May 14 – Aug 31, 2012 Summer of Maps fellows work on projects
This is our first time doing this, so we might need to adjust this schedule, but we'll try to keep this web page updated on the progress.