Applications are now open for Nonprofits seeking pro-bono GIS analysis through the Summer of Maps program. Summer of Maps offers fellowships to student GIS analysts to perform geographic data analysis for non-profit organizations. The program matches non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis and visualization needs with talented students of GIS analysis to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer. Below is the timeline for the 2015 program:
- Jan 5 – Feb 8: Non-profit organizations can submit brief proposals for spatial analysis projects to Azavea
- Feb 9 – Feb 26: Azavea program administrators review organizations and narrows the list to finalists
- Feb 27 – Mar 15: Students submit applications including proposals to work on finalist projects
- Mar 17 – Mar 31: Student candidate reviews and interviews
- Apr 13: Successful Summer of Maps fellows are notified
- May 1: Public announcement of fellows and organizations
- June – August: Summer of Maps fellows work on spatial analysis projects
- For the most up to date schedule, please consult the Summer of Maps site.
What benefits do non-profit orgs receive?
- Pro-bono services from a talented student GIS analyst to geographically analyze and visualize your data
- Visualization of data in new ways and combination of data with other demographic and geographic data to draw new observations
- High quality maps that can be used to make a case to funders or support new initiatives
What benefits do students receive?
- Opportunity to work spatial analysis projects that support the social missions of a non-profit organizations
- Work directly with Azavea mentors to improve GIS skills
- Receive a monthly stipend
- Gain work experience implementing and managing a GIS project
If you are a non-profit organization and have a project you would like to see implemented, please submit an application. The deadline is Sunday Feb 8th, 2015 11pm EST. Nonprofits can check out the finalist organization proposals from 2014 for inspiration. Keep in mind that students will be selecting from the finalist projects so identifying a project that is interesting and engaging is key in having your project be selected. If you are a student, stay tuned – applications will open Feb 27th, 2015.
To learn more about Azavea Summer of Maps check out the web site. The Summer of Maps website has additional information on:
- Past Summer of Maps fellows and mentors
- 2014 projects
We’d like to expand Summer of Maps and we’re looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a fellow or a mentor, please be in touch.