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 nonprofit organizations. The program matches nonprofit 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 2016 program:
- Now – Feb 7: Nonprofit organizations can submit brief proposals for spatial analysis projects to Azavea
- Feb 7 – Feb 25: Azavea program administrators review organizations and narrows the list to finalists
- Feb 26 – Mar 15: Students submit applications including proposals to work on finalist projects
- Mar 13 – April 11: Student candidate reviews and interviews
- April 11: 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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit organization and have a project you would like to see implemented, please submit an application. The deadline is Sunday Feb 7th, 2016 11pm EST. Nonprofits can check out the finalist organization proposals from 2015 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 19th, 2016.
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.