GIS Internship Programme

  • GCRO
  • Date of publication: 29 June 2018

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a research centre set up in partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) and organised local government in Gauteng (SALGA). GCRO’s mission is to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and citizens need to develop a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Gauteng City-Region. We undertake research ourselves, work in partnership with others, collect data and use it to benchmark the region locally and internationally, and provide policy support to government, working to the highest academic standards. GCRO wishes to expand its skills base with a highly skilled and motivated GIS intern who shares a commitment to help develop a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous Gauteng City-Region.

The purpose of this 12 to 18 month GIS internship is to provide newly qualified post-graduate students with the opportunity to gain meaningful workplace experience, and to develop their applied GIS skills. The work programme of the intern will be in line with the research and other work objectives of the GCRO, and includes assisting with map production and GCRO outputs such as the map of the month; updating the GCRO GIS databases and websites; and performing GIS spatial analyses for a variety of GCRO research projects. The intern will engage with the GCRO staff, other academics as well as government officials during their internship. The intern will be expected to support the work of other staff, but also advance an analytical project of their own, ideally leading to an academic publication based on their work.

Candidates are expected to have completed a Masters degree in a relevant field such as urban planning, geography, environmental science or related applied natural science, with a particular focus on GIS/Geoinformatics. Exceptional GIS Honours graduates may also be considered. The requirements for the internship are as follows:

• Basic experience in GIS mapping and analysis using ESRI ArcGIS desktop software

• Demonstrated practical use of GIS in a research context

• Good communication skills (oral and written).

A competitive internship remuneration package is available. To apply, submit a covering letter addressing the selection criteria specifically; a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees willing to provide references; examples of GIS maps produced by the candidate; and certified copies of academic qualifications, i.e. degrees/diplomas and academic record/transcript, to:

The closing date for all applications is 14:00, Wednesday 11 July 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a short GIS practical exercise as part of the interview process. The GCRO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


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