International intern at Esri under the Technical Marketing department team for the Disaster Response Program (DRP).
My main assignment is to develop a portfolio of all the applications on which Esri should focus some of its resources in the future. UAV/drones are a huge developing market and, although flying a drone privately is not yet allowed in the USA, it’s necessary to be ready for whatever may happen. This involves a lot of research and development. I have to be aware of what’s out there and figure out how Esri can implement all the applications within its existing software.
This main project used to overlap with activities focused more on marketing, such as promoting new products or setting up demonstrations. Lately I’ve been working on a project where my department is trying to promote an online template called GeoForm, a non-map-centric approach to adding data into a map.
Besides all that, every member of the DRP department must be always alert. When a disaster occurs, the entire department focuses all the resources on supporting the disaster response activities (creating ArcGIS online organizational accounts, dashboard support, etc.).
The work environment is great. There are many young people and it’s very easy to hang out with everyone. I have a very nice group of friends and we have travelled quite a lot: we’ve camped in Joshua Tree National Park, surfed at San Onofre beach, visited San Diego, celebrated Thanksgiving in San Francisco visiting old ITC friends, and more. Besides all these trips we are always doing things in Redlands. Local breweries are pretty popular here and skateboarding is just part of the culture − plus the weather is awesome so you can always be outside.
This internship has been a great opportunity. I am learning tons of things, and not only technical stuff. I am also learning a lot about how the private sector works. Redlands is a great place, a small city but with a big young community and a lot of people sharing the same passion for GIS and remote sensing. From my experience so far, I would like to highlight the fact that everyone takes my opinions very seriously. Although I’m an intern, ITC students are highly valued here and our opinion counts.