Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium

About the Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium

The Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium (GTTC) is missioned to create high-pay, high-demand, and high-mobility (3H) geospatial technologies career opportunities for students. The GTTC program culminates in a geographic information system (GIS) capstone paid summer student internship, where students accomplish GIS work in local companies and organizations.

GTTC Student Internship Showcase (Summer 2022)

Students Participated in University Coursework

Wayne County Student Internships

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships.

GIS technology is a crucial part of spatial data infrastructure, which the White House defines as “the technology, policies, standards, human resources, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve spatial data.”

GIS can use any information that includes location. The location can be expressed in many different ways, such as latitude and longitude, address, or ZIP code.

Many different types of information can be compared and contrasted using GIS. The system can include data about people, such as population, income, or education level. It can include information about the landscape, such as the location of streams, different kinds of vegetation, and different kinds of soil. It can include information about the sites of factories, farms, and schools, or storm drains, roads, and electric power lines.

With GIS technology, people can compare the locations of different things in order to discover how they relate to each other. For example, using GIS, a single map could include sites that produce pollution, such as factories, and sites that are sensitive to pollution, such as wetlands and rivers. Such a map would help people determine where water supplies are most at risk.

What Our Industry Partners Are Saying…

I just wanted to write to let you know this has been a great experience for me personally and the Information Systems Department here at the City of Livonia. I hope you keep this program going for future GIS students.

Paulina Appel
Computer Administrator II

City of Livonia

The interns have been great! I am hoping our students have had a good experience and learned a few things. They have done a great job and we were wondering if there is a way to extend the internship…. We have a lot more data to get through and will be interested in doing this again next summer also.

Bryan Agosti
GIS Coordinator

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

Internship Projects

The GTTC, stakeholder partners, schools and employers collaborated to create a successful pilot of student high-tech internships in the summer of 2021. Fourteen student interns in southeast Michigan completed 120 hours of paid internships in six companies and agencies:




Urban air mobility

Students studied GIS layers that are best suited to urban air mobility and utilizing ArcGIS with Airspace Link’s technology stack, using Federal GIS Data and ground-based GIS data. Students also communicated with city staff members, recommended urban air mobility corridors, wrote technical documentation, and delivered a final presentation.

City of Livonia

Public water mains attribution

Students worked on editing attribute data for public water mains using engineering as-built drawings. Using ArcGIS Pro, students built their GIS skills editing public utilities, interpreting paper and scanned as-built drawings/maps, relating that information to the GIS data, and seeing how GIS is used in local government.

Mannik & Smith Group

Searchable web map

Students created a searchable web map of previous Mannik & Smith Group project locations based on a database of addresses. Students worked on ArcGIS Online web mapping, creation of web maps, and created an Esri interactive web map for Mannik & Smith Group employees showing locations of previous work sites.


Shoreline change detection

Student delineated shorelines over the past ten years using high-resolution aerial photography (NAIP- The National Agriculture Imagery Program) and the modern Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) images. The project detected and mapped the shoreline changes, either erosion (retreat) or accretion (advance), through Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The project included editing the shorelines generated from image processing and making them connected and smoothed over study areas.

Monroe Planning Dept.

Land use planning

Students participated in taking legal descriptions of property boundaries and digitizing them to update the county’s parcel map system, with a focus on future land use planning, tax assessments, and the enhanced 911 system. Students also worked on mapping projects, such as centennial farms, quarries, and sites of historical interest in the county.

NAVV Systems

Mapping data for mobile workflow

Students worked on ensuring that the mapping data is according to the “ground truth”. Students gained experience in an emerging area of GIS and the future of mobility in healthcare. The project included using QGIS software and changing attributes in a system that is built on GIS and Apple’s indoor positioning technology, which is currently being used in five hospitals.

Special Thanks to Our Partners!

We recognize our outstanding employer partners who have contributed their time, expertise, and collaboration in hosting our summer interns. Their partnership in advancing GIS internships for students will increase the GIS talent pipeline in the region and open doors for students in STEM careers.

Detroit Region Aertopolis
Mannik Smith Group, Technical Skill. Creative Spirit. - Michigan Communities Associate of Mapping Professionals
Monroe County
NAVV Systems