GIS Internship - Fall/Winter 2019

Applications due August 30th

Company & Internship Overview

HIP Consult is an independent management consulting firm based in Washington, DC with expertise in emerging markets telecommunications. We offer strategic, commercial and operational services to companies, international agencies, and governments worldwide.

We are looking for bright, ambitious and qualified GIS Interns to contribute to the development and maintenance of our growing geospatial database of fiber optic and other network infrastructure across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. As an up-and- coming, fresh company, HIP Consult provides a challenging, hands-on opportunity in GIS for a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and works well in a team.

Job Description

The GIS Intern will work with other members of our data team to expand and update HIP Consult’s extensive databases of fiber optic cables and other ICT infrastructure. Through this internship, you will learn how to use serval types of open-source GIS and web-mapping software and broaden your perspective on international development issues by working directly with consultants in the emerging markets field. This position requires the ability to multitask and troubleshoot GIS processes, and a readiness to learn new skills.


  • Use open-source GIS software to create infrastructure datasets

  • Aggregate and download geospatial data from online sources

  • Analyze and geo-process geospatial data

  • Use topological editing methods to clean and standardize data

  • Geotag with metadata

Conduct research to identify and validate locations of critical broadband infrastructure in countries across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia



  • Strong academic record in Geography, GIS, International Affairs, International Development, and/or other relevant field

  • 1+ year of experience with GIS desktop software (QGIS preferred)

  • Enthusiastic, motivated team player who is also an independent thinker

  • Diligent, thorough, and efficient researcher

  • Excellent communication, organization, and problem-solving skills

  • Close attention to detail with a critical degree of accuracy regarding data entry and


  • Ability to adapt quickly to new challenges

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Interest in international development, particularly technology and connectivity in

    emerging and developing markets


  • Experience with spatial querying SQL, PostGIS, PgAdmin

  • Experience working with and manipulating large datasets

  • Professional experience in GIS

  • Academic or professional experience in business analytics

  • Reading and/or speaking proficiency in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, or



This position is available beginning Fall of 2019. Interns would work approximately 20-32 hours per week. GIS interns will be permitted a flexible schedule upon approval and paid on an hourly basis.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and unofficial academic transcript to