Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is seeking one motivated college student or recent graduate with strong problem-solving skills and proven GIS ability to support our advocacy, outreach, and restoration programs using GIS and other design programs. The intern’s primary duties will be research, analysis, mapmaking, and writing. Project priorities will be to support the development of river report cards, water trail mapping, aerial assessments for restoration projects, creation of graphical outreach materials, and more.

This position is part time, approximately 10-15 hours per week in an indoor setting. The period of the internship would be from approximately September to December 2020 with potential for extension if need arises. The position is based at the FOR headquarters in Fredericksburg but flexibility for remote/virtual work is highly encouraged.

Compensation: This position is a volunteer position and is unpaid. However, interns are eligible for a stipend to help offset expenses. Students may also be eligible for academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

How to Apply: Application will remain open until filled. Please submit resume and cover letter to Adam Lynch, FOR River Steward at [email protected]


  • Development of web maps and applications to display interactive public-facing maps and graphics
  • Researching and gathering spatial and non-spatial data from a variety of digital sources
  • Performing vector data analysis and interpretation to produce quantitative indicators of stream and watershed health
  • Making maps and visualizations using ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and Adobe Illustrator
  • Using Microsoft Office and Adobe Illustrator to create compelling and attractive data graphics
  • Writing to help audiences interpret quantitative data

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current college students, recent graduates, or graduate students are eligible to apply
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in GIS coursework
  • Candidate must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework using ArcGIS by the start of this internship

Exceptional candidates would have:

  • The ability to work virtually from a remote/home office
  • Proven experience creating web map applications and Story Maps using ArcGIS software
  • Graduate coursework in GIS
  • Experience working with Adobe Illustrator
  • A GIS certificate and/or B.S. in Geography
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A keen eye for map aesthetics
  • An inclination toward problem solving, critical thinking, and curiosity