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Student Programs

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12-week summer internship

Innovation and collaboration

Real work. Real experience.

Work on projects that matter, such as creating an app to speed emergency aid or conducting research for a marketing campaign.

Work hard and play hard

Fun mixers, Mario Kart pizza night, the oh-so-popular hackathon, and bittersweet farewell gatherings are in your future.

Accelerated personal growth

From goal-setting workshops and résumé feedback to career advice, you'll have access to many valuable tools to jump-start your future.

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Esri Intern Hackathon

Collaborate in teams to come up with new ideas during a weekend of innovation and friendly competition.


Apply for an internship

Each year we hire interns to work in our Southern California headquarters and regional offices across the US. We offer full-time, paid internships, and our program is open to third- and fourth-year students as well as those graduating in the spring semester. 

We generally accept applications from September 1 through December 31 each year. Positions are filled as qualified candidates are identified, so apply early. 

Internships are listed in Esri’s job search when available. 

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1-week assistantship

Volunteer at an Esri conference

Be part of an event’s success

Work alongside Esri staff to help with attendee registration, technical session monitoring, conference logistics, and the Esri Store.

Hear from industry experts

Whether on the Plenary Session stage or at technical sessions, you'll be among the first to hear from Esri staff about product advancements.

Connect with like-minded individuals

Network with industry professionals and fellow students from around the world who share a passion for technology.

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Esri User Conference

Held in July in San Diego, California, this conference is the largest gathering of GIS professionals in the world.

Apply for an assistantship

We offer event volunteer assistantships at events across the country, all year round.

February: Esri Federal GIS Conference

March: Esri Developer Summit

May: Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

July: Esri User Conference

To be eligible, you must be a graduate student, fourth-year undergrad, or an advanced GIS program student at a two-year college. All students should have an interest in applying geospatial applications and concepts to their studies.

The application process for event volunteer assistantships opens in the fall. Positions are listed in Esri’s job search when available.

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Student Programs FAQ

No, but if you are not a citizen and are selected for an internship, you will need to obtain a valid work visa through your university. Esri does not pay for students' work visas for internships, although we can help with any documentation your university might need from us.

Our program is extremely competitive. Setting yourself apart with a strong cover letter can help differentiate you from other applicants. It should outline the following:

  • Why you would like to spend the summer with Esri
  • The department at Esri in which you'd like to work
  • What distinguishes you from other candidates

It is not necessary to address your cover letter to a specific individual. Addressing your letter to Dear Hiring Manager or Dear Human Resources is sufficient.

If we feel your qualifications make you a good candidate, we will send your application to relevant hiring managers. If they are interested in learning more about you, they will contact you to set up a phone interview, which typically takes place in December and January. This process can span several weeks.

The timing of your application does factor into being considered for an internship. Positions are closed once a student accepts an offer, so it is better to apply early. Many internships are filled before we receive applications from other students who want to work in the same department.

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