• GIS Mapping Intern

    Job Locations US-WI-Madison
    TDS Telecom
  • Overview

    Please note:  This is a year round internship. Must be able to commit to at least 15 hours a week.]


    The GIS and CAD Records team is looking for interns eager to develop their GIS skills. GIS is just beginning to take hold in the telecom industry and at TDS. We are responsible for the maintenance and distribution of the company’s outside plant records. These are records of the equipment that makes a phone network function. Want to know what path the internet takes to get to your home? Come see us. The team’s work includes migrating legacy network plant data into our geodatabase, correcting and maintaining  both the spatial and attribute accuracy of this data, and using the data to help improve network architecture and engineering processes. Ideal applicants will be familiar with ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcPro, AGOL). Working knowledge of programming and query languages (Python, SQL), relational databases, or CAD is a plus. Apply today, this job is literally where it’s at!


    School is top priority so TDS offers very flexible schedules, while requiring you to work at least 15 hours per week.


    As an organization, TDS knows that our own employees are some of the most talented individuals around which is why approximately 40% of our positions over the past year have been filled by internal candidates.  This internship will not only give you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in school in a real-world business setting, but it will give you exposure to many other opportunities within the organization that can provide a long-term career path.  


    At TDS we don’t just invest in the success of our customers; we also invest in the success of our community.  Local presence and connection to our community is vital to who we are at TDS.  TDS has a laser focus on our customers that is supported by a great culture driven by the TDS mission and shared values.  TDS strongly believes in partnering with local communities throughout the country and encourages all employees to participate in volunteer opportunities.    In 2017 TDS had 543 employees volunteer and contribute in their neighborhoods.


    Why Join TDS?
    Our IT Interns partner with seasoned professionals and provide support and input on high-priority technology projects. An internship at TDS offers you:

    • Valuable hands-on experience working on multiple projects
    • Access to a wide variety of software and hardware programs
    • Competitive compensation
    • Access to an Intern Employee Resource Group (ERG) with the purpose to support a diverse and inclusive community of interns by providing resources for development, opportunities for internal advancement and forums to connect with other interns.  This group meets once a month and allows you to hear from other interns about their projects as well as leaders within the organization about their team.  They host networking events to get you connected within the organization with the goal of finding fulltime employment within TDS by graduation. Additionally, there are monthly social events with other interns throughout the Madison area
    •  An employer that places priority on employee development and training with a key focus on internal promotion
    • Company culture emphasizes ethics & promotes a healthy life/work balance with a business casual work environment
    • A challenging, fast-paced environment due to the continually evolving nature of the telecommunications industry and related technology
    • Opportunity to work with talented and dedicated team members committed to each individual’s success
    • TDS Telecom actively supports many local charities, local university activities, and community events and encourages all employees to participate in volunteer opportunities
    • Obtain frequent exposure to, and interaction with, management across TDS Telecom



    GIS Mapping Internship Highlights

    In this role students will:

    • Develop scripts that will automate of tasks within the GIS software and TDS data model. Develop dashboards that will be used for non-GIS personal to query data.
    • Normalize files with TDS standard Map scales levels, Symbology, Parcel data sets.
    • Analyze and correlate data from a variety of sources to be linked to features.
    • Develop databases for managing a verity of project data and data entry in to the database.


    Required Qualifications

    • 1 + semester of GIS (must have received passing grade)
    • Familiarity of ESRI / ArcGIS 10.x (desktop; mobile is a plus)
    • MS Office (Word, Access, Excel)


    Other Qualifications

    • Currently pursuing (or recent graduate)AA, BS, or BA degree in Geographic Information System (GIS)
    • Web Application Programming Interface (API)
    • C+ programming experience
    • Java, Python, and HTML5 experience desired
    • MS Access database creation and design
    • Strong technical aptitude, including the ability to quickly and efficiently learn applications, systems, policies and procedures
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication
    • Ability to work both independently and on team assignments


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