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This update about student practicums for business comes from our friends at BCIT in Burnaby (Vancouver) B.C, Canada @bcit_gis
The current year of BCIT GIS students will be starting classes this September. Part of their course load is to locate a sponsor (a company or government agency), who will undertake either a project or practicum with the student in the January – May/June 2017 timeframe. I am contacting you, to see if you would consider having a BCIT student undertake either a project or a practicum with you. We would like to have the students assigned to a sponsor by the end of October at the latest.
A BCIT GIS Practicum or Project offers a valuable opportunity for sponsors to play a role in GIS technology education while benefiting from the student’s knowledge and skills. There is no cost to the sponsor for a GIS Practicum or Project. Liability for students will be covered under the Institute’s Coverage For Students On Approved Industry Project Practicums.
My suggested schedule to line up a student for a project or practicum is as follows:
– Submit a Project / Practicum sponsor form to me via email by Sept 16 at the latest
– I will release all sponsor applications to the students on Sept 19
– Students will contact you to indicate their interest
– Start interviewing as soon as you have a few students you think are a fit. I suggest interviews to proceed between Sept 26 – Oct 14.
– Select your student and offer them the project or practicum via email
– Student replies with acceptance via email, cc’ing me so I have record of their acceptance. Done by Oct 28 at the latest
It goes without saying that the sooner you interview and sign up a student, the more likely you will get your 1st choice student. Students tend to get signed up quickly with sponsors, so I would not recommend waiting till mid-October to start interviewing.
Here is the link to the Project / Practicum PDFs that have the application form on the last page.
Project vs. Practicum Overview
A practicum is suitable for a sponsor who has technical expertise and time sufficient to provide detailed work supervision for the work undertaken by the student. The practicum uses an employer/employee mentor relationship for a paradigm, with the student working in your office. Companies/agencies that have had students work in their office in production setting have included:
– Environment Canada: applying GIS to Watersheds, Sub-watersheds and Catchments in BC and Bi-national Basins,
– World Wildlife Fund Canada: performing day to day GIS tasks pertaining to various Marine and Freshwater projects,
– Township of Langley: applying GIS skills to tasks in a municipal setting, and
– Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd: creation of 3D workspaces showing the progression of a mining property development.
A project is a unit of work carried out independently by the student here at BCIT. The Project sponsor will approve the project, will be advised of the Project status on an ongoing basis, and will review the completed project. BCIT faculty provides technical direction and project supervision. Past projects have included:
– DGE 3DMM: develop a process to classify road conditions from LiDAR point clouds, and
– City of Kelowna: using LiDAR and building outlines, determine the solar potential of buildings.
Both models can be flexibly defined to achieve an optimal solution for the three stakeholders: BCIT faculty, students and sponsors. You may also find a great student that you would like to hire after they graduate!
Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about the program. I hope we can have an opportunity to have a GIS student work with you.
Karl Kliparchuk, M.Sc.
BCIT GIS Program Head & Instructor