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GRACE : GIS/T Resources & Applications for Career Education


Q: Do students have to be able to go to the EMU campus? Or is it something students do completely online in their own home/school?

A: Basically students undergo 30.5 or 35.3 hours of  GIS/T training  with Esri online courses which they can complete at their school or at home. Some of the online modules require that the students use a free software that they would have to download to their personal computer or the school can download it for them to their computer lab.


Q: Can you tell more information about the paid internships described below? I tried clicking on the links and saw the various course descriptions but I'm still not exactly sure what the program is and what students have to do?

A: If the student completes all of the training they will become eligible for a paid internship during the summer. This would entail 120 hours of work over 6 weeks. Once the internship is completed the student would receive $1200 which amounts to $10/hr for the 120 hours of work. The training is not paid but each course results in professional training certificate that can be used on their resume.  There is flexibility in the time frame, training options, and location of the internship experience.

Q: Where do students register?


  • To register a student clicks on the white text "student registration" on the green menu bar  (see image below) at http://www.nsfgrace.net/helpdesk/index.php
  • There are also opportunities for educators to be paid for supporting students during their training and/or during their summer internship. These positions are called Intern Champion and Intern Supervisor respectively.

Q: What grade levels in high schools and , most importantly, what math/science/reading abilities do you recommend for this?


  • Any high school student could participate in GRACE, but the grade level does make a difference in terms of internship eligibility. As spelled out on this page http://www.nsfgrace.net/Letter.html there are 3 types of internship opportunities. You'll note that the first 2 options are only open to juniors or seniors.
  • As for math/science/reading abilities, the training courses we require, as outlined here http://www.nsfgrace.net/helpdesk/index.php, do not presuppose a certain math or science education level so the students do not need to be at a specific math or science level. The courses are written in an easily accessible language, so the students do need to be able to read and follow instructions, but they do not need to be able to understand any highly technical jargon.

Q: Do students do the training during the school year before summer break starts?

A: Since students cannot begin an internship until they have completed the training, we have found that it is best that they do the training before the school year ends so that they have the flexibility of the entire summer for the internship. However, having said that, in some cases it is acceptable for the students to finish their courses during the beginning part of the summer provided that they have them finished before their internship begins.

Q: Is the 6 week period a fixed period or can students do this during any 6 weeks period? or break it up over the summer?

A: This answer depends upon the type of internship the student receives. If the student receives an internship with an outside company (option 1, Professional Intern on the webpage referenced above), they need to complete the work following the stipulations of the company. If the student has an option 2 or option 3 internship, there might be more flexibility. We will consider these questions on a case by case basis.