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GAC students and opportunities

"As a student GIS technician in the GAC, I was able to develop new skills and build a substantial professional network while working on a wide variety of projects" - Sam Giebner, '14

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is a student workforce-driven geographic information systems (GIS) services organization with statewide visibility and relevance. We aim to provide UMD undergraduate students with hands-on, relevant work experience through grants and contracts with UMD academic departments and business units, state and local governments, and non-profit community organizations.

GAC has employed 1-8 undergraduate students per semester since 2004, depending on grant and contract work available. GAC also exposes students to other GIS professional opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend the Northern Minnesota GIS User Group (quarterly), UMN U-Spatial events, and the Mn GIS/LIS Annual Conference. For more information, please contact Stacey Stark at Many former student workers still in Minnesota have returned to UMD to speak to GIS students, and have given enthusiastic testimony for the Geospatial Analysis Center. Nineteen students who worked at least a semester with GAC are now fully employed in GIS-related jobs, and fourteen of those work in the MN GIS Professional Community.

If you are interested in working with the GAC, please inquire here:


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Current Student Staff

Nels  Nels Danielson is a junior at UMD pursuing a double-major in GIS and Computer Science. He began working part time at the GAC during the Fall 2018 semester.

Sophia Sophia Green is a senior, double majoring in Biology and Political Science, while also pursuing a GIS Certificate. She is from Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, and has lived in Duluth since 2015. Her hobbies include birding, hiking, canoeing, fishing and traveling.