ESI seeks one (1) graduate or undergraduate geospatial research assistants for the summer semester to support a joint effort with the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania to construct a national dataset of local land use/zoning regulations.


  • Clean, organize, and manipulate spatial data from local governments in R and GIS
  • Perform spatial joins to combine spatial datasets
  • Review spatial data for completeness and accuracy
  • Ensure timely data collection
  • Correspond with local government employees as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated competence with R and GIS applications using geospatial functions and datasets
  • Ability to understand and execute existing programming scripts and suggest modifications and necessary
  • Self-starter, internally motivated
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Thrives in collaborative, project-oriented settings with small groups of professionals, yet maintains ability to work independently
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills

Useful, but Not Necessary Qualifications (i.e., applicants lacking these qualifications are still encouraged to apply!)

  • Familiarity with municipal legal codes, such as zoning ordinances
  • Familiarity with online mapping tools is a plus, but not required
  • Currently pursuing a degree in economics, real estate, urban planning, public policy, geospatial analytics, or other related field
  • Interest in or experience with urban economics, land use regulations, or housing is a plus

Benefits of Internship

  • A project-based and team-oriented work culture
  • Exposure to many of the important urban economic and land-use related issues confronting the United States
  • Experience working on a large, data-driven project
  • The opportunity to learn from the experience and expertise of the partners and consultants
  • Strong organizational connection to local universities and colleges

Particulars of Employment

  • Internship dates: May/June through August 2023. We will work the selected candidate to set dates upon acceptance.
  • Required work commitment: 20-35 hours per week. Applicants should make clear their expected weekly commitment in their cover letter.
  • Dress: Business casual
  • Interns are required to work most of their committed hours at our office at 1435 Walnut Street due to technical requirements of the work.


  • $20 per hour (graduate)
  • $15 per hour (undergraduate)

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to freddiejob@econsultsolutions.com, attn: David Stanek.

The subject line of the email should include: “Geospatial Research Assistant”

To apply for this job email your details to freddiejob@econsultsolutions.com