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Leonel Deleon, Del Mar College

Internships are key points on the career maps of Leonel Deleon (pictured left) and Alby Cartwright, Del Mar College geoscience students who participated in the NISGTC.

In the spring of 2015 Deleon completed an internship with a Texas A&M AgriLife Research team that used GIS technologies to calculate the presence of crop-damaging insects in cotton, sorghum and corn fields. His internship was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The data Deleon collected in the fields and the maps he made to show the concentration of three different types of insects were shared with farmers to inform their pesticide use. “After Del Mar I plan to apply for a job with AgriLife just to see what it’s like to do GIS on a full-time basis. This has changed my direction in life,” Deleon said.

"After Del Mar I plan to apply for a job with AgriLife just to see what it’s like to do GIS on a full-time basis. This has changed my direction in life."

Cartwright, who had four GIS internships while completing her associate degree at Del Mar, likes the combination of working outdoors and in an office, and on teams and alone that GIS careers involve. For her final internship she compiled South Texas precipitation data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She plans to pursue a GIS career after earning a bachelor’s degree. “Before the internships, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what I wanted to do in my life,” Cartwright said. “They defined what I’m looking for.”