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Alumni: Where Are They Now?


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The Washington College GIS Program is proud to announce that one of our alumnus, Parker Hornstein, has accepted a position with the largest GIS software company, ESRI, creators of the ArcGIS software. Hornstein is a 2017 Washington College graduate and GIS Program alumnus. He claims that he obtained this position from being “in the right place at the right time”. At the ESRI Developer’s Summit in D.C. in March of 2017, Hornstein was recommended for a summer internship at the company when he ran into an old professor. His experience as an intern at the GIS program gave him a boost into this new position. He was offered a full-time position with the company after his summer internship.  

At ESRI, Hornstein is a Solution Engineer for the defense team. His job tasks are to understand the company’s technology, market it to potential customers, and help support their active customers with geospatial analysis needs. As a member on the defense team, many clients are already established, so every day is new and exciting as he gets to create solutions to problems clients may have.  

His internship at the WC GIS program gave him the opportunity to develop a strong fundamental understanding of geospatial analysis. Applying for jobs outside of college was much easier with his experience at the WC GIS program on his resume. According to Hornstein, the work done at the GIS program is “real world work and can be marketed as such”, which will make any recent graduate standout. 

As an alumnus his advice to current student interns at the GIS Program would be to “embrace everything you can.” Student interns should take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and ask questions. He recommends that interns read up on topics and then propose their own methods and ideas. If you’re passionate about GIS and working in the GIS field after college, he recommends taking a basic computer science course. “GIS programmers are in hot demand right now as the future of GIS is moving to the web” says Hornstein. 

Hard work here at the WC GIS Program has allowed our interns to excel outside of Washington College. We wish Parker Hornstein the best of luck in his new position!