August Undergraduate Profile of the Month
The Department of Geographical Sciences recognizes Alexandra Rodriguez for her outstanding achievements in the National Geographic Maps' 2013 Summer Internship Program!
Here's Alexandra's story:
“My name is Alexandra Rodriguez. I am currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park. I am a Geographical Information Systems/Computer Cartography major with a soon to be Spanish Language and Culture minor. I am of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. I’m primarily interested in human geography, particularly in the areas of demography, population, development, and global cultures. My region of focus is the Americas. My goal is to incorporate human geography and GIS in a way that will help the Latino community.
This summer I was given the greatest opportunity ever! I was accepted to the National Geographic Maps’ 2013 Summer Internship Program. I just finished my first month and it was amazing! I am learning about National Geographic’s cartographic research and editorial processes, including the behind-the-scenes processes that go into creating maps. I started off my internship by spell-checking bodies of water in the U.S. for the upcoming National Geographic Atlas of the World 10th Edition. Since then, I’ve been working on researching and editing an upcoming America Railroad Legacy Map and on NG’s Miami & the Keys Destination Map. I have to make sure every piece of information, from text to maps, is up-to-date. So the next time anyone is in Miami and you happen to pick up a copy, you’re welcome!"
Alexandra is an exemplary student who embodies what it means to put learning into practice. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!