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Harman is FSU's First Intern with National Geographic Society
12/19/2002

Frostburg State University senior Matt Harman, a geography major from Eckhart, has been accepted to the National Geographic Society's Geography Intern Program, the first FSU geography major selected for this coveted position.

Harman will be one of fewer than 10 students invited to participate by the National Geographic Society from the hundreds of applications from geography majors around the world. He will serve the program as a mapping scientist during summer 2003. His primary responsibility will be working with the cartography group preparing maps and illustrations for the National Geographic magazine.

In addition to his geography major, Harman is also pursuing a concentration in the mapping sciences and a minor in computer science. He is active in the Geography Department as the current president of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) - an honors society for geography majors. Outside of the department, he works for Allegany County in the Planning Department and held a summer position with Environmental Research Systems Institute (ESRI) in Vienna, Va., working as a systems analyst on ESRI's ArcIMS Internet mapping server architecture.

Since 1978, the Department of Geography has had a strong internship program helping to place qualified students majoring in earth science, environmental analysis and planning, geography, mapping sciences and urban and regional planning. By linking students with a specific hosting agency, students have the opportunity to tackle projects that mirror tasks typical of professionals in their chosen field. Providing students with the chance to experience the work environment greatly enhances their resume and future employment opportunities. Recent Department of Geography interns have held positions with the U.S. Army Topographic and Engineering Center, Baltimore Ecosystem, the Allegany County Planning Department and the city of Frostburg.

For more information on the Department of Geography's internship program, contact Dr. Fritz Kessler, 230 Gunter Hall, (301) 687-4266.

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