Top institutes in India offering Internships in GIS and Remote Sensing

Are you looking for an internship in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing? Many well-known institutes working in this field offer internship to graduates, postgraduates and PhD students. In this article details of some top institutes are given which are offering internship in GIS and Remote Sensing. Read this article to know the details of the institute, internships, eligibility and application procedure, etc.

What is GIS and Remote Sensing?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for collecting, managing and analyzing data of earth features. In this technology, database operations like statistical analysis and query are integrated with the maps. Data is analysed by organising various layers of information and geo-locations and create maps.

Remote sensing is the science of finding the physical properties and measurement of an area without being thereby using sensors. These sensors allow users to collect data, visualize and analyze images and features on Earth's surface which can be classified into land cover.

Scope of GIS and Remote Sensing Courses

GIS and Remote Sensing is a growing field and is used in industries and various sectors. Therefore, it has a wide scope for the students who want to make their career in this field. GIS and remote sensing courses help students in collecting, organising, mapping, analysing the data and develop geoscience skills. GIS and remote sensing can be used in monitoring and managing vehicles, managing networks crime mapping, wildlife habitat conservation etc.

1. Indian Institute of Surveying & Mapping

About IISM

The Indian Institute of Surveying & Mapping, Survey of India, was established in 1967 under the United Nations Development Programme by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Institute is located near Uppal Cross in Hyderabad, State of Telangana. Institute is working on surveying, mapping and cartography. IISM offers summer/winter internship for college students in the field of GIS and remote sensing.

Eligibility Criteria: Students studying in undergraduate or postgraduates are eligible to apply for an internship at IISM.

When to Apply for Internship:Application for an internship must be applied 60 days before the date of commencement of the internship and must reach to the office of the Additional Surveyor General, IIS&M.

Benefits to the Students

Stipend: Stipend will not be provided to the interns/trainees by the IISM.

Hostel Facility: IISM provides hostel facility to the interns. However, the candidates who required hostel facility must inform to the Additional Surveyor General, IIS&M (Attention: Hostel Warden) through a separate letter. Intimation must be sent well in advance.

Boarding & Lodging: All the expenses of boarding and lodging are to be paid by the intern.

How to Apply for Summer/Winter Internship

  • IISM does not entertain applications of students who are sent directly. As per policy of Survey of India, applications for the summer or winter internships are considered only if they are sent through the proper channel by the students.
  • Applications forwarded by the Head of Institutions with duly recommendation of the name(s) of their student(s) for Summer/Winter internship/visits on their official letterheads to the Additional Surveyor General, IIS&M, are considered. Your applications should reach us well in advance.

Contact Information

Additional Surveyor General
G Indian Institute of Surveying & Mapping
Survey of India
Uppal, Hyderabad – 500 039
Phone: +91-40-27201181, +91-40-27201185, +91-40-27201186.
Fax: +91-40- 27200286
E-mail ID:

2. Indian Institute of Remote Sensing

About IIRS

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun was established in 1966 by the Department of Space, Govt. of India as a constituent unit of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is an ISO 9001:2008 institute and engaged in the training, education and research in Southeast Asia. IIRS is also known for e-learning in GIS and Remote Sensing applications for the graduates, postgraduates, researchers and academia etc.

Duration of Internship: IIRS provide the internship or training for a minimum duration of three months and the maximum one year. However, in special cases, a short-term internship of six to eight weeks period may also be considered if the applicant is from any institute of national repute like IITs, IISc, IIST, NITs, SPAs, ISM, etc.

Nature of Internship: All internships are full time.

Hostel Facility: No hostel facility will be provided to the interns by IIRS in their hostels.

Stipend: There is no provision of stipend to the interns at IIRS.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only Indian Nationals can apply for the IIRS internship.
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for the internship.
  • They must have a science background.
  • They must have at least 55% in graduation and 60% in Post-graduation.

How to Apply

The candidates must visit the official website of IIRS and check the official notification of internship or training and fill the application in the prescribed format available on the website. Application received in any other format will not be considered. The completely filled-in application must reach to the Administrative Officer (Academics), IIRS, Dehradun. Care must be taken while filling the application form and each column must be filled as incomplete applications will be rejected.

Documents to be attached

  1. Recommendation Letter from College
  2. Latest CV of the students
  3. Photograph with signature
  4. Self-attested copies of Mark-sheet and Certificate

Note: All above-mentioned documents are mandatory to attach with the application, without which the application will not be entertained.

Schedule of Internship

IIRS accepts applications for internship twice in a year. The deadlines for submission of application are 31st Oct & 31st March of every year.

Selection Procedure

  • Selection of interns at IIRS will depend upon the readiness of IIRS faculty to guide the project work of the intern.
  • Candidate's educational qualification, subjects, academic record, duration of the project and current involvement of IIRS Faculty will also matter to the selection of intern.
  • Selected students will be sent a confirmation letter in their college by speed post.
  • IIRS faculty/guide will also be informed by e-mail.
  • Note: Students who are not selected for internship will not be informed.

Extension: The internship period will not be extended in any case.

Contact Information

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing,
4 Kalidas Road,
Dehradun – 248001
Email ID : admissions@iirs.]
Phone : +91-135- 2524105, 2524106, 2524107, 2746798, 2524351
Fax : +91-135-2741987, 2748041

3. Space Application Centre

About SAC

Space Applications Centre is located in Ahmedabad. It is a premier institute set up by ISRO and works in the field of GIS and Remote Sensing.
At SAC Ahemdabad there are three types of internship available:

Work Experience Internship (WEI): For engineering graduate (BE/BTech) students
Duration: 4-6 months

Dissertation Internship (DI): For postgraduate (ME/ MTech / MSc/ MCA) students
Duration: 6-12 months

Research Internship (RI): For PhD Students
Duration: 4-12 months

All the selected students for the internship will get an opportunity to work under the guidance of a senior scientist/engineer at SAC on the selected topic.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidates who are applying for an internship at SAC, Ahmedabad must have a degree in BE or BTech or MTech or MSc or MCA or ME or PhD.
  • Undergraduate students who are in their final semester can also apply for an internship. They may be considered for full-time projects.
  • The candidate must have minimum first-class throughout education from SSLC onwards.

Benefits to the Students

Stipend: No stipend/transport facility is provided during the training.

Transport Facility: No transport facility is provided during the training.

Library Facility:The interns can avail the library facility, and access to SAC library is available during working days only.

Canteen Facility: Canteen facility is also available at SAC for interns. They will have to pay their own.

How to Apply

  1. The candidates who are willing to join the SAC, Ahmedabad, must apply through proper channel. Their applications will be considered if received through their academic institution only.
  2. To apply formally, the candidates must send their application /request letter through their Head of the Department or Training & Placement Officer.
  3. The application must reach to the SAC at least three months before the commencement of the internship.

Schedule of Internship

SAC accepts applications for internship twice a year from the applicant's institutes. The schedule of receiving applications is as follows:
  • For June Session: April 30th
  • For January Session: October 31st

Report Submission

The candidates will prepare and submit a report of their work done during the internship period. However, no evaluation will be done by SAC. Upon completion of the internship/training, a certificate will be issued to the students.

Terms and Conditions

  • A student can apply only once for an internship in a programme.
  • Candidates will have to produce the formal letter and general letter/ NOC will not be considered.
  • The candidate who wishes to publish any publication must inform the Project Mentor of SAC.

Contact Information

Human Resource Development Division
Space Applications Centre (ISRO)
Jodhpur Tekra
Ambavadi Vistar (Post)
Ahmedabad - 380 015


Author: Umesh05 Oct 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

The article has well presented the internship opportunities in GIS and remote sensing fields. These two areas are now emerging as the thrust areas and there are immense opportunities in these for the interested persons aspiring for a career in these niche areas. Due to advancements in the computer technology GIS and remote sensing has got a big boost as newer technologies are available which can be used for mapping of the Earth surface quickly which was otherwise a herculean task when attempted manually. Remote sensing has been a boon to the users of imagery collected through remote sensors or satellites and is useful for many industries and projects in private as well as Govt organisations.

The persons qualified in GIS and remote sensing can have good career chances in the companies which compile and use this data in various ways. Qualified persons can also try for jobs in consulting firms, research libraries, software development firms and scientific laboratories.

Guest Author: Anushikha Joshi23 Jan 2021

May I know if a commerce background student can apply for an internship in GIS?

Guest Author: Prakriti ghosh29 Jun 2021

I am an Arts student with the subjects of mathematics and geography. Can I apply for an internship in GIS?

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