Ather Sharif (Azavea, Philadelphia, PA)

As part of the Fall 2015 semester, I did an internship at Azavea, which is a local tech firm in Philadelphia focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS. During the course of my internship, I worked on testing Azavea’s products for accessibility, namely OpenTreeMap and Stormwater Tools. I was responsible for formally expressing my findings in a report and then implement the changes in the actual application using the GIT repository. I also learned mapping skills and developed a campus map for accessibility for SJU. Towards the end of my internship, I started my research on making maps accessible for screen reader users.

All in all, it was a great learning experience for me. I got to do things that I’m passionate about as well as learn new skills and explore new fields.