The geospatial programs at NC State have been designed around the concept of experiential learning. We define GIST experiential learning as incorporating real-world experiences into the educational process both within and outside the classroom. We feel that these types of experiences are essential to developing high caliber geospatial professionals by providing real client-based interaction to complement the theoretical and practical applications being studied in our programs.
There are several ways we accomplish this in our degree programs. All students in our MGIST program must complete a Capstone Project during their final semester in the program. This GIST experiential learning practice links students directly with community and industry partners to provide real-world solutions to an existing problem. Students in all of our programs also can apply to participate in the Industry Experience Program. This program is designed to provide our students with exclusive, long-term, internships in the geospatial industry with one of our partners to experience cutting-edge, real-world problem-solving to supplement their ongoing coursework in the degree program.
Whether you are a prospective student, current student, or potential community and/or industry partner, follow the links below to learn more about the GIST experiential learning opportunities.