We’re going to ingest billions of new pixels from aerial, drone, and satellite sources into Mapbox Satellite and other imagery-based products. We’re looking for creative coders with strong research and communication skills to join Mapbox’s tight-knit team of developers, engineers, designers, cartographers, and communicators – all of whom know scale and how to ship. Together, we’re working to build the mapping tools and platform to ensure the future of mapping is open.

San Francisco, CA, USGS High-Resolution Orthoimagery Program

As an imagery intern, you’ll be joining the satellite team in San Francisco, CA, as we continue to acquire and ingest hundreds of terabytes of new aerial and satellite imagery into our global imagery base map, Mapbox Satellite.

From day one, you’ll have access to the massive computing power of our image processing pipeline. You’ll gain experience in imagery processing using open source tools like GDAL, rasterio, and Mapbox Studio Classic.

You’ll work closely with folks from across the company to identify and acquire new imagery sources across the world. Leveraging our earlier work with open government data, you’ll develop an acute awareness of the U.S. and global open data and proprietary data infrastructures as you engage stakeholders and national and local governments in the open and proprietary data spaces.

Qualities we’re looking for

  • Strong web research skills. Finding data can be hard; you should be hungry for the challenge.
  • Data-driven problem solver. Data work is messy, and sometimes the best approach is the one that ships. Flexibility is key.
  • Hunger to code. You don’t need to be a coder but you’ll quickly be exposed to Python, Bash, nodejs, among other languages.
  • Strong oral and written communicator. You’ll be playing a key role in international data outreach and engagement with potential partners. We’re looking for someone who can be both persuasive and articulate across international and linguistic lines.
  • Passionate about open. The power of beautiful open data has played a key role in Mapbox Satellite from its onset, and we continue to see immense value from sourcing both proprietary and open data to this day.
  • Self-taught learner. You’ll be surrounded by teammates with deep experience in strategy, data, code, design, but we expect to be learning just as much from you.
  • Excited to work in San Francisco, CA, or Washington, DC. Trolling is more fun when you can do it in person.

This position is a full-time, three-month internship, with the option to extend for longer. Our dog-friendly office is located in San Francisco, CA. There will be a competitive monthly stipend, frequent team lunches, competitive jenga matches, and office beer and/or bourbon.

To apply

Please send the following to jobs+satellite@mapbox.com

  • Note describing why you’re interested in the imagery internship at Mapbox
  • Resume
  • Examples of previous work (maps, websites, articles, or whatever medium communicates your work best)
  • (extra points) Design an awesome map with Mapbox Studio Classic.


The deadline to apply for the imagery internship is 5pm December 31, 2014.