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Last updated: 12/7/18

Analytics Summer Fellowships

Love solving tough problems with data? Want to make a difference next summer?

Through the Analytics Summer Fellowship, you’ll work with the City to improve how Boston uses data every day. Our fellows play a vital role in developing special projects for the Analytics Team.

You can learn more about the fellowship at the bottom of this page. Or you can jump right to our application:

Analytics Fellowship application

Questions? Contact Sam Lovison:

Summer 2019 timeline
  • Applications due Friday, January 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. (EST)
  • We anticipate selecting final candidates by March.
  • The expected start date is Monday, June 10, 2019.

Where we need help

We’re looking for fellows to join the team to work in a range of areas. This includes data science, analytics, performance management, open data, GIS, and data engineering. We will consider you for projects that best fit your qualifications.

Projects from 2018 fellows

In all these roles, you will apply and develop your skills while working on important projects. Some examples of projects from our 2018 fellows include:

  • developing an application to notify residents with provisional health insurance of key deadlines for retaining coverage
  • evaluating 2016 early voting data to help inform the Elections department ahead of 2018 early voting
  • establishing data-sharing processes, defining key performance indicators, and building reports and visualizations
  • digitizing records and building map-based applications to support Fair Housing and Equity, and 
  • building database tools to support strategic decision-making and track progress on major City initiatives.

Who we're looking for

We want applicants who are:
  • comfortable working with data
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills, and
  • excel at building relationships.

You should be excited to tackle difficult problems, and love learning new skills. We want someone who embraces complex and dynamic challenges. You’ll be juggling multiple projects, and working in an open and collaborative environment.

Common questions

Who can apply?

This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in any major, as well as recent graduates. 

What is the selection process?

Our selection process may vary depending on the volume of applicants. However, our standard process involves a resume and cover letter review, followed by phone screens for a select group of candidates, a data exercise, and final group interviews. 

How long is the internship?

This is an eight-week internship, with an expected start date of Monday, June 10, 2019. This date is subject to change. We’ll let you know the start date if you’re picked.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes! We provide direct funding for a limited number of fellowships. We also encourage applicants with university or grant funding to apply. Please be proactive in communicating with us about the possibility of securing external funding for the summer. 

2018 summer fellows

About the Analytics Team

The City’s Analytics Team uses data and technology to make life better for everyone who lives and works in Boston. The group was founded in 2015. Mayor Walsh created our team with the goal of developing innovative programs and improving performance across the City.

Our work affects many of Boston's greatest challenges. We tackle everything from public health and education to transit access and economic mobility. We also play a major role in big City initiatives, such as Imagine Boston 2030 and Vision Zero.

We support departments throughout the City with our tools, infrastructure, and expertise. We want staff behind every City program to make data a central part of their workflow.