2017 Analytics Summer Fellowships
Application Deadline: December 30, 2016
Mayor Walsh’s Citywide Analytics Team brings the power of data to the City of Boston. We use data to tackle some of the City’s biggest challenges, from reducing firefighter injuries and combating foodborne illness to preventing overdoses and matching homeless residents to housing. As part of the Department of Innovation and Technology, we are at the forefront of the City’s efforts to apply modern technology and analytics to make life better for everyone who lives and works in Boston.
The Analytics Summer Fellowship is an opportunity to work closely with City leadership and staff to improve how Boston uses data every day. Our fellows play a vital role in developing special projects for the team — piloting new technologies, developing new tools, and testing innovative approaches to solving problems — to expand the range of areas that the team can work in. Some of our team’s greatest achievements have started out as fellow projects, and now we’re looking for new talents and ideas to help us discover what’s next.
Data and Performance Fellows work with project managers and stakeholders throughout the City to analyze data, develop visualizations and dashboards, and provide insight to improve policies and processes in all parts of City government.
Data Science Fellows will work with data scientists, engineers, GIS specialists, and others to apply advanced techniques such as predictive modeling, experimental testing, natural language processing, and complex data visualization.
Data Engineering Fellows will work with project managers and external partners to find the right data to address the city’s most challenging problems, then build the infrastructure needed to turn these insights into sustainable solutions.
Applicants will be considered for the role that’s the best fit for their individual qualifications. In all these roles, you will apply and develop your skills while working on high-impact, high-visibility projects. Some examples of our 2016 fellows’ projects:
- Building predictive models of restaurant health violations and opioid overdoses
- Analyzing the diversity of the City’s workforce and vendors
- Experimental testing of strategies for engaging new residents
- Developing text analysis tools to better categorize residents’ 311 service requests
- Developing an open-source version of our CityScore performance dashboard
Applicants should be fluent in data, strong written and verbal communicators, and excellent relationship builders. You are excited to tackle difficult problems, love learning new skills, and embrace complex and dynamic challenges. You easily juggle multiple competing projects, and thrive working in an open and collaborative environment.
Interested applicants should email their cover letter and resume (2 pages or less, including a section summarizing the applicant’s specific technical skills) to Stefanie Costa Leabo (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 2017 Analytics Summer Fellowship in the subject line.
Who can apply? This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in any major, though applicants with technical or quantitative majors are generally preferred.
What is the selection process? Applicants will be notified of selection for initial phone interviews to be scheduled for mid-January on a rolling basis. Final candidate in-person interviews will be held at City Hall in mid-February. We anticipate notifying selected applicants by the end of February.
How long is the internship? This is an 8-week internship with an expected start date of Monday June 12th 2017 (this is subject to change and will be confirmed when applicants are notified of their selection).
Is this a paid internship? Yes! We provide direct funding for a limited number of fellowships, and applicants with university or grant funding are encouraged to apply as well. (Please note in your cover letter if you expect to have external funding.)