The Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) plans and executes policies to ensure the financial stability, efficiency, and effectiveness of state government. A&F assists the Governor in developing and implementing public policy initiatives to benefit the residents of the Commonwealth, manages the state’s operating and capital budgets, and leads the effort to prepare the Governor’s budget recommendations.
Fiscal Policy Interns will work on diverse projects that aim to increase efficiency across state government and provide policy and research support on short- and long-term projects. Examples of previous projects completed by interns include identifying best practices for agency caseload forecasting and studying the history of local aid programs in Massachusetts. Responsibilities vary and can be tailored to personal and professional interests.
- Interest in public service - public policy, public administration, political science, finance, economics, or related fields - as demonstrated through coursework, internships, or extracurricular activities
- Excellent analytical skills and experience in research, including gathering, interpreting, and summarizing data
- Ability to write and communicate clearly, comprehensively, and concisely
- Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
- Self-management and the ability to work independently
- Rising seniors preferred.
- Preferred skills: Excel or other data analysis programs, previous research experience
2017 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I'm working as part of the Governor's Office Internship Program at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, or Mass A&F. The division's primary responsibility is to construct and manage Governor Baker's annual budget, a task complex and critical enough to occupy the entire year... even before the current budget goes out, it's already time to get cracking on the next one. Of course, the job involves a lot of data and planning, but it also has a very academic and intellectual flavor, to the point where my research has me reading a ton of recent literature on sophisticated topics like Markov chains. In fact, in the course of my everyday work, I draw on curriculum from a bevy of Harvard departments such as Ec, Stat, SEAS, and even pure math as I build out alternative forecast models.
In particular, my three main projects deal respectively with social welfare program caseloads, lottery and gambling sales and profits, and transportation infrastructure and revenues. I have broad latitude to take each project in the direction I think is most promising, and I get the opportunity to present any especially interesting or relevant results to the team. Indeed, the entire office is a wonderful collaborative environment where I immediately felt welcome and comfortable: everyone is friendly and cheerful, as well as talented and diligent. I highly recommend the experience.
Sparsh Sah '19