New York City Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI)

As a Director’s Intern with the NYC Office of Tech & Innovation, you will work on unique projects as part of a small but fast-moving team within NYC City government. MOTI’s flat organization and startup-like environment gives interns the chance to have wide-ranging and high-impact portfolios.

About MOTI: The newly-created Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation (MOTI) seeks to fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s vision of making NYC the most innovative, tech-friendly, and equitable big city in the world. As part of this mission, MOTI facilitates citywide coordination and collaboration on technology issues, serves as a catalyst for and advises agencies on innovation, and interacts with the wider New York City technology ecosystem.

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  • Enterprising and resourceful, organized and results oriented
  • Energetic, pro-active, and collaborative while working in a team
  • Ability to prioritize among competing needs and opportunities, while managing against tight timelines
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communications and presentation skills
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Ability to 'set up the problem,’ look at the big picture, and search for insightful, creative solutions
  • Interest in urban infrastructure and economic development issues

2016 Intern Reflection: 

This is an extremely exciting time to be working in the New York City’s Office for Technology and Innovation (MOTI), which was started just two years ago by Mayor Bill DeBlasio. It is still a relatively small office with about fifteen full-time employees, which is a great opportunity to get to know everyone and see the impact of your work. The office is also in the midst of implementing a variety of really groundbreaking programs—many of which are the first of their kind in large cities. Replacing telephone booths with high-speed Wi-Fi in all five boroughs of the city, piloting new smart city technologies, and having “smart” garbage cans installed that both help the environment and optimize garbage collection routes are just some of the many projects I’ve been involved in over the summer.

My role consists primarily of conducting research on a variety of the projects. I started off the summer by working on finding products to list on a new digital discovery tool for city agencies to find smart city technologies. This marketplace was created in an effort to make technology implementation more demand rather than supply-driven, as well as to provide a place for products from all different sized companies to receive equal weight. I’ve also worked on an initiative to pilot smart city technologies on a small scale in a way that engages the community before implementing them more widely, and standardizing the “Internet of Things” implementation guidelines for city agencies, the first of its kind. Throughout the internship, everyone I’ve worked with has been extremely supportive, informative and helpful—the office is made up of really creative, intelligent people, drawing on their varied backgrounds and experiences to bring truly groundbreaking technological changes and initiatives within a huge city government. I’ve also really enjoyed both the ability to explore a wide variety of projects over the course of the summer as well as the fact that the internship has a great balance of guidance and being self-driven. 

Ava Ganik '19

New York City, NY
Federal /State and Local Government, Technology