***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:
LOCATION: Boston, MA
INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government
ABOUT US: Michelle Wu is on her 4th term as an At-Large Boston City Councilor. She represents all of Boston's 22 neighborhoods. Councilor Wu was the first Asian American woman elected to the council and the first women of color to serve as it's President. Councilor Wu graduated Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: As a summer fellow, you will have the opportunity to work on public policy, attend City Council meetings, and assist with researching and writing legislation and memos. Your duties may also include attending community meetings with and/or on behalf of the Councilor, managing and responding to constituent services requests, and providing staff support to my office and the Council in general. In addition to gaining research, legislative, and administrative knowledge and experience, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with City officials and learn the function of many key City Departments.
REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: We have weekly, sometimes daily check ins.
TIME ZONE: Eastern
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Smart Phone, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite
2020 internship Reflection
At Councilor Wu's office I work in the education department. This is a dream come true for me as a former City Year Corps Member and someone who is passionate about public eduction and educational equity. Over the past few weeks I've worked on a memo on the Community Schools Method, which combines education and public services into an integrated hub for families. This means that students can go to school, go to the doctors, get mental health help and enjoy afterschool enrichment all in the same building. It's been a popular model in Oakland and New York City, but only one school has applied it in Boston. Councilor Wu is looking into whether or not it would be a good fit for Boston Public Schools and it's been really interesting to research it. I've also helped complete research for a virtual town hall that Councilor Wu plans to give on the city's COVID educational response plan, as well as the anti-racism work that BPS should be doing to ensure that all students feel safe in their schools.
-Vivian Herbert '22
2019 Internship Reflection
This summer I have had the privilege of working in the Office of Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu. Every day is something different, and activities range from sitting in on Council hearings, writing policy memos, addressing constituent concerns, and doing field work out in the city. More specifically, I have spent much of my time researching Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy as a means to generate affordable housing and the feasibility of city ferry services for low-income and minority commuters. At the beginning of July, I also had the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the #UnfairHikes demonstration organized by Councilor Wu to protest the now-implemented MBTA fare hikes. Overall, I have had the chance to see how inspiring and impactful the Council’s work is and its importance in city matters.
Councilor Wu is incredibly kind and patient with each of her interns, taking the time to learn our names and hear our ideas. Her staff is equally warm and welcoming, and our office has a hardworking but fun and laidback dynamic. All of the interns—known locally as the #Wuterns—have formed a wonderful bond, and we interact both in and out of work. While I have learned and worked a lot, I have also had a lot of fun this summer, and that would not have been possible without such an amazing boss and office.
-Emory Sabatini '22
2018 Internship Reflection
City Councilor Michelle Wu is committed to improving the lives of all Bostonians by advocating for social, economic, and environmental justice issues that stem from Boston’s history of inequality. On the daily at the office, I address constituent concerns, write policy memos, and support full-time staff on their neighborhood-specific initiatives. Along with Councilor Wu’s many other interns—fondly nicknamed the “Wuterns” or “Wu Tang Clan”—I have the opportunity to see my research directly influence City Council ordinances and our constituent outreach efforts. I have specifically completed projects on ways to support female, minority, and immigrant entrepreneurs in the city; proposed possible regulations on formula “chain” businesses; and performed outreach to local restaurants regarding BYOB policies.
Working at Councilor Wu’s office also brings the major benefit of working with staff who are kind, passionate and committed. They make sure that we can work on projects of our interest but that we also have exposure to all the moving parts of municipal government. We often go on field trips to different city departments, quasi-public agencies, and NGOs such as the Boston Redevelopment Authority, New Urban Mechanics, Boston Metro Housing, and the Nashua Street Jail. There is also the opportunity to sit in on meetings with community advocates as well as attend weekly City Council meetings and hearings. Councilor Wu’s office provides a foray into local government and is a perfect opportunity to break the Harvard “bubble” and become involved in Metro Boston civic life.
-Fiona Fitzgerald '19
2017 Internship Reflection:
Working for City Council President Michelle Wu has been a wonderful experience. Council Wu strives to be "a voice for Boston's future through inclusion, innovation, and transparency," and as an intern I have been involved in dealing with constituent issues, drafting policy positions, writing memos, and conducting research. Along with several other undergraduate interns and two graduate student interns, I work in close conjunction with Council Wu's staff. The office has a great workplace environment -- everyone is approachable and eager to share insights. Council Wu has a personal relationship with each intern and takes interest in their research pursuits. I am specifically looking into environmental justice issues this summer, particularly examining tree coverage, green space access, heat islands, and green roofs and their correlations with neighborhoods and neighborhood demographics.
Working in Downtown Boston is a great way to spend a summer. The Boston Common and Public Garden are only a five minute walk away, and endless recreation and dining options surround the area, providing a perfect opportunity to meet up with friends or other interns during lunch break or after work. City Council hearings are always interesting, with representatives from various departments, sectors, and backgrounds presenting all kinds of new perspectives on a host of concerns. From budget hearings and conversations about the opioid crisis, to liquor licensing talks and discussions about "greening" City Hall, there is always a lot to learn in the council chamber. I've additionally had the pleasure of sitting in on meetings between Council Wu and non-profit groups, city officials, and representatives from other cities. This internship has been a wonderful introduction to public service at the local level.
-Alessandro Ferzoco '18