New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

 

New York City Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA)

***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 partake in a short exercise administered by the host organization after the application deadline.

LOCATION: New York, NY

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: The Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA) applies strategic analytical thinking to data to help city agencies deliver services more equitably and effectively, and to increase operational transparency. Enshrined in the New York City Charter in 2018, MODA has the following core functions:

  • Collaborating with agencies to implement data-driven solutions for service delivery and resident engagement
  • Working with the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) to implement the city's Open Data Law and engage New Yorkers
  • Convening analytics professionals across City agencies
  • Facilitating data sharing among City agencies

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: MODA seeks an intern to support our office in both running the NYC Open Data program and working with New York City’s open data and civic technology community. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Help to advance initiatives that improve the quality, accessibility, and usability of NYC Open Data and further NYC Open Data’s strategic plan.
  • Support in the research and execution of various public-private partnerships for NYC Open Data and the MODA team at large
  • Supporting the development of the Annual Open Data Report

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: One of the biggest myths of joining our office is that everyone knows how to code in R or Python. You should be first and foremost passionate about entering or contributing to the data analytics and technology field, and demonstrate this passion either through your recent knowledge and research or prior experience.


REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Since moving to remote work, our team has begun holding short virtual standup meetings each morning, with longer project-based check-ins at least once each week. Our office uses a variety of virtual meeting software, and is still experimenting with ways we can interact with each other remotely.

All staff across our team join a weekly team meeting, where we discuss interesting things we have learned, share our work with each other, and sometimes hear from guest speakers. We also have regular team activities, which in the past have included games, professional development seminars, virtual lunches and coffees, a baking competition, and a scavenger hunt.

TIME ZONE: ET

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: 

  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi

  • Either a personal laptop, or a laptop on loan from our office should work.

 

2020 Intern Reflection:

My summer with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York City has been a fantastic learning experience and has already given me a fresh perspective on the world of civic tech and local government. Since starting with MODA remotely in June, the team has been incredibly welcoming and supportive, going out of their way to include me in every meeting and discussion possible and assigning me to projects where I’m getting to have a tangible impact on the operations of New York City government. In the few weeks I’ve spent with MODA, I’ve gotten to work on projects that include writing and compiling the annual Open Data Compliance Report, managing our public-facing Open Data Help Desk, auditing agency datasets, and helping to develop a quality assurance process for datasets available on New York City’s Open Data Portal.

Not only have I been able to contribute to the work of MODA, I’ve also gained an appreciation for the complexity of local government and the impact that open data can have in the lives of everyday New Yorkers. New York City’s government contains dozens and dozens of departments, agencies, and offices, and the process of collecting, cataloguing, and publishing all the data they create is an enormous task, but the value of providing this data publicly is immense when citizens can readily use this data to answer questions, build digital tools, and push for change in the city they call home. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the real passion that every employee at MODA has for open data, public service, and making New York City’s data truly accessible to all New Yorkers. This internship is perfect for students who are interested in the intersection of data science and government, and especially for anyone who is interested in data science but does not have prerequisite experience with coding. MODA is a driven, thoughtful, and kind group of individuals, and I highly recommend this internship to anyone who wants to gain exposure in this field alongside some of the best people working in it.

-Parker Mas '22

2019 Intern Reflection:

From my first day here, the MODA team has been incredibly kind and inviting. Although I onboarded at a time when the office was undergoing lots of changes (two members are leaving the team and our office moved buildings a few weeks into my time here), the group has gone out of their way to make sure that I feel settled and included. While I’ve only been at the office for a little over three weeks so far, I’ve already been involved in numerous projects, including the deployment and analysis of the 2019 Open Data Help Desk NPS survey, compiling a wealth equity data landscape analysis, maintaining the NYC Open Data calendar, responding to inquiries on the Open Data Help Desk, and conducting an analysis of Mental Health First Aid training rates in city agencies.

Throughout the process, I’ve gained a lot of insight into the inner workings and structure of city government and the collaboration that occurs across city agencies. It’s been exciting to see how data can be used to optimize initiatives internally as well as how impactful it can be to ensure that the public has access to such data sets. I’d recommend this internship to anyone with an interest in the intersection of government and data as well as enthusiasm for learning on the job and trying to answer questions that can never fully be answered. An important thing to note is that, while extensive coding or statistics skills are not required for my position, the team has been kind enough to loop me in on projects that involve these skills because of my concentration. MODA is a very creative, resourceful, and thoughtful team that I feel lucky to be a part of.

Yasmin Luthra '21

2018 Intern Reflection:

My summer at the New York City Mayor's Office of Data analytics has been extremely rewarding and filled with lots of new experiences and opportunities. The team was extremely welcoming from the second I stepped into the office and did an awesome job of making me feel like a part of the team for the short amount of time I got to spend with them. It has been incredible to see how their small team of five people has had such an impact on the City's Open Data approach and initiative.

I definitely felt like I have learned a lot through my time with the team. The projects I was assigned were exciting and offered me numerous opportunities to grow and learn new skills. I have worked on multiple projects in my time as an intern and attended countless meetings with the team - allowing me to better understand their collaboration with other City agencies, learn more about the team, and experience first-hand how their work is having an impact in the City.

Throughout my internship I worked on projects such as: conducting user-testing on the Open Data website, auditing the Open Data Help Desk, participating in the Metadata For All project, coordinating with various City agencies on smaller initiatives, preparing for the Open Data for All Report and much more. Being given the opportunity to engage in so many different projects really exceeded my own expectations for the skills I would acquire this summer. I always felt like an important member of the team.

I have definitely acquired useful skills and new knowledge in my time with MODA and feel better equipped to continue pursuing work at the intersection of government and technology. I will definitely miss working with such a hard-working and robust team and highly recommend this internship as an opportunity to dive head first into the world of civic tech.

Ariana Soto '20

2017 Intern Reflection:

My time with the Open Data for All Initiative at the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics has been exciting and empowering. From the first day I arrived, I was eagerly welcomed into a lean, agile, and flexible team of open data leaders and data analysts who entrusted me with rewarding work. Before I came to the office, I had hoped to learn more about how the work we were doing in City government could improve people’s lives. Particularly, I had hoped to understand how open data, as a governmental practice of freely sharing governmental datasets with the public, would have a real impact on the communities that we served.

In just my first few days, that impact became clear. Within those early days, I immediately began working with members of the Open Data team to help publish New York’s annual Open Data for All Report. Since this year’s report showcased New York’s users of NYC Open Data, I had the chance to meet with and interview countless individuals whose work has been enhanced by open data. From community leaders working to manage homelessness, to university researchers working on green infrastructure and organizations creating useful maps and tools for civic engagement, open data was clearly making waves in the lives of New Yorkers. 

And as part of this report, which was published by the Mayor’s Office in mid-July, I got to chronicle these real stories of open data. I saw first-hand how this government’s mission to expand NYC Open Data had improved civic efforts throughout the City and emboldened data veterans, community leaders, and data novices alike to get involved with making the City a better place to live. Furthermore, while uncovering the impact of City government, I also had the chance to help widen that impact even further, working to research and support new initiatives to bring data literacy to K-12 education through NYC Open Data.

Over the course of my internship, I also had the chance to work with numerous government agencies to coordinate cooperative efforts on not only Open Data, but also data analytics. As a trusted member of the team, I worked with data analysts in the office to help come up with data-driven solutions to the problems that City agencies would present to us. This experience was invaluable in understanding the processes of City government and in understanding how well-analyzed data can improve the ability of the government to serve its people

All in all, the work I did this summer gave me an amazing experience and equipped me with knowledge and skills from government to civic tech, entrepreneurship, and beyond. Thus, I would highly recommend the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics for giving me the opportunity to make a real impact by jumping into government through its innovative and civic tech-based vision.

Handong Park '18

New York City, NY