New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

New York City Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA) - Engagement & Analytics Intern

Internship Description:

MODA seeks an Engagement & Analytics 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience analyzing data
  • Curiosity about policy and operations of local government
  • Enthusiasm about government transparency
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills (email, phone, in-person)
  • Experience planning events
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with applications of civic data and technology
  • Experience in creative visual storytelling and / or proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is a plus, but not required

About the Office:

The Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA) is New York City's civic intelligence center. Our mission is to help City agencies apply strategic analytical thinking to data, to deliver services more equitably and effectively, and to increase operational transparency. Visit nyc.gov/analytics to learn more.

 

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