Governor Baker's Internship Program seeks to create a space in which engaged young people can have an empowering experience and discover what they are each capable of while contributing to something greater than themselves.
As an intern in any of the Governor's Offices, you will gain insight into the various paths within public service and learn valuable skills that will prepare you for your future career, all while seizing a unique opportunity to give back to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
RESEARCH AND POLICY INTERN
Office Description: The Cabinet Affairs team is an integral part of the Governor’s Office that helps to implement the priorities of the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretariats in order to improve services for the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Cabinet Affairs team works alongside secretariats to help develop policy, improve business processes, support strategic operations, manage performance goals, and research best practices and innovation in government.
- Collect and analyze internal and external data sources
- Conduct research on other states and best practices
- Perform policy analysis
- Conduct research on current and proposed policies
- Recommend policy, operational or other solutions for consideration
- Prepare materials for workshops, presentations, reporting, and other support materials as needed
- High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree in progress or compete required
- Master’s Degree students in business, public policy, organizational behavior or other relevant area will be considered for higher-level policy projects and considered “Fellows”
- Previous policy analysis experience preferred
- Excellent analytic abilities
- Excellent communication, writing, and people skills
- Strong computer skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Office: particularly Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint
- Ability to maintain trust and confidentiality
- Background check, writing sample, and PowerPoint sample will be requested of candidates selected for interviews
2019 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I had the pleasure of serving within the Massachusetts' Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The mission of the Governor’s Council is to advise Governor Baker on how to help individuals, children, and families of the Commonwealth live a life free of sexual assault and domestic violence.
In my role, I conduct research on other states’ laws, policies and best practices; perform policy analysis, with an emphasis on improving the identification, safe recovery and ongoing support of child victims of human trafficking; and recommend policy, operational or other solutions for consideration. I've had the opportunity to travel all across the Commonwealth--meeting with law enforcement, launching public awareness campaigns, and attending trauma trainings--in order to recommend DV policy, promote healthy relationships among youth, and improve the delivery of DV/SA services.
As a result of my internship, I've learned a great deal about federal grant writing and how to leverage public-private partnerships. No two days are the same--one day I might be meeting with a State Representative at the State House and the next I'll be visiting a YWCA in Western Massachusetts. The fast-paced and diverse nature of the internship allows for in-depth learning and a multi-faceted look at the different career paths within the SA/DV world. Working in the Baker Administration has been an honor, and I highly recommend it to interested candidates.
Rachel Schartz '20
2018 Intern Reflection:
The Cabinet Relations team is an essential part of Governor Baker’s Office. We help to formulate and implement the priorities of the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretariats in order to improve services for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Within cabinet relations, I was also a member of the Strategic Innovation Group, whose primary goal is to develop policy, improve business processes, support strategic operations, manage performance goals, and to research best-practices and innovation in government. While a member of this team, I have had the opportunity to work on projects spanning several aspects of state government, including housing, welfare, and transportation.
My primary project for the summer has been helping to manage and support the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth. Our goal is to formulate up a set of recommendations and scenarios for the future of transportation, including the regulation of autonomous vehicles, encouraging electrification, anticipating demographic changes, prioritizing infrastructure investments, expanding subway and bus access, and planning for the effects of climate change. I am honored to have significant responsibilities such as conducting research on other states and best practices, collecting input and data from constituents, performing policy analyses, reviewing proposed policies, and even drafting final policy recommendations or other solutions to be considered.
I’ve also really enjoyed the office culture here at the State House. As one of the most bipartisan state governments in the country, there is a real spirit of teamwork and shared values. Moreover, the Strategic Innovation team is composed of truly impressive young role models who are always trying to connect me with elected officials or other leaders who I am interested in meeting and networking with. Finally, the work life balance has been truly pleasant surprise – while everyone is expected to work hard, my bosses have been incredibly respectful of my time off-the-clock which has allowed me to focus and engage even more deeply when necessary.
Overall, my Director's Internship has been an incredible experience thus far, and I'm looking forward to the second half of the summer!
Caden Petersmeyer ‘19