Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative: City of St. Louis Mayor's Office

Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Industries
Federal / State / Local Government

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative: City of St. Louis Mayor's Office

***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. 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:  

  • Sample of a Data Report

LOCATION: St Louis, MO, USA

FORMAT: Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference). Ideally the intern can be in-person for at least 4 weeks, OK with remote the rest of the time.

TIME ZONE: Central

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

INDUSTRY: Federal/State/Local Government

ABOUT US: ST LOUIS CITY OFFICE OF THE MAYOR, WORKFORCE INNOVATION ---- St. Louis City's population has been shrinking year over year from a high point of more than 1 million people to an all-time low of less than 300,000 residents. The city's future depends in part on being able to retain and attract population, and ensuring all parts of the city can thrive. The Mayor’s Office is committed to building a resilient socioeconomic ecosystem and is investing in partnerships and data analysis to support these efforts. With an influx of more than $500 million in funds from ARPA and the Rams Settlement, St. Louis has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build more resilient communities and address structural inequalities including centuries of disinvestment and neglect in historically black neighborhoods.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The city seeks to better understand its workforce and population trends, including migration patterns and reasons for population loss. The intern will work directly with the Workforce Innovation Strategist (Bloomberg Harvard City Fellow) to build a detailed long-term trend report on demographic shifts and migration patterns in the city workforce and the surrounding region. They will need to gather, analyze, and interpret data from the US Census, American Community Survey, and regional demographic / workforce reports into insights and actionable recommendations for how the city might attract new workers and retain residents. This will include breaking the data down into different subpopulation cuts, including by family composition, race, age, gender, immigration status, justice-involvement, and location. These insights will be parlayed into policy recommendations on pathways to workforce development.

Two specific areas that could be of specific interest include analyzing how to expand employment opportunities for justice-involved residents or for English language learners. 

SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • Building Statistically Sound Conclusions

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Our office has nearly 20 people in person each day and we are very engaged in each other's work managing the city. The intern will have ample opportunity to interact with senior leaders in city government as well as help with critical events / policy efforts of their choosing if they are interested in learning more about other areas. Our office usually hosts up to 3 summer interns, so they will have the opportunity to work with other college students. Finally, in terms of management structure they would report to the Workforce Innovation Strategist, a Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellow and HKS alum, who reports in to the Chief of Staff. 

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE:

  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal laptop
  • Smart Phone
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)