Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative - City of Lancaster

Lancaster, Pennsylvannia
Federal / State / Local Government

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative - City of Lancaster, PA 

***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: 

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample

LOCATION: Lancaster, PA, USA

INDUSTRY: Federal/State/Local Government

FORMAT: Our office is able to host an IN-PERSON intern., Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference). Preference for in-person/ second preference hybrid.

TIME ZONE: Eastern

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

ABOUT US: Spanning 7 square miles in south Central Pennsylvania, the City of Lancaster is home to 60,000 diverse residents. Committed to building a stronger, more equitable Lancaster block by block, the City of Lancaster oversees a range of public services including public safety, health, housing, parks, streets, and water and sewer operations. The City embraces innovative and progressive initiatives, and is proud to be a Certified Welcoming City, a Vision Zero Community, and a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community, among other distinctions. 

The Department of Public Works is charged with a diverse range of tasks, including: maintaining the City infrastructure including water and wastewater facilities for the City and ten municipalities; managing a Nationally-recognized stormwater program; providing safe and clean streets; maintaining and improving public buildings and other public facilities; enhancing recreational opportunities in the City’s parks and open spaces for residents and for use by the Lancaster Recreation Commission; and managing and coordinating the single hauler trash and recycling program. These services combine to ensure public health and safety and enhance the quality of life in the City. The Director of Public Works relies on roughly 210 full-time employees to fulfill the Department’s mission.


  • The City’s Vision Zero initiative sets the ambitious goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The City has begun to make infrastructure improvements, such as high-visibility crosswalks, intersection daylighting, and bicycle lanes in an effort to improve safety. Crash data analysis and reporting is a critical part of this initiative – both in terms of analyzing the impact of our infrastructure and informing the public about the value of this work. Staff needs to understand where crashes occur and why; what types of crashes are occurring; whether infrastructure improvements change crash frequency and severity; who is being impact by crashes – and reporting this information back to the public. 
  • The intern may also participate in other components of the planning process, including data collection, research, analysis, community engagement, and working with consultants and community partners on implementation projects. 


  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • Primary focus on Data analysis, mapping and research assistance.
  • Support on community engagement during summer activities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The Harvard College Summer intern would be working primarily with the Engineering staff in the Department of Public Works, who oversee public streets and right-of-way. The immediate staff team is mostly comprised of engineers and urban planners, who also work closely with the Mayor’s Office and communications team, Department of Neighborhood Engagement, and Department of Community Planning & Economic Development. The intern would be working from historic City Hall in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Coffee shops, restaurants, stores, Ewell Plaza, the Lancaster Central Market and Southern Market Food Hall are all within a few walkable blocks of this location. Some staff are in the office full-time, while others work remotely part-time.


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal Laptop or Laptop on Loan from Host Organization
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)