Housing Policy and Analysis Intern

Organization: NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/about/employment.page

Posted: June 30, 2020 | Closing: July 31, 2020

Job Description

Your Team:

HPD’s Office of Policy and Strategy (OPS) cuts across traditional areas of responsibility within HPD’s organizational structure to support and strengthen the work of the agency’s various divisions holistically, in close collaboration with the Commissioner’s Office. The Policy Development and Special Initiatives unit (PDSI) is part of OPS’s Division of Housing Policy (DHP). PDSI is an interdisciplinary team of policy and data analysts, technical researchers, and project managers whose work covers a dynamic portfolio of short- and long-term policy projects. PDSI works across the agency to assess policy proposals, design new initiatives, and review the impacts of existing policy, in order to further the agency’s mission.

Your Impact:

The Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern will work in a team-based environment to pair holistic thinking with quantitative analysis to advance practical solutions and innovative ideas that address the city’s most pressing housing challenges. As part of PDSI, the intern will primarily be responsible for conducting new analyses for the City’s fair housing plan, Where We Live NYC (WWLNYC). In addition, the intern may also:

  • Provide supporting analysis to create the foundation for ongoing policy choices of agency decision-makers
  • Inform the work of agency programs in response to requests for analysis from teams across the agency

Your Role:

The Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern will contribute to the final Where We Live NYC report and support a variety of PDSI’s ongoing and dynamic work portfolio, contributing to the analytic basis for the recommendations and insight the team provides. Under the supervision of PDSI staff, the intern will work collaboratively across the Division of Housing Policy. Project types in PDSI include:

  • Short-term, one-off requests for analysis from fellow team members, colleagues around HPD, or external partners
  • Medium-term, months-long engagements with stakeholders to shape policy projects
  • Recurring updates of PDSI data products for both internal and external use

PDSI team members benefit from skill- and knowledge-building workshops, guest talks, and exposure to pressing issues relevant to New York City. PDSI leadership will support the professional development and growth of the Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern through individual guidance and support. The intern can expect to strengthen their data analysis skills, learn more about the policy development process, and gain insights into specific affordable housing and urban policy issues in New York City.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in manipulating, cleaning, and processing large datasets
  • Using data and policy analysis creatively to solve challenging problems in a team-based environment
  • Creating visualizations, including maps, to communicate analysis results and findings
  • Using results from their own and others’ research and analysis to support policy discussions and PDSI projects
  • Collaborating with PDSI colleagues, as well as PDSI clients, to ensure the strengths and limitations of data sets and analysis methods is understood and maximized to answer policy questions

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience analyzing large datasets in languages such as R, Python, Stata, or SAS
  • Ability to use or interest in learning geographic information systems (GIS) software to create maps and perform spatial analyses
  • Willingness to learn how to manage and manipulate administrative data and use data sets produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, including Census tables and PUMS microdata, and by New York City and State government agencies
  • Desire to be part of a high performing team and excellent teamwork skills
  • Commitment to public service and passion for using skills to advance the common good
  • An interest in developing further knowledge around housing, real estate, and land use policy issues relevant to New York City

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Tamarsha Battice, at batticet@hpd.nyc.gov.

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