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Policy and Transit Intern

As an intern on the Policy & Transit Planning team, you will be part of a team that develops new policy for the MBTA and engages with internal and external stakeholders to make tangible, positive impacts on riders. A large component of this work will include conducting data analysis and modeling to inform strategic policy and operational decisions in preparation for a new, modernized fare payment system – AFC 2.0. We are seeking a person with an analytical mind who is interested in learning about how data can be translated effectively with internal and external stakeholders to inform policy decisions.

As an intern, you will receive guidance and mentorship from the MBTA’s Deputy Director of Fare Verification, Director of Fare Policy and Analytics, Senior Manager of Fare Policy, Director of Strategic Transit Planning, and other members of the MBTA Policy and Transit Planning team. Your work will be used to assist the MBTA in balancing equity, efficiency of operations, and budgetary concerns on a project which will impact all MBTA riders.

 With guidance from senior team members, you will help to determine appropriate data inputs, clean and prepare data sets, and use data to create models which will support policy and operational decision making.
 Assist MBTA staff to effectively communicate insights and questions raised as the result of complex data analysis to both internal and external stakeholders.
 Assist MBTA staff to conduct due diligence on potential policy changes, including
participating in discussions with peer agencies, reviewing published research and engaging internal stakeholders.
 Assist MBTA staff to prepare presentations for decision-makers and the public related to planning initiatives and recommended policy changes.
 Support MBTA staff with research and analysis to inform strategic planning and transit planning initiatives.

We’d love to hear from you if…
● You have an interest in public services, transit, or transportation and how it operates
● You have some formal experience with complex data analysis (e.g. some coursework, on-the-job experience, or other experiences)
● You have experience working responsibly with sensitive items, systems, or data
● You want to learn about or deepen your experience translating and framing complex data into clear choices and impacts
● You are highly organized, motivated, and have great attention-to-detail
● You are a current graduate school student

Compensation range (graduate students): $21 to $24 per hour (depending on experience)

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