City of Boston Summer Internship

Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity

The Boston University Initiative on Cities and the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground seek an outstanding undergraduate student for a summer internship with the City of Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer, Ms. Lori Nelson. The intern will work directly with the Chief Resilience Officer and support activities overseen by her office.

As Chief Resilience Officer, Ms. Nelson is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy, specifically in advancing racial equity, social justice and social cohesion through community engagement, public policy initiatives, collaboration with non-governmental institutions, and research projects.

The IOC Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 stipend for an eight week summer fellowship, which will run from June through August 2020.

Qualified interns will have:

  • Strong work ethic and initiative
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as this person will be asked to help organize and execute public events, community meetings, and social media marketing
  • A passion for issues of race and racial equity, especially as they relate to Boston
  • Enthusiasm for public service and local government
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent research skills and advanced social media skills

Application: Applications for 2020 are now open.

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Cover letter
  • Essay of 500 words or fewer about your perspective on racial equity in Boston
  • A list of two references, either academic or professional.Please include their title, organization, phone number, and email

Responsibilities/Terms of Award:

  • Fellow will work a minimum of 35 hours per week for the entire eight weeks.
  • Fellow will participate in a roundtable discussion held in Fall 2020 to share their experience working in city government
  • Fellow must complete a 2,000 word report by August 31, 2020 their work in the office.the project(s) they worked on over the course of the summer. This report should emphasize the Fellow’s core focus for the summer, their project’s impact as well as lessons learned. They are encouraged to incorporate interactive elements, including video and photography
  • Fellows will receive all but $500 of their stipend at the beginning of the summer. The final $500 to be awarded upon completion of the report.

The Application period has closed for Summer 2020. 

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