About MetroBridge       

MetroBridge is a new program from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Initiative on Cities supporting local governments in the Greater Boston region by embedding real-world client projects into classrooms across the university. The program is designed to help local leaders confront key urban issues, and at the same time, empower students to tackle city challenges through experiential learning.

How MetroBridge Works

Local governments partner with MetroBridge for a semester (or an entire academic year) to serve as clients on student projects that are embedded into the curriculum of existing courses. Each semester, students will develop project deliverables in the classroom while engaging with city partners through site visits, guest lectures, and other activities. At the end of each course final project deliverables are shared with the city through briefings, reports, and/or presentations.

MetroBridge Focus Areas and Types of Projects

Becoming a MetroBridge city means you will have access to faculty expertise and student assistance from across Boston University’s more than 250 academic programs. The focus areas and types of projects MetroBridge can assist cities with are listed below.

Focus Areas:

Arts and Culture | Climate and Environment | City Planning and Transportation | City Service Delivery | Civic Engagement | Criminal Justice | Economic Development | Education | Historic Preservation | Housing | Human Services | Public Health

Types of Projects: 

Data Analysis | Data Visualization | GIS Mapping | Hackathons | Language Translation | Machine Learning | Policy Analysis | Program Evaluation Design | Qualitative Research | Quantitative Research | Survey Design | Web Design


The MetroBridge team is currently accepting project proposals for the Spring (January-May), Summer (June-August), and Fall (September-December) semesters next year. If you are interested in working on a project starting in January 2019 please let us know as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you.  

For More Information 

Contact MetroBridge Program Manager Emily Robbins at with questions or project inquiries.

Download the MetroBridge Briefing Sheet

Contact MetroBridge

Emily Robbins | Program Manager |
Prof. David Glick | Faculty Director |

Phone: 617-358-8084


MetroBridge is aligned with the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC), a national model for university and community collaborations. Over 25 universities in the U.S. participate in the EPIC cohort to constantly learn, innovate, and iterate with each other on how best to connect the needs of local governments to the unique capacities of higher education institutions.