The Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks an intern interested in contributing to a unique inventory of past, present, and future development in Metro Boston. The intern, working in the agency’s Data Services Department, will collect information about new developments in the region through research and outreach to municipal staff and developers, and will record that information via www.MassBuilds.com, MAPC’s open source real estate development inventory for Massachusetts.
The Real Estate Research Intern will help to maintain and expand the region’s most comprehensive data-rich inventory of residential and commercial development projects recently completed, underway, or planned. MassBuilds is a public website that enables users to contribute information about developments, search, and download development data. Tasks will include outreach and coordination with municipal staff, the real estate development community, and other “data stewards;” review and verification of user-submitted development information; independent research on development activity; and analysis of the content to help provide new insights on the region’s growth. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary department focused on using data and analysis to support regional planning and policymaking.
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for the region, which was adopted in 2008. We are currently working on a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050, which we expect to complete by the end of 2021. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office. MAPC encourages all of our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times. We strongly support the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and MetroCommon, please visit www.mapc.org
While we are waiting for a time when it is safe to open our offices to all employees, interns will be working remotely and you will not be expected to come into the office regularly. Candidates must reside in Massachusetts while they are working remotely.
This is an opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative team of professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future from Metro Boston.
About the Data Services Department
The Data Services Department is a team of a dozen planners, analysts, researchers, programmers, and IT professionals dedicated to using data and technology to support informed decision-making. We provide mapping and analytical services to support MAPC’s local and regional planning activities, develop new datasets, conduct independent research, prepare population and land use forecasts, and serve as a resource for municipalities, state agencies, and community organizations. Our research and modeling activities are applied in a wide variety of contexts: MAPC projections are used for regional transportation modeling, local master planning and rezoning activities, and state policy development. This position will offer you opportunities to build relationships with numerous public and private sector collaborators throughout Massachusetts, and to build new connections and cultivate new partnerships. To learn more about our work, visit http://data.mapc.org.
Examples of Duties
- Communicate by phone & email with municipal staff to encourage updates, provide technical assistance, and verify development information
- Contact real estate developers to raise awareness of the site and encourage contributions
- Monitor existing sources of information about development activity (e.g., Boston Business Journal, Environmental Monitor) to identify new development projects
- Review user submissions, verify where necessary, and approve for publication to the site
- Research significant development projects to ensure comprehensive information
- Provide assistance and guidance for users having trouble with the site
- Report bugs and usability issues to Digital Services staff
- Analyze site content and draw conclusions about development trends in the region.
Applicants must be an undergrad or graduate student.
The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following skills:
- Strong understanding of Metro Boston geography and development context
- Strong data management and organizational skills, with a personal commitment to the quality of the product’s content
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with external partners including municipal staff, real estate developers, and the general public
The following are preferred qualifications for the position:
- Direct experience with real estate development, planning, or policy in Metro Boston.
- Familiarity with topics and principles related to smart growth, regional planning, sustainable development, and social equity
- Experience with ESRI ArcMap or other GIS programs for spatial analysis
- Experience working with diverse data sets from federal, state, and local agencies
- Demonstrated innovative, strategic and analytical capabilities, self-motivation and goal-oriented approach
Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position.
$17 – $21, depending on qualifications. This is a paid, part-time (7.5 hours per week) internship with flexibility.
To qualify as an intern, individuals must be enrolled in an academic program, provide written verification of their status, and agree to a scheduled end date upon hire.
How to Apply
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and data project example. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) references.
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. Please attach a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio that includes a writing sample and GIS project example. A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA.
MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our Equity at MAPC page.