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Academic Year: Spring 2023
About the Student Analyst Program
Student Analysts at the Beeck Center are motivated self-starters looking to drive social change. They are passionate, responsible, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious. As a Student Analyst, you will be expected to contribute to team efforts, requiring flexibility and a strong work ethic.
Each position is designed to specifically support action-oriented research across our various projects and operations. At the same time, you are charged to connect this work to the larger Beeck Center portfolio, which is focused on social impact by employing the tools of data, design, technology, and innovation.
We care deeply about the academic, professional, and personal development of our Student Analysts. The Student Analyst experience centers on experiential learning through project-based work, and we invite all Student Analysts to further career development through conferences, workshops, webinars, and extended networking. Finally, our Student Analysts participate in introspective exercises that are designed to help the discovery and design of their pathways to careers and, hopefully, the social impact space.
You must be a current student (undergraduate or graduate) at Georgetown University, who is looking for a challenge and wants to grow professionally. Each position description may contain further eligibility requirements.
We are looking for candidates with a strong combination of skills and abilities, with an emphasis on writing, research, and analytical skills. This position is paid (details below) and students who are work-study eligible are encouraged to apply.
- Highly motivated and accountable, with strong teamwork and collaboration skills
- The ability to learn quickly and approach projects of any size with confidence
- Strong attention to detail
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Ability to balance competing priorities and communicate changes in capacity and availability in a timely manner
- Discretion, maturity, and confidential management of all incidental information acquired on the job
- Openness to learning project management and communication software including Slack, Airtable, and Asana
- Creative and agile thinking in unstructured contexts
- A growth mind-set and openness to learning
- Research experience and strong analytical skills
- Familiarity with Airtable or similar tools for data management
- Comfortable with a start-up work environment
- Striving to tackle social challenges greater than yourself
- An understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the social sector
- Knowledge of ongoing efforts in public interest technology, policy innovation, public service delivery, and data for social good
Digital Benefits Network (DBN): Best Practices Research and Content Curation
We are recruiting an undergraduate or graduate student to join our Digital Benefits Network (DBN) project team and work alongside Researcher Elizabeth Bynum Sorrell (supervisor), Fellow Ariel Kennan and Community Manager Shanelle Roberson. As part of our work to support benefits practitioners, we launched a new resource website in October 2022, the Digital Benefits Hub, to showcase and make it easy to find case studies, example forms and documents (such as client notices and requests for proposals), research, reports, and other resources from governments and organizations working on improving the safety net. The Hub includes information collected by or published by the DBN team, and going forward will include more crowdsourced submissions from peer organizations and government agencies. The student analyst will help us expand the Hub’s content through original research, writing, content curation, and data management. Working closely with their supervisor, this SA will identify, research, and write short-form case studies highlighting innovative projects and approaches in benefits delivery. The SA will also scope and plan crowdsourcing efforts for the Hub to drive new submissions of resources, case studies, and example materials from benefits practitioners. The student will also help develop, document, and carry out review processes for new submissions to the Hub, and identify potential improvements on the site. The Student Analyst will have many learning opportunities including: building experience conducting interviews, synthesizing information, and writing actionable research findings that are publicly published; developing content on a resource database and website for a professional audience using best practices in data management, cataloging information, and lightweight technology; building knowledge of how technology, data and design are reducing administrative burden and improving service delivery of the safety net; networking with individuals and organizations on the forefront of benefit innovation; and gaining experience in an interdisciplinary team working to move a field forward.
Digital Benefits Network (DBN): Public Benefits Eligibility Rules as Code Research
We are recruiting an undergraduate or graduate-level Student Analyst to join our Digital Benefits Network (DBN) project team, and work alongside Fellow Ariel Kennan (supervisor), and in collaboration with a student at the Massive Data Institute (MDI) and Lisa Singh, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Research Professor at MDI. Building on the DBN’s research on digitizing public benefits eligibility rules, the DBN and the MDI seek to explore how federal agencies and their state and local counterparts can write policy into software code in standardized, open formats for integration into benefits eligibility screening, determination, and policy analysis tools. The Student Analyst will engage with our community of practice focused on benefit eligibility rules as code to better understand needs with federal, state, and community teams working on this topic and advance a shared prototype for a data standard for how to represent benefits eligibility rules in code. The Student Analyst will have many learning opportunities including: conducting research alongside faculty and leading practitioners in the field; collaborating with a student from another discipline; turning a research hypothesis into a working prototype; and building knowledge of how technology, data and design are reducing administrative burden and improving service delivery of the safety net.
Digital Benefits Network (DBN): Research on Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization
We are recruiting an undergraduate or graduate-level Student Analyst to join our Digital Benefits Network (DBN) project team as part of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Technology Coordinating Coalition, and work alongside Fellow Ariel Kennan (supervisor), Advisors and Coalition Conveners Adam Boborow and Marcus Courtney, Researcher Elizabeth Bynum Sorrell and Community Manager Shanelle Roberson. The Student Analyst will assist in creating a 50-state survey to better understand state’s needs and challenges in UI and where the DBN might be able to offer support. The Student Analyst will be responsible for analyzing the data for key themes and proposing next steps for the DBN to engage with states. The student will work closely with the team to scope and conduct interviews with select state leaders. In addition, the Student Analyst will assist with gathering information and resources for the quarterly research report published by the coalition, as well as investigating other research questions as needed. The Student Analyst will have many learning opportunities including: conducting research alongside faculty and leading practitioners in the field; interviewing state leaders; learning how to analyze research data and propose a strategic plan; publishing insights from research and engagement; and gaining exposure to the unique challenges of accessing and administering unemployment insurance. Please note that attending a bi-weekly coalition call from 12-1 pm ET on Thursdays is required as part of this position.
Intergovernmental Software Collaborative (ISC): Child Care Subsidy Pilot Support
We are recruiting an undergraduate to support the Intergovernmental Software Collaborative project, working alongside Fellow Shelby Switzer. This Student Analyst will assist in the implementation of a pilot project to improve the user experience and overall uptake of the child care subsidy process. Child care subsidies are public funds available to support families paying for child care, but while 15 million children are eligible for these subsidies across the US, only 10% receive them. In this pilot project, ISC partnered with one of our member cooperatives to support three states in the design and development of a collaborative prototype to increase the enrollment in subsidies by improving the user experience of subsidy application systems. The Student Analyst will play a crucial role in public policy research and storytelling for the pilot program, including desk research and interviews investigating public policy and legislation related to child care subsidies and related child care benefits, and in capturing insights and knowledge over the course of the program to share as blog posts, reports, or policy memos with the wider early childhood education and government/civic tech communities. Learning opportunities include: (1) First hand experience working on impactful projects in the early childhood education space, (2) Meet and work alongside stakeholders from across governments, nonprofits, and industry on this collaborative project, and (3) Content creation for lessons learned over the course of an innovative pilot.
State Chief Data Officers (State CDO) Network
We are recruiting an undergraduate or graduate student to support the State Chief Data Officers (State CDO) Network, working alongside the state CDO Fellow, Milda Aksamitauskas. The Student Analyst will support the state CDO convening (in-person and virtual), planning of the agenda, speakers, researching important topics on data governance and data management. The student analyst will also participate in development of one policy memo, guideline or playbook for state CDOs. The Student Analyst will gain experience in working with appointed and civil service career leaders in the data field across the United States, qualitative and quantitative research skills, policy development, communication and will learn about the latest topics in data governance, privacy and management.
Hours and Compensation
Student analysts can work up to 20 hours per week, but must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week. Wages for hourly student employees are based on Georgetown University’s Student Employment Office guidelines: $17/hour for undergraduates and $22/hour for graduates.
The Beeck Center has two Washington, DC office locations. Consistent with the university’s pandemic response, student analysts will work in-person at one or both of the office locations.
Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC 100)
37th St NW, Washington, DC 20057
500 First (6th Floor)
500 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Please submit your application through the form linked below. Please be sure to upload your (1) resume and (2) a writing sample (both required), as indicated on the online application form.
Applications will close Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. All candidates will be notified of hiring decisions no later than Wednesday, December 21. All student analysts will begin work on Monday, January 23 and conclude Friday, April 28, 2023.
About the Beeck Center
The Beeck Center is using the tools of data, design, technology, and innovation to lead a networked approach to make systems work for all, at scale.
To that end, we’re an experiential action hub at Georgetown University that helps accelerate positive and lasting social change through. We take on a select number of projects, often with learning partners, that are focused on leveraging data, design, technology, and innovation to deliver better outcomes for communities, built by a thriving workforce on reliable infrastructural systems.
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The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.