Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Student Analyst – Unlocking Local Data
Job Description, Fall 2020
About the Beeck Center
The Beeck Center brings together experts and students to surface, accelerate, and scale promising social impact efforts that drive institutional-level change – that to us is impact at scale! These promising efforts are what we call “grasstop” level change in between “grassroot” efforts (such as a disruptive idea or advocacy efforts) and institutional efforts (such as government policy or corporate governance).
To that end, we’re an experiential action hub at Georgetown University that helps accelerate positive and lasting social change through our projects within two main portfolio areas of fair finance and data + digital tools for the public interest technology community. All of our projects work with thought leaders (fellows) and students (our analysts) that provide an experiential hub to teach our scaling methodology.
About this position
Student Analysts at the Beeck Center are motivated self-starters looking to drive social change at scale. They are passionate, responsible, detail-oriented, and intellectually curious. As an Analyst, you will be expected to contribute to team efforts, requiring flexibility and a strong work ethic.
The Student Analyst – Unlocking Local Data position is part of our Data + Digital portfolio which includes a number of projects that support better data, design, technology, and innovation practices in government and the public interest fields. This project specifically will involve piloting a new project in three communities to co-create tools built on open civic data to solve problems. The student will support a fellow and project partners in designing the pilot project, coordinating with community and civic participants, and writing about the project.
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, finance, and policy. While this position centers on the Digital Service Collaborative and its projects, it is important that this work integrates with the Beeck Center’s other areas of focus.
We care deeply about the academic, professional, and personal development of our Student Analysts. The Student Analyst experience centers on experiential learning, where you learn through applying theory to your project-based work at our Center. We complement the experiential learning component with further professional development opportunities, such as conferences and workshops. Finally, you will participate in introspective exercises that are designed to help you discover and design your personal pathway as you embark on your career and (hopefully!) undertake a journey in the social impact space.
We are recruiting one (1) Student Analysts to work on the Unlocking Local Data project for 15-20 hours a week. You will work as part of the Beeck Center’s Data + Digital team which includes Director Cori Zarek, Deputy Director Taylor Campbell, and Program Associate Vandhana Ravi.
The Unlocking Local Data Student Analyst will:
- Support the team to design and coordinate a six-month design sprint (inspired by The Opportunity Project model) where community leaders will work alongside city government partners and private sector technologists to develop tools that put data in the hands of communities to enable their recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Managing coordination with the city government partners, civic organization partners, and company partners who will participate in the sprint.
- Documenting the process so other cities can replicate and scale this model.
In addition to the specific responsibilities related to the Digital Service Collaborative project outlined above, Student Analysts will integrate their work with the broader Beeck Center team and portfolio. Moreover, this position will assist with core functions such as communications, synthesis, and operational tasks related to the project.
You must be a current or incoming undergraduate or graduate student at Georgetown University to apply. This position is the right fit for you if you are looking for a challenge and want to grow professionally.
We are looking for candidates with a strong combination of skills and abilities, with an emphasis on strong writers and students with research and analytical skills and professional workplace experience. Applicants with an interest and experience (related coursework and/or employment) in data, business, and/or finance are encouraged to apply. This position is paid (details below) and students on work-study are encouraged to apply.
The Beeck Center strongly encourages those who hold the following intersecting identities to apply: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, poor or working class, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, undocumented, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.
Ideal candidates are comfortable with a start-up work environment and strive to tackle social challenges greater than themselves. An understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the social sector is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of ongoing efforts in areas such as policy innovation, digital service delivery, and data for social good is a plus. In addition, the following skills and abilities are desired:
- Strong organizational, writing, analytical, speaking, and interpersonal skills; attention to detail is a must
- High level of professionalism is a must
- Strong technology and digital skills including familiarity with data sets and open government data
- Prior experience in public, private, and/or nonprofit sectors
- Project management and coordination skills
- Experience as a writer or editor is a plus, particularly for communications-based roles
- Event planning experience is a plus
***Positions involve access to confidential material. Discretion, maturity, and confidential management of all incidental information acquired on the job are essential.
Hours and Compensation
During the fall semester, student analysts can work up to 20 hours/week, though typically hours fall in the 10-15 hours/week range. Applicants 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, starting at minimum wage for undergraduates ($15/hr) and $20/hour for graduates.
Please submit your application through this Google Form. Please be sure to upload your (1) resume and (2) a writing sample (both required), as per the instructions of section II of this online application form.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with final applications due Sunday, August 9 at 9pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. We are planning for a start date of September 14, though please note that this may be subject to change and your preferences, as identified in the survey, will be taken into account.
For questions, please check out our FAQ and if you don’t see the answer, you can send questions through our form, here. If you have any specific questions about this position, please contact Vandhana.Ravi@Georgetown.edu.
Location – Remote Work
Please also note that the Fall 2020 Student Analyst Program will take place in a remote and distributed work environment. The Beeck Center’s team, including students, will NOT have an on-campus presence in the fall semester. Applicants should be prepared to work in a remote environment and through this experience, you will learn how to effectively work on a distributed team.
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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.