The Strategic Engagement Team at the Regional Community & Outreach department is looking for a student who is fiercely committed to racial economic justice to help support the suite of activities related to creating conditions to close the racial wealth divide (primary focus of internship) and exploring the critical role that childcare plays as an economic issue
The majority of the internship work will focus on support activities related to the launch of our pilot municipal-level intervention in the Greater Boston designed to support a cohort of municipalities in developing and implementing racial equity action plans to achieve a range of tangible improvements in community-level economic outcomes including, but not limited to, addressing programs, and practices that contribute to the racial wealth divide. In addition, the student will get a chance to support the engagement work on another key area of work for our Department that focuses on ways in which working parents inability secure child care that meets their needs shows up as an economic/employment issue in New England.
This is a unique opportunity for a student to be immersed in the applied aspects of economic development work. Student will get a chance to interact with internal and external partners, conduct research on best practices around racial equity to inform the new initiative and present recommendations/findings to the internal team/external partners and help coordinate meeting with local and national stakeholders. Most importantly, this will be a chance for a student to learn new skills and sharpen their thinking. The supervisor of the intern is a mixed-methods researcher with a desire and knowledge to teach/train students and a commitment to helping students thrive.
A more precise (but subject to adjust) scope of work includes:
· Community engagement activities related to Racial Equity Municipal Action Planning (REMAP) and Child Care for Working Parents Initiative (including assistance with administrative tasks such as meeting coordination, notetaking, material prep, etc.);
· Basic research analysis activities (literature review on value of participatory action research; collecting articles on a racial wealth divide and highlighting themes; gathering/summarizing publicly available information in basic charts/grasp).
· Assist in event planning/ organization to: 1) introduce our racial wealth divide framing paper to broader set of stakeholders in Greater Boston area ; and 2) support our role in the System Racial Equity Learning Community (RELC)
Knowledge and Experience:
This opportunity is well suited for a graduate student working towards their Masters degree or an advanced Bachelor level college student who is well acquainted in topics related to political science, applied economics, structural inequality, race/racism, intersectionality, social constructivism approaches (including but not limited to the work of social construction of target populations, problem definition & agenda setting) and other similar fields.
All employees assigned to this position will be subject to FBI fingerprint/ criminal background and Patriot Act/ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) watch list checks at least once every five years. All candidates must undergo an enhanced background check and comply with all applicable information handling rules.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or skills associated with this position or the personnel so classified. While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of this position, management reserves the right to revise this or any job description at its discretion at any time.