Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

About the Agency:

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing
preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for
New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the
existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building
owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, which was updated in 2020 through
Your Home NYC to strengthen our efforts to build and preserve affordable housing, create neighborhood wealth, and
protect renters.

Your Team:

HPD’s Office of Policy and Strategy (OPS) cuts across traditional areas of responsibility within HPD’s organizational
structure to support and strengthen the work of the agency’s various divisions holistically, in close collaboration with the
Commissioner’s Office. The Policy Development and Special Initiatives unit (PDSI) is part of OPS’s Division of
Housing Policy (DHP). PDSI is an interdisciplinary team of policy and data analysts, technical researchers, and project
managers whose work covers a dynamic portfolio of short- and long-term policy projects. PDSI works across the agency
to further its mission by assessing policy proposals, designing new initiatives, and reviewing the impacts of existing policy.

Your Impact:

The Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern will work in a team-based environment to pair holistic thinking with
quantitative analysis to advance practical solutions and innovative ideas that address the city’s most pressing housing
challenges. As part of PDSI, the intern will be responsible for conducting analyses for existing or new policy projects.
Examples of such projects include the following: evaluating the potential to reform property tax exemptions for the
rehabilitation or construction of rental housing; identifying segments of the housing stock where eviction may be most
common; and summarizing citywide demographic trends for the Where We Live NYC fair housing plan.

Your Role:

The Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern will contribute to and support a variety of PDSI’s ongoing and dynamic
work portfolio, contributing to the analytic basis for the recommendations and insight the team provides. Under the
supervision of PDSI staff, the intern will work collaboratively across the Division of Housing Policy. Project types in PDSI
include:

 

  • Short-term, one-off requests for analysis from fellow team members, colleagues around HPD, or external partners
  • Medium-term, months-long engagements with stakeholders to shape policy projects
  • Recurring updates of PDSI data products for both internal and external use
    PDSI team members benefit from skill- and knowledge-building workshops, guest talks, and exposure to pressing issues relevant to New York City. PDSI leadership will support the professional development and growth of the Housing Policy Research and Analysis Intern through individual guidance and support. The intern can expect to strengthen their data analysis skills, learn more about the policy development process, and gain insights into specific affordable housing and urban policy issues in New York City. The internship would be unpaid but receiving academic credit is feasible. A commitment of weeks and hours per week is expected but flexible and open to discussion with interested candidates.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in manipulating, cleaning, and processing large datasets
  • Using data and policy analysis creatively to solve challenging problems in a team-based environment
  • Creating visualizations, including maps, to communicate analysis results and findings
  • Using results from their own and others’ research and analysis to support policy discussions and PDSI projects
  • Collaborating with PDSI colleagues, as well as PDSI clients, to ensure the strengths and limitations of data sets
    and analysis methods is understood and maximized to answer policy questions

Preferred Skills:

  • Desire to be part of a high performing team and excellent teamwork skills
  • Commitment to public service and passion for using skills to advance the common good
  • An interest in developing further knowledge around housing, real estate, and land use policy issues relevant to
    New York City
  • Willingness to learn how to manage and manipulate administrative data and use data sets produced by the U.S Census Bureau, including Census tables and PUMS microdata, and by New York City and State government agencies
  • Experience analyzing large datasets in languages such as R, Python, Stata, or SAS
  • Ability to use or interest in learning geographic information systems (GIS) software to create maps and perform spatial analyses
  • Experience with or interest in financial modeling for multifamily residential buildings

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Tamarsha Battice at batticet@hpd.nyc.gov. Only those candidates considered
for an interview will be contacted.