Research & Policy Intern
Schedule: Part-time, based on class schedule
Reports to: Director of Research & Policy
HOME’s Internship Program provides outstanding college students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at a non-profit organization. Through advanced project work assignments and professional development activities, interns are provided with an extensive understanding of the design, coordination, and implementation of housing research activities, assisting in policy development and dissemination, and the implementation of fair housing activities and projects. Interns will be given the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills through research analysis, formal presentations, and writing. In addition to specific business area tasks, you will receive targeted training, mentorship, and exclusive networking opportunities.
Key Responsibilities & Data Management:
Public policy initiatives using all appropriate data sources, including HOME client data, HOME fair housing test data; data collected through primary review of records, such as deeds; various public and private sources of aggregated housing-related data, such as HMDA data; secondary sources of data, such as reports by other organizations; information from federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and publications; General Assembly bill tracking; and other data as needed. Prepare reports on research activities as appropriate.
- Current college sophomores and juniors.
- 3.0+ overall GPA.
- Demonstrated ability to influence and lead others.
- Creative thinker who embraces change.
- Strong project management skills, including organization, planning and execution, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment
- Comfortable with technology, it’s changing nature and ability to innovate upon it
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, particularly Word, Excel and Access are required.
- Ability to apply other software applications is a plus.
The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and manage appropriate professional relationships with both clients and co-workers.
In addition, all employees of HOME are expected to meet these general qualifications:
- Strong commitment to social justice
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- The ability to communicate complex issues, data and concepts clearly
- The ability to function effectively within and/or high performance, cross divisional work teams
- The ability to coordinate key program activities across programs
- Willingness to participate in fund development activities and effectively manage key constituent relationships and provide the necessary client data and information to HOME
- The ability to act independently and proactively
- The ability to adapt to changing circumstances
- Exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
- The ability to manage multiple projects
- The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and substantial contact with the public
- Business Acumen
- Communication Proficiency
- Strategic Thinking
- Project Management
- Time Management
This is largely a sedentary role, requiring use of typical office equipment such as a computer, laptop and office phone. Requires some lifting to 25 lbs.
This is a part-time position and requires office attendance. Days and hours will vary based on student school hours and project tasks.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to [email protected] and include Research and Policy Intern in the subject line. HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.
HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.
All HOME employees are expected to exemplify the following universal performance standards and principles:
Eliminating Racism: Exemplify HOME’s commitment to social justice and to the dismantling of racism in all activities.
Commitment to Fair Housing: Regardless of their position, cooperate fully in assisting the Center for Fair Housing in the investigation of housing discrimination when requested.
Commitment to Fund Development: Cooperate fully in appropriate fund development activities of the agency, including the appropriate management of key constituent relationships.
Leadership: Demonstrate integrity; take initiative; look for and accept responsibility; be a creative problem solver; recognize the contributions of others and help build consensus. Staff members are also expected to maintains a positive attitude and keep personal issues out of the workplace.
Teamwork: In recognition of the matrixed nature of HOME, demonstrate a commitment and ability to effectively work in a variety of work teams; establish and maintain effective working relationships; show respect for and support others and work cooperatively. Each staff member is expected to utilize a wide variety of skills across programmatic lines and appropriately and effectively coordinate activities with other departments.
Communication: Effectively and positively communicate with a variety of people in the workplace.
Professionalism: Adhere to established personnel policies and work standards. Maintain a professional demeanor; handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy; listen to others; maintain excellent oral and written self expression; represent themselves and the organization well in public.
Customer Service: Demonstrate a commitment to, maintain high standards and practices of top quality customer service and adhere to the customer service standards established by the organization.
Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate a high degree of technical knowledge relative to the position; maintains a high degree of knowledge about HOME and it programs and look for ways to enhance skills. Each staff member is expected to have a basic working knowledge about the use of technology including computers and voicemail.
Planning/Analysis/Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to anticipate and solve problems, weigh consequences and make appropriate decisions.
Use of Time: Is punctual, makes good use of time while in the office and does not spend excessive work time on personal matters.
Flexibility: Demonstrate a willingness to try new approaches, able to compromise, responds to unscheduled requests.
Reliability: Can be relied upon by co-workers and supervisors to complete tasks well and on time, works independently.