• Data Analyst Intern

    Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/23/2019 11:47 AM)
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    Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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    Connecticut School Finance Project
  • Overview

    Founded in 2015, the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project (www.ctschoolfinace.org) strives to be a trusted, nonpartisan, and independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.

    The goals of the Connecticut School Finance Project are to:

    • Build knowledge about how the current school funding systems works;
    • Bring together stakeholders who are impacted by how schools are funded;
    • Identify solutions to Connecticut’s school funding challenges that are fair to students and taxpayers, and strengthen schools and communities.

    Although not a member-based organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders, including education and community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and individuals interested in how school finance impacts students and schools. We aim to incorporate the viewpoints and perspectives of these stakeholders to develop fair, well-thought-out solutions that help create a sensible and equitable school funding system that meets the needs of Connecticut and all of its public school students.


    In addition to our work addressing Connecticut’s school finance challenges, in November 2017, the Connecticut School Finance Project expanded its focus to include an examination of Connecticut’s state finances and fiscal outlook. The expanded focus is the result of our organization frequently hearing from Connecticut residents about the need for greater, more accessible information about Connecticut’s financial state and fiscal challenges.


    In an effort to meet this need and desire, the Connecticut School Finance Project launched a new initiative aimed at serving as a nonpartisan resource for state and local policymakers, community leaders, and all Connecticut citizens looking for transparent, accessible, and approachable information about the State’s budget and finances. Connecticut School Finance project is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, (www.tsne.org).




    Reporting to the Director of Data and Policy, the Data Analyst Intern will support research and policy development projects that advance the Project’s goal of developing policy proposals with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to fix Connecticut’s broken school funding system and improve the fiscal picture of the state. The ideal Intern will have strong analytical skills, including proficiency in supporting tools, such as Excel and enjoy the interpretation of information and data. The Data Analyst Intern should be interested in fixing how schools in Connecticut are funded and the structural issues at the heart of Connecticut’s fiscal picture.


    Essential Job Functions

    • Support the organization’s quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, and assist in the preparation of policy reports and briefs to answer questions about Connecticut school finance system and related issues;
    • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure accuracy and precision in analysis;
    • Assist stakeholders in the creation of tools and visualizations that explain the problem with the school finance system, and later, potential solutions.

    Learning Opportunities

    • Build knowledge and understanding about education policy and school finance in Connecticut;
    • Develop advanced/expert Excel skills;
    • Opportunities to learn statistical analysis programs (R) and data visualization programs (Tableau).



    The internship will be 8-10 hours per week during the fall session. Hours will be flexible, and we will work around commitments.




    At the preference of the Data Analyst Intern and the requirements of his/her degree program, the internship can be modified to meet requirements necessary to obtain credit towards a degree. The Data Analyst Intern will be paid $10.10/hr.



    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • The candidate must be pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university, preference will be given to candidates pursuing a degree in public policy, government, economics, business, law, public administration or related field;
    • Quantitative data analysis using spreadsheets (Excel) and familiarity with statistical analysis;
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
    • Commitment to credible and independent analysis and attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail;
    • Ability to “multi-task” and deliver high quality work.

    Personal Qualifications

    • An interest in education and state policy;
    • Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter;
    • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
    • Flexible, resourceful and persistent;
    • Ability to be tactful and diplomatic in challenging situations;
    • An optimistic outlook and ability to move past challenges;
    • Sense of humor.

    TSNE MissionWorks/Connecticut School Finance Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Connecticut School Finance Project  will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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