Data Analyst Intern

Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/21/2022 4:01 PM)
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School and State Finance Project


The School and State Finance Project ( is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization that works collaboratively with policymakers, communities, and other key stakeholders to develop data-driven solutions that ensure all public school students receive equitable education funding that supports their learning needs.


Our Mission: To eliminate racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding.


Our Vision: All Connecticut students have equitable funding, access, and opportunities — no matter their race, socio-economic status, learning needs, or zip code.


Since our founding in 2015, we have secured additional need-based funding for over 400,000 Connecticut students, directly engaged nearly 15,000 community members, and led the effort to implement a comprehensive, student-centered funding formula.


We are an independent and trustworthy source of high-quality research and accessible analysis, and serve as a bridge between those who demand equity for all students and the elected leaders who are charged with making policy.


Our work includes conducting front-line community engagement work with families, students, and schools; building public knowledge about how Connecticut funds K-12 education; and increasing transparency around education funding and district spending by providing greater public access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-understand data and information.


The School and State Finance Project is also a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (




Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director for Data, Policy, and Special Projects, the Data Analyst Intern will support research and policy development projects that advance the Project’s goal of eliminating racial and economic disparities in Connecticut education funding. 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 as well as generally increasing equity in the education finance space.


Specific job responsibilities and opportunities include:


  • Performing quantitative and qualitative analyses to develop effective and efficient school finance policy solutions.
  • Collaborating with team members on research projects from end to end, including developing research questions and designs, collecting and cleaning data, analyzing data, analyzing policy, surfacing best practices, and presenting findings through written reports, presentations, web tools, and data visualizations.
  • Maintaining internal data systems containing state education, economic, and fiscal and budgetary data series for use in research and policy efforts.
  • Executing and communicating well-defined analyses in an independent manner.
  • Documenting tasks, methods, data, and findings to a high level of precision, and ensuring accuracy and efficiency in all work.


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

  • Candidates 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 a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex, technical information to non-expert audiences.
  • Commitment to credible and independent policy research and analysis, and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


Learning Opportunities

  • Manage and execute an independent research project aligned to the organizational mission and selected by the intern in collaboration with the School and State Finance Project team.
  • Build knowledge of public policy process, education policy, and school finance.
  • Gain experience working as part of a collaborative team to accomplish ambitious goals.
  • Develop advanced/expert Excel skills.
  • Gain experience with new data analysis and visualization tools such as R, Python, Tableau, Shiny, and/or Leaflet.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performedOffice at 2321 Whitney Avenue, Suite 104, Hamden, CT 06518. 10-18 hours per week, Monday-Friday; In office 1-2 days per week with remaining time being remote work.

 Compensation: The starting rate for this position is $16.50/hour and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.


TSNE/SSFP strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/SSFP prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/SSFP celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.


TSNE/SSFP's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.


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