Introducing DataLA Summer Academy

Come work with us!

The Mayor’s Data Team implements Mayor Garcetti’s data strategy for the City of Los Angeles. We work with city departments, the civic tech community, sister cities, private partners, and academics to develop insights and digital tools that make the City more livable and equitable for all Angelenos.

This summer, we’re kicking it up a notch and launching our first Summer Academy. The Academy is a unique opportunity for students to get first-hand experience in analytics, app development, and communications in City Hall. This competitive 12 week internship will give you a chance to work directly with city departments and support data-driven and innovative strategies for addressing prevailing issues in Los Angeles, working on policy topics ranging from sustainability to public safety.

Intern positions are available in any of these three areas:

In addition to choosing a focus area, interns will also support ongoing open data priorities within their placements. Tasks may include:

  • Identifying requested datasets to be published on the Open Data Portal and the GeoHub
  • Creating descriptive pages to make recently published data more accessible and meaningful to users

Minimum qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, research, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter; works well in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiar with the concepts of open data
  • Passion for using data to improve the city of Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate or graduate student working toward a degree in GIS, computer science, engineering, user-centered design, journalism, public policy or related field

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in GIS and mapping concepts and tools or equivalent a plus
  • Experience with front end development a plus
  • Experience translating business needs into technical implementations, including mapping out business processes and data models a plus

To apply:

Please send the following items to sari[dot]ladin [at] lacity[dot]org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (one page maximum)

Applications are due by April 23, 2017 at midnight PT.


Thank you for your interest in the DataLA Summer Academy!