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    This is a Student Trainee (Policy Analyst) position under the Pathways Internship Program. The employee performs a range of Policy Analyst duties that are designed to enhance his/her professional knowledge conducting in-depth analyses, and provides staff support for comprehensive and long-term planning and strategy. Positions are located in Cambridge, MA.

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    As a Policy Analyst Intern you will perform duties involving basic principles of quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and will work as a member of a project team in one of Volpe’s organizations. Project work varies by division, to learn more visit: https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work. You will carry out specific assignments in accordance with defined work procedures outlined by your supervisor. Complexity of duties increases with experience.

    Major duties may include:

    • Performing analysis to support the identification of institutional and policy issues through the examination of new technologies that are under development.
    • Assisting with analysis to develop policy options and alternative strategies in response to issues.
    • Developing and applying objective principles and metrics to evaluate and/or test hypotheses regarding policy options and policy decisions.
    • Helping to assess the political, social, economic, and institutional environment in which transportation policy decisions are made and implemented.
    • Analyzing how a particular technology is likely to transition from research into the marketplace for adoption and use by consumers, travelers, and institutions.
    • Assisting with developing and drafting policy memorandums, white papers, and other technical research reports that analyze and present critical research findings.
    • Traveling to field sites for testing or assignments and performing other related duties, as appropriate. Areas of study may include: emerging trends in transportation technology and safety, innovative research, decision analysis, risk assessment, economic regulations, strategic planning, program evaluation, and transportation legislation.

    The ideal candidate is a self-starter and a team player with interest in researching, analyzing, developing, and implementing policies and guidance.  As part of a multidisciplinary team, you will work collaboratively across organizational boundaries to contribute to the design and implementation of Federal transportation programs, strategic plans, and qualitative evaluations.  Relevant coursework includes courses that involve analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc., which provide an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Possible policy areas include emerging trends in transportation technology, decision analysis, risk assessment, economic regulations, qualitative analysis, strategic planning, program evaluation, environmental analysis, environmental permitting, and transportation legislation.

    Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good.

    Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and a willingness to take initiative will help you to find—or to create—the projects that interest you the most. Good social skills will allow you to establish a close rapport with our clients both over the phone and in the field. Here is your opportunity to study trains, planes, automobiles, boats, buses, bicycles, traffic lights, pipelines, sidewalks, unmanned and autonomous systems, or hyperloops—yes, even hyperloops. To learn more about the work we do, please visit our website: www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515083000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.