Position Description

Interested in learning about information systems in a large organization and have a desire to contribute to the public good? The Information Technology group at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health is seeking exceptional students to assist technical teams with implementing public health systems out of its Boston headquarters. This unpaid internship will provide valuable exposure to students new to data analysis, gathering requirements, data migration, database creation, quality assurance, document creation, and many other valuable IT aptitudes.

Our group is looking to mentor a student with the ability to take direction from, and work collaboratively with, senior developers, project managers, and business partners across the full software development lifecycle. Candidates must have a desire to work in an applied setting; learning hands-on outside of the classroom. With this opportunity, the prospective student will gain development experience in a large organizational environment, with the potential to develop oneself for future employment opportunities.

Basic Qualifications

  • Applicant must be at least the minimum age required by Federal, state or local laws & employment standards.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, or hold appropriate employment authorization documentation.
  • Applicant must be a Junior or Senior currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field of equivalent education and experience.
  • Must be able to produce a letter of verification from your educational institution showing proof of enrollment.
  • Transportation to on-site locations required.
  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office Product Suite.

Technology Qualifications

  • Demonstrate proficiency of relational database knowledge with at least one of the following aptitudes: SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, or PostgreSQL.
  • Demonstrate basic familiarity with at least one of the following object oriented programming languages: C, C++, C#, Java, or comparable.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following scripting language a plus: Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.
  • Front-end web development experience desirable with at least one of the following aptitudes: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery.

Other Requirements

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to gather and understand business requirements.
  • Test, debug, and document all work.
  • Design, develop, test, and deploy based on detailed REQs.
  • Ability to gather, synthesize, and present data visually.

Preferred time commitment: Full time (40 hr/wk) availability for at least 2.5 months (Fall Semester 2017). Position will be primarily located at 250 Washington Street, Boston MA 02105.


Please submit a (1) page resume and one-page cover letter to the primary contact for this position before September 1st, 2017 for consideration for the Fall 2017 semester.

Primary Contact Name: Kyle Laird
Email: Kyle.Laird@MassMail.State.MA.US

This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.