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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: October 7, 2020

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Economic Development Intern
Job Code: X202
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: Up to 19.5 hours/week October/November 2020 (exact date negotiable). Temporary position. A minimum commitment until May 2021 is preferred, with an option to extend the internship into Summer 2021. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required.


The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge.  The Economic Development Division is responsible for a wide range of activities designed to meet the City's need for a diversified and thriving economic base. The goals of the Division include:

  • Promoting thriving commercial districts;
  • Cultivating a supportive environment for small, women and minority-owned businesses;
  • Promoting a real estate market that offers a diverse array of options for the development and leasing of business properties of different size use categories;
  • Supporting efforts to sustain a diverse array of employment opportunities accessible to Cambridge workforce;
  • Marketing Cambridge as a location for business; and
  • Maintaining a supportive business climate.

The selected candidate will gain an understanding of the full range of economic development programs offered by the City. The selected candidate will therefore be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on community engagement to small businesses and/or startup companies (this includes both in-person outreach and development of materials), open data development, cross-departmental planning efforts, event management, and other areas as needed.  The candidate can expect the following as part of an initial workplan:

Research and Analysis:

  • Assist with implementation of the Retail Strategic Plan initiatives, including developing a report of Plan outcomes and metrics.
  • Assist in research and analysis to support the development of new or expanding of existing business development programs and reporting.
  • Collect data on different industries and demographic information, use data to create written and graphical data summaries and presentations.

Program Management:

  • Assist with outreach and evaluation of business programs, including existing grant programs like the Small Business Challenge, CARES Act, as well as new or special programs such as the Inman and Harvard Squares construction mitigation efforts.
  • Help market business development programs in the field through the creation of new strategies or through current outreach activities
  • Examine the use of the division's digital platforms for managing programs and assist with implementation of new program management software.
  • Assist with community meetings, open houses, special events, and workshop series on an as-needed basis

Additional projects may be identified based on the applicant's skills and interests and the division's needs.



  • Current student pursuing a degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning, or Business Administration. Graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Interest in economic development and small business programming.
  • Interest in community process and engagement
  • Commitment to supporting the City's economic development goals.
  • Willingness to travel locally and work occasional evenings or weekends for work-related events, including delivering marketing items door-to-door.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the public, one-on-one, and in interdisciplinary groups.
  • Ability to work well with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, Word, and related Google drive applications
  • Understanding of Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign) for editing and design of marketing materials is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of GIS software is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of Salesforce is a plus
  • Experience creating maps, graphs, and slides for presentations and marketing handouts.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Moderate noise level.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.  Answer telephones and maintain multiple files.  May require minimal lifting of up to 10 pounds.  Work involves travel to and through the City to project locations.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


RATE: $16.46/ hour


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to the Personnel Dept., Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 10/28/20.  Position will remain open until filled. Please specify your available start dates and weekly hourly commitment in your cover letter.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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