Policy and Research Analyst Internship

The Area: Business Intelligence, Research

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish region and serves as a catalyst for growth. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s membership includes more than 1,500 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the Capital Region workforce.  

The Role: Research Intern – Business Intelligence

The Research Intern is responsible for supporting a variety of projects and programs for the Business Intelligence team.  The Business Intelligence team supports the data and analysis needs of the organization, and focuses on cultivating a business-friendly, pro-growth environment through efforts in public education, tax/fiscal policy, transit and transportation, healthcare, crime/criminal justice and other areas that affect regional competitiveness. The Research Intern’s major functions involve reporting on economic trends, updating both internal and public-facing data tracking tools, and researching specific policy issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Track state, regional, and peer economic data and maintain a database of the most recent labor statistics
  • Update data tracking tools and reports including the public community dashboard, BRAC website graphs, monthly Economic Indicator Dashboard, and annual CityStats report on quality-of-life indicators in East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Prepare reports on the latest labor, real estate, tax revenue, and GDP statistics for internal and external distribution
  • Research a variety of economic competitiveness topics, such as: small business creation, public education, intermodal transportation, healthcare, workforce, crime, community resources, real estate, tax revenue, GDP, and regional rankings
  • Develop presentations on various research topics for senior management to present to external stakeholders
  • Conduct quarterly survey of local living costs
  • Handle research requests from community organizations seeking local economic data
  • Perform various office support functions

Required Qualifications:

  • Working towards or completed a B.A. or B.S. in an economic development related course of study (Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, etc.), with a minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Two-plus years of college coursework (current sophomore or junior at a minimum)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Excellent research and quantitative analysis skills
  • Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaborative working style and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Organized and detail oriented

To submit a resume, please contact Andrew Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence, at andrew@brac.org.

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