This course is an experiential-learning lab that will enable students to work on financial and operational challenges with real-world clients. Projects typically include the cities of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge; departments of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the MBTA; local infrastructure projects; local congressional offices; and budgetary/operational challenges. There will also be projects associated with the Bloomberg Field Lab Program, which include cities outside of Massachusetts. Additional course work includes training in advanced relevant analytical skills, such as GIS mapping and financial spreadsheet modelling. Extensive field work is required, including multiple visit to client sites. Students who complete the course may be eligible for paid summer follow-on work in the field, or conducting research on the relevant datasets.
Prerequisite: Basic analytical skills in budget/finance/accounting (demonstrated through course work such as MLD-411, MLD-601, API-141, or similar) or MBA program; and permission of the instructor. Applicants will be required to submit a short statement of interest.