This course is an experience-learning lab that will enable students to work on financial and operational challenges in the local community. Projects typically include work in the cities of Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, departments of the state of MA, the MBTA, local infrastructure projects, local congressional offices and budgetary/operational challenges. Additional course work includes training in advanced relevant analytical skills, such as GIS mapping and financial spreadsheet modelling. Extensive field work. 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, 411M, MLD-401M, API-401, or similar) or MBA program; and permission of the instructor. Applicants will be required to submit a short statement of interest.