Programs and Evaluation Fellow

The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) helps the City apply evidence and innovation to reduce poverty and increase equity. We advance research, data, and design in program and policy development, service delivery, and budget decisions. Our work includes analyzing existing anti-poverty approaches, developing new interventions, facilitating the sharing of data across City agencies, and rigorously assessing the impact of key initiatives.

NYC Opportunity manages a discrete fund and works collaboratively with City agencies to design, test, and oversee new programs and digital products. NYC Opportunity also produces research and analysis of poverty and social conditions, including its influential annual Poverty Measure, which provides a more accurate and comprehensive picture of poverty in New York City than the federal rate. Part of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, NYC Opportunity is active in supporting the de Blasio administration’s priority to make equity a core governing principle across all agencies

Graduate fellows will work with NYC Opportunity Programs and Evaluation team staff to support program and policy development, research, performance management/data, and evaluation tasks. Specific projects depend on the individual’s interests and background, as well as the needs of the office.


Fellows will report to one assigned supervisor who will assist with prioritization and work flow, but assignments will come from across the office

Each fellow will work on several specific projects and/or develop an area of specialization; have opportunities to work independently and as part of a team; and fully participate in the activities of a fast-paced mayoral office.

Examples of specific responsibilities could include:

  • Analyzing program performance data and fiscal data.
  • Supporting the development of new initiatives through research.
  • Preparing policy memos focused on poverty-related issues.
  • Assisting in NYC Opportunity program evaluation and the evaluation of key mayoral initiatives.

  Education and Experience

Candidate for Masters Degree (MPH, MPA/MPP, or related degree preferred).

  Skills We're Seeking

Commitment to reducing poverty, and advancing greater equality and opportunity.

Substantial experience with project management, policy analysis, and research. Experience with program evaluation is preferred.

Ability to present ideas cleraly and concisely in writing and orally.

Well-developed interpersonal and team-working skills.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Meet multiple and unpredictable demands.


This is a paid position.

This role requires that candidates be able to commit to working for the fall semester of the coming academic year for at least 16hr/week spread across four half-days.

  How to Apply

Please email us with your resume, cover letter, and availability.

Applcations will be considered on a rolling basis.