Regional Information & Policy Center Data and GIS Intern

25 Oct 2022

Regional Information & Policy Center
Data and GIS Intern Position
Spring/Summer 2023

Up to two intern positions available

About PVPC

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region.  Its focus is both local – for the good of individual communities – and regional – for the good of the area overall.  We are a public agency with a primary responsibility for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the region at large and improve its residents’ quality of life. Learn more about what we do at

About the Regional Information & Policy Center

The Information and Policy Center collects and analyzes data for all planning sections of the PVPC, with the biggest emphasis tending to focus on economic development and sustainable land use planning projects. This section also provides data and technical assistance to the 43 cities and towns in the Pioneer Valley region and periodically works on client-based projects for these municipalities as well as non-profit and private organizations with projects ranging from surveys, economic impact analyses, assistance with census data, and collaborative data sharing initiatives.

Intern Roles and Responsibilities

The tasks of a data and policy intern will vary depending on the skills and experience of the person hired and the current workload of the department.  They are likely to include many of the following:

  • Participate in the collection of data for technical assistance and data requests by municipal officials and local non-profit organizations.
  • Collect data to assist in updating Pioneer Valley Data, PVPC’s data website (
  • Assist in GIS data development, GIS data analysis, and basic cartography.
  • Collect data and assist in analytical writing and formatting in preparation for regional COVID-19 Recovery data dashboard (
  • Collect, format, and write about data to assist with digital equity plans and other topic specific reports.
  • Collect, format, and input education data into data dashboard to support early literacy efforts in Springfield.
  • Support, as needed, the Regional Information and Policy Center staff with additional tasks and projects as they arise.

 Learning Opportunities

  • Gain knowledge and experience with an extensive variety of online data sources including many federal and state government databases.
  • Write and learn to present data in a way that is accessible for a variety of audiences.
  • Extract, analyze, and present a range of data sets with different challenges and methods.
  • Contributions to the development of publications and online material.
  • Learn firsthand about the functions of a regional planning agency and its roles and interactions with local government.


  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Extensive experience using Excel. 
  • Experience gathering data from government websites (census, employment, housing, etc.).
  • Strong skills in presenting data in visually appealing ways including graphs, charts, and infographics a plus.
  • Strong skills in technical writing and the ability to write about data and trends in a clear and concise manner.
  • Creativity in presenting information and strong communication skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access, Tableau, PowerPoint, GIS or Word Press are preferred but not required.
  • Must be a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student.


This position is remote, though it may shift to in-person work. The position is supervised Molly Jackson-Watts, Manager of Data, Education, and Municipal Technology. 

Term and Compensation

Ideal candidates should be available for spring semester of 2023, beginning in January 2023, going through on or around June 30, 2023. This position may continue through the summer or fall semester at the discretion of the PVPC.

This is a temporary position, and there are no fringe benefits associated with it such as health insurance, paid vacation or holiday time. You will accrue one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, but you cannot access any accumulated sick time until after 90 days of work.

There is some flexibility in the number of hours per week ranging from 8-15 depending on availability and workload. More hours may be available during the summer and school vacations.

The position is paid $15/hour.

The PVPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion and disability in employment or the provision of services.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to:  Molly Jackson-Watts at  

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a preference to those received before target date of Monday, December 5th.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

Board of Health

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Commercial Area Revitalization District

Community Action Statement

Central Business District

Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

Community Development

Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Corporation

Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Works

Developments of Regional Impact

Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Economic Development Administration

Economic Development Council

Economic Development District

Economic Development Data and Information System

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Justice

Environmental Notification Form

Economic Opportunity Area

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Site Assessment

Economic Target Area

Federal Aid

Functional Classification (of roadways)

Federal Housing Administration

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

Federal Highway Administration

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Federal Transit Administration

Greenhouse Gas

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

Geographic Information System

Global Positioning System

Housing Appeal Committee


Holyoke Community College

Housing Development Support Program

Housing Innovation Fund

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

Highway Overlay District

Historic Overlay District

Homeownership Opportunities Program

High Occupancy Vehicle

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Production Plan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Invitation for Bid

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Job Access and Reverse Commute

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Joint Transportation Committee

Local Board(s) of Health

Limited English Proficiency

Local Housing Authority

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Level of Service

Local Option Transportation Tax

Local Pavement Management System

Light Rail Vehicle

Local Technical Assistance

Massachusetts General Laws

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

Uniform procurement law for local governments


Planning/comprehensive permits

Smart growth zoning and housing production

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

Subdivision control

Expedited permitting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

Minority Business Enterprises

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

Municipal Incentive Grant

Massachusetts Municipal Association

Memorandum of Agreement

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Memorandum of Understanding

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Martha's Vineyard Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

National Association of Regional Councils

New England Association of Regional Councils

Non-Federal Aid

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

National Highway System

Neighborhood Housing Services program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Nitrogen Oxide

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Transportation Safety Board

Old Colony Planning Council

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Pavement Condition Index

Priority Development Fund

Purchase of Development Rights

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

Pavement Management System 

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pavement Management Users Group

Planner on a Disc

Public Participation Process

Planned Unit Residential Development

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

Rental Development Action Loan

Regional Employment Board

Regional Education and Business Alliance

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Request For Proposal

Request for Qualifications

Request for Response

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Roadway Inventory Files

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Planning Agency

Regional Pavement Management System

Regional Transit Authority

Regional Technology Corporation

Regional Transportation Plan

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

Small Business Administration

Supplier Diversity Office 

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

Sustainable Knowledge Corridor

Single Occupancy Vehicle

Special Permit

Special Permit Planning

Site Plan Review

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Single Room Occupancy

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Springfield Technical Community College

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Surface Transportation Program

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

Transportation Demand Management

Transfer of Development Rights

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

Tax Increment Financing

Transportation Improvement Program

The Literacy Project

Turning Movement Count

Traditional Neighborhood District

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

Transportation Research Board

Trip Reduction Ordinance

Transportation Systems Management

Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Land Institute

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Unified Planning Work Program

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Public Land Survey

Underground Storage Tanks

Vehicle Miles Traveled

Volatile Organic Compound

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

Ware Adult Learning Center

Weatherization Assistance Program

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Wellhead Protection Area

Western New England University

Water Quality Management Plan

Westfield River Watershed Association

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

Water Supply Protection [District]

Westfield State University

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)