The Betsy Lehman Center - Data Analyst Intern

Location: Boston, MA

Department: The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

An independent state agency, the Betsy Lehman Center is charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis, and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that will reduce medical error and enhance patient safety in the Commonwealth. The Center was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation, and is supported by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).

The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking an experienced candidate for a 6-month, full-time data analyst internship. This is a temporary position that will run approximately mid-June to mid-December, though exact timing may be flexible. The internship will be based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA.

The analyst will work with the Center’s Research Director and other personnel to analyze data pertaining to patient safety in Massachusetts. Applicants should be current students or recent graduates of quantitative-oriented degree programs with substantive prior experience working with data and the ability to clearly communicate results to diverse audiences. The successful analyst will communicate proactively, work both independently and collaboratively, have excellent attention to detail, and aspire for continuous learning and professional development.

This is a full-time, temporary position that will run approximately 6 months. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017, though exact timing may be flexible. The internship will be based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA.

The salary range of $16 - $25 hourly.



  • Collect, construct, and analyze data pertaining to patient safety, such as reported adverse events and medical claims
  • Utilize appropriate software (e.g., Excel, SAS, R) as needed to summarize data and perform more complex analyses
  • Create clear and concise graphics, including charts and tables, to visually represent data and communicate inferences to diverse audiences
  • Help develop and maintain systems to manage, organize, and track multiple datasets from various sources
  • Ensure adherence to all relevant standards for secure use of data including documentation and  storage
  • Assist the Center’s Director of Research and Analysis with other tasks as necessary



  • Bachelor’s degree with quantitative focus (e.g., statistics, engineering/computer science, economics, and/or public health); may be currently pursuing
  • Strong quantitative skills and conceptual understanding of research methods; substantive prior classroom and/or work experience conducting quantitative research is required
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel; substantive prior experience with a statistical package such as SAS, R, Stata, and/or other programming experience is strongly preferred; prior experience working with health care claims data is a plus
  • Familiarity with health systems and clinical terminology preferred
  • Proven attention to detail and self-organization
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively; proactive communication skills, commitment to meeting deadlines and effectively juggling multiple projects, and willingness to pitch in
  • Inquisitiveness and originality in thinking; ability to probe, approach problems creatively
  • Strong judgement and discretion; ability to strictly adhere to relevant policies governing confidential data
  • Energetic interest in the Betsy Lehman Center’s mission and work


The Betsy Lehman Center is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tonya Bourassa 617-701-8127.

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