Data Analyst Intern - The Betsy Lehman Center

Location: Boston, MA

Department: The Betsy Lehman Center

Type: Contracted

Min. Experience: Entry Level

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-January to mid-June 2018, though exact timing may be flexible. This internship may lead to a permanent staff position for the right candidate. 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 graduates of quantitative-oriented degree programs (holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher). Current graduate students will also be considered. The duties for this position will involve extensive use of SAS to analyze health care administrative claims data, as well as other patient safety-related data. A firm requirement of the position is substantive prior experience utilizing statistical software packages (ideally SAS) to work with health care data (ideally administrative claims data, such as commercial claims or Medicare data).  Applicants should also have the demonstrated 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.

A non-regulatory 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).

This is a full-time position based in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston MA. The hourly range is between $16.00 to $25.00.  This posting will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday 11/29.


  • Collect and analyze data pertaining to patient safety (e.g., administrative claims data), utilizing appropriate software (e.g., SAS, Excel) as needed to clean and 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 bases of programming code and 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


  • Specific requirement: Completed bachelor’s degree with quantitative focus (e.g., economics, public health with quantitative focus, engineering, computer science, statistics). Graduate degree (completed or in-progress) strongly preferred
  • Specific requirement: Substantive prior experience utilizing a statistical software package (ideally SAS) to conduct quantitative research using health care data (ideally administrative claims data, such as commercial or Medicare data). Relevant experience should have been obtained through a research assistantship, extended academic research project, and/or previous job. Applicants should clearly highlight the experience that meets this requirement on their resume, explain it in detail in their cover letter, and provide the name of at least one reference who can speak to this experience specifically (e.g., a former supervisor or instructor)
  • Strong quantitative skills and understanding of various research methods and their limitations
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity with health systems and clinical terminology preferred
  • Strong 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


CHIA 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.

In compliance with federal laws, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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