Job Board

Mission & Vision

The Governance Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering ( aims to improve our lives and communities by changing how we govern by using new technology. We work on high impact, multi-disciplinary projects with partners in city, state, and national governments and other public interest organizations and institutions in the United States and around the world.

Current Openings

Research Assistant (NYU Intern)

Research Assistant (NYU Intern)

Responsibilities include:

  • Mapping and researching the emerging field of open and collaborative governance;
  • Documenting, and synthesizing the findings from reviews of published literature related to the field of open government;
  • Identifying and capturing new ideas and practices on how to make decisions and solve public problems;
  • Providing news and other updates through blog posts and social media on subjects related to the work of the GovLab;
  • Completing various tasks to support the ongoing development of the GovLab Observatory which includes the weekly GovLab Digest;
  • Supporting communications and meetings held on behalf of the GovLab and the members of its Network;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NYU graduate student with background in technology, computer sciences, communications, political science, public policy, international affairs, law and/or economics;
  • Proven research, technical and analytical skills;
  • Strong writing and editing abilities;
  • Familiarity with new research tools and interest in new ways of presenting information (including visualization tools);
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work independently;
  • Proficient with social media and web platform technologies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in the field.

Position specifics:

  • Hourly position with pay rate based on NYU student employee pay scale
  • 20 hours/week

How to Apply

All interested applicants should apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, description of relevant academic and professional project experiences, and writing sample via the posting to

Junior Full Stack Developer

Junior Full Stack Developer

The development team at the GovLab is a small but agile in-house team of experienced designers, product managers and software engineers who collaborate with GovLab leadership to design, create and build usable tools, platforms and products. As our name suggests, we are in the business of experimentation with new technology to strengthen democracy, and are looking for those who want to build open source software that is optimized for change. We believe in rough consensus, running code and co-creating products with our users through frequent iteration.

As a team member of the GovLab, your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with GovLab leadership to bring ideas to life;
  • Creating an IT infrastructure for the development of innovation inside an academic setting;
  • Representing GovLab at conferences, hackathons and on our blogs;
  • Developing quick proofs of concepts for prototype testing and iteration;
  • Deploying interactive and data-driven web content.

The GovLab is seeking candidates with proven experience in software and product development for a junior full stack developer position. You'll get to work on exciting tech-intensive projects like:

  • Designing and building an expert network to connect governance innovators within and across public and private sectors;
  • Developing an online education platform to run high impact courses for civic innovators;
  • Analyzing data flows in the criminal justice system to find opportunities for data sharing to decrease incarceration and crime.

Here's what we're looking for:

You're the kind of person that is passionate for civic tech, open government, and open data. You're good at problem solving and thinking critically, and are great at communicating your ideas.

You have a strong, demonstrable background in JavaScript and JQuery, and other front-end technologies (especially HTML5 and CSS3), and are enthusiastic about learning new front-end frameworks. You're passionate about writing maintainable CSS and are proficient with at least one CSS preprocessor (such as LESS or Sass). You're familiar with Python (the more the better!) and you have an active interest in unit testing and agile methodologies. And perhaps most importantly, you love learning new things and play well with others. As we continue to explore our technology stack at GovLab, you're the kind of person that will be eager to play with and learn cutting edge tools like Meteor or React.

Depending on the candidate, there is the possibility of this position being remote.


  • B.S. in Computer Science (or related field) or at least 2 years equivalent practical experience;
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills;
  • Expertise in JavaScript, JQuery, HTML/CSS;
  • Familiarity with Python is a plus.

How to Apply

Please send your CV to We’d also love to see some code you’ve written, so please feel free to send us a link to your Github profile or anywhere else we can see your work.